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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
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Rock Defeat Knighthawks 10-6

By Jeremy Pike | Staff Writer
Photo Credit Micheline Veluvolu

The Toronto Rock (5-2) took the season series two games to one over the Rochester Knighthawks (2-5) with a 10-6 victory Saturday evening in front of 5,483 fans at the Blue Cross Arena. The Rock were able to rebound from their overtime loss to the Georgia Swarm Friday evening.

“It’s a real big win for us,” said Toronto head coach Matt Sawyer. “Being able to bounce back after a tough loss last night against Georgia. Told the boys in there they might not realize the magnitude of this win until later on in the season. Able to get the tiebreaker on Rochester, it’s almost like a four-point game or whatever you want to call it. Real big win, wasn’t a pretty one but a lot of times from a coaching standpoint, those are the best ones. It was a ‘grind-y’, gritty game and we’re sure happy with the way it ended.”

“We came into a tough building, divisional rival, we were both fighting to take that season series,” said Rock goalie Nick Rose. “For us to come out on top, that’s pretty big for us. The boys are pretty excited.”

“There is some bright spots, but bright spots don’t win you games,” said Rochester forward Dan Dawson. “At some point, you need to put together bright spots throughout the whole game. You can’t have these lulls. Every time we go on these lulls, it seems to really bite us in the butt.”

Without Rose’s performance, there is no telling how that game would have ended for the Rock. While Rochester has struggled to score goals this season, they peppered Rose with 48 shots Saturday night.

“He bails us out on a lot of occasions,” Sawyer said. “He’s a great goalie. He’s our MVP. At the same time, he’s done it so much, that’s the expectation for him and I know he relishes that.”

“I’m seeing the ball pretty well,” Rose said. “They got a lot of shots, but a lot were kind of from outside or whatever. Our defense did a great job. We didn’t give up too many high-scoring chances, makes my job pretty easy.”

Rose was not the only goalie putting on a show on the BCA’s turf Saturday. Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc had 36 saves and allowed only nine goals (the tenth was an empty-netter by Rose.)

“’V’ played very well,” said Rochester head coach Mike Hasen. “We needed a bounce-back game from him and we got that. He was big, he was making saves that we expect him to make. Defensively, we were okay, put them in spots were ‘V’ can make the saves.”

“The defense and Vno played outstanding tonight,” Dawson said. “They gave up eight, one’s an empty-netter and one’s a penalty shot. We’re putting up six and that’s not going to win you games in this league.

“We’re in a tough spot,” Hasen said. “The ball’s not dropping. We’re having opportunities, we are moving the ball, moving our feet, we are quick, and we can get some opportunities. They weren’t dropping for us. A couple of posts. Those little inches go the other way and we’re not talking about a lack of offense. They’re just struggling to make them drop. I think they’ve just got to fall. There’s opportunities where our hands are free. ‘Rosey’ made some big saves, a couple of backside, stretch out and rob us saves there tonight. Those ones go in, then we’re not talking about that. They’re going to fall and their confidence will start rolling and away we go.”

So how does Rochester’s offense get confidence and get rolling?

“We’re 2-5, and if we had those answers, we’d definitely be better off for it,” Dawson said. “It’s really simple. We’ve got to start burying our chances when we get it. We’ve got to have a little bit better chemistry out there and a little bit better flow. I think guys are squeezing their sticks a little bit, I know I have been. The great thing about it is when you’re in these ruts, you’ve got to be excited to get to rink because the ones that hit the post and go out are going to hit the post and go in.”

Coming into Saturday’s game, Dawson had only one goal and 10 assists in four games. Perhaps his four-point night (2+2) to lead Rochester is a sign of things to come. For now, the highlight-reel behind-the-back one-handed goal serves to show a glimpse of what the man known as “Dangerous Dan” can still do.

“He was moving his feet and he was shooting the ball, distributing the ball,” Hasen said. “That’s the ‘Daws’ we need every night.”

“I’ve been a passenger this whole season,” Dawson said. “Tonight, I wanted to make sure I was going to the net hard, drawing double teams, finding the open guy, and taking shots when I had them, and I thought I did a better job of that. You do self-reflection when you lose, and you make sure ‘I’m accountable for what happens.’ Our record is what it is because guys like me aren’t stepping up. I need to step up even more tomorrow night to win these games.”

The Knighthawks have a quick turnaround, heading south to take on the first-place Georgia Swarm Sunday evening at 6:05 pm ET. The Rock travel to Buffalo to take on the Bandits on February 25.

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