The good news for the Rochester Knighthawks is that they are on a season high game three-game winning streak and now have a record of 5-11. The bad news is that they are officially eliminated from the playoffs with New England (8-8) claiming the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division.
This Saturday, April 20th, the Knighthawks will be facing off against the Vancouver Warriors. The Warriors also sit at 5-11 but are one game behind Colorado (6-10) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division. The Mammoth lost their final home game to the Knighthawks by the score of 10-9 last weekend in a thrilling overtime game, while Vancouver remains in playoff contention after winning comfortably against Philadelphia (3-14), 19-12 last week.
So, the Knighthawks, who played spoiler last weekend to Colorado, can once again play spoiler, this time against the Warriors. With a Warriors loss and Mammoth win in San Diego against the Seals, the Mammoth will be the fourth and final seed in the West Division.
So the pressure for Saturday’s game is all on Vancouver.
During their three-game winning streak, the Knighthawks have outscored their opponents (New England, Toronto, and Colorado) by a margin of 35-27. So it is good to see after the massive trade deadline deals for Rochester that the offense is clicking for this new group.
These next two games will be the final home games for this Knighthawks group. Next season, a number of players and staff will be relocating to Halifax for the Thunderbirds inaugural season. Rochester will be given a new team and staff with the same name with the Pegula’s as owners. The Pegula Family also owns the Buffalo Bandits who currently hold the best record in the NLL (12-4).
Faceoff for Saturday’s game is set for 7:30pm at The Blue Cross Arena.