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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
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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
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Thruway .500: Knighthawks Outrace Bandits, 17-11

The Rochester Knighthawks (2-2) got back to .500 by defeating the Buffalo Bandits (3-3) by a score of 17-11 in front of 6,994 raucous fans at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night. The Knighthawks, not having broken the double-digit scoring mark in their last two games, scored 10 goals in the first half. They led 6-1 after the first and 10-4 after two quarters.

“They were really good, especially that first half,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “They were moving the ball, they were moving their feet, and they were rewarded for the job they were doing. When they got the one there in the fourth quarter, we knew it was going to go off again. It was good to see.”

Dan Dawson had a huge night on offense, notching 11 assists on the night.

“We were just burying our opportunities,” Dawson said. “I thought we swung the ball a lot better tonight. Don’t get me wrong, we had three or four that were lucky goals, but those are the ones that weren’t going in last week or the week before. If you’ve played this game for a long time, you know the bounces eventually will go in your favor if you work hard and stay with the process. It showed tonight.”

“It’s definitely nice to get more than what we’ve been putting up,” said Knighthawks forward Cory Vitarelli, who scored two goals in the decisive fourth quarter. “They played last night, so we wanted to take advantage. I think you saw that in the fourth quarter when we got a couple late. I think we gave ourselves some good looks tonight and kept our feet moving, which gave ourselves better opportunities. Tonight, guys were burying the ball and scoring some nice goals.”

When the buzzer sounded on the first quarter, the BCA was rocking as the Knighthawks left the floor with a 6-1 lead. The Bandits pulled starting goalie Anthony Cosmo for backup Davide Deruscio.

Yet at the beginning of the second quarter, the Bandits threatened to climb back into the game with two quick goals by Jay Thorimbert and Alex ‘Kedoh’ Hill (2+1). A four-goal run by the Knighthawks squashed the comeback for the time being and pushed the lead to 10-3, keeping the party in the BCA alive. Even a late Bandits goal by Dhane Smith to cut the lead to six seemed insignificant at the time.

Then the Bandits came out in the third with Cosmo back in net and dominated.Ryan Benesch scored two in a row early and Buffalo rolled. By the end of the third, the Bandits had tied the game on a Hill goal, using a blend of their five-on-five offense and quick-strike transition. Hill is a big part of the transition offense for the Bandits but does everything else well too.

“Kedoh’s played well for us,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “Kedoh scoops up tons of loose balls. He pushes the ball really well. We’re pleased with him. He’s been a pleasant addition to our team. 150, 160, I don’t even know how much he weighs but he gives you everything.”

“That’s one thing they do well, they push in transition and create opportunities by pushing and running hard,” Hasen said. “We knew that coming in, we have to be a little better in our shot selections and get them in spots where they’re not going to be able to run on us. That’s what they do, but we could be better at preventing it. It starts with our offense taking better shots and getting off the floor. Offensively in the fourth quarter, we were a lot better.”

Mark Steenhuis gave the Bandits their first lead of the night early in the fourth, capping off an eight-goal run that started in the second quarter.

“We had every reason to stop playing there and let the game get out of hand,” said Steenhuis. “You have to hand it to the guys in the room. We said we weren’t going to let that happen… We battled back. A couple of cheesy goals at the end made the game seem a little bit different than what it really was. You have to like our fight. You have to like our third quarter. You have to like that we were in it.”

“We made some adjustments at half,” Cordingley said. “Talk about effort. The guys battled back, which was a positive. We had a one goal lead.”

Then the Knighthawks offense came back to life and Goodleaf shut down the Bandits.

“Gus is a totally different player than [Vinc] is, a different look,” Hasen said. “He’s solid. We’re blessed to have Gussie sitting there waiting. He does such a good job at his role and he understands his role, but when he’s called upon, he does a good job for us.”

“Not that ‘Vno’ was playing bad or anything, but they just had a couple of goals and we had to stop the momentum,” Vitarelli said. “Goodleaf came in and stood on his head and did his job. Anytime he comes in, we can always count on him.”

“I think he let in one goal tonight,” said Dawson. “That’s why you have the best goalie tandem in the world. When he shuts the door like that, he was the guy, the player of the game.”

“I wasn’t expecting it,” said Goodleaf, who allowed only one goal on 12 shots. “It was a tie game there. Thought it was a little bit early, but I just wanted to go in there and do my best and get the boys back on track… It’s a good feeling that my teammates have my back like that. I support them all the way and they support me too. It’s a good atmosphere we’ve got in that room.”

The Bandits, coming off a game Friday night, seemed to run out of gas after Jamieson tied the game up at 11 for the Knighthawks.

“Then they get a fluke kind of goal,” Cordingley said. “We just folded. It’s frustrating… It’s a grind to play back-to-back games. By no means is that an excuse. They had more energy in the fourth quarter. We dug a huge hole and we gave everything we possibly had. They had lots in tank. We were done. Our guys had given everything they possibly had to get back into the game.”

“A lot of those games that you end up losing,” Steenhuis said. “When you battle back and you get that one-goal lead or tie it up, and then the back breaker is there when they go down and score right away. Unfortunate for us, that’s what they did, and they added another one, and then another one, and kind of steamrolled from there.”

The Knighthawks travel to Minnesota for a Friday night matchup against the Swarm on February 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Bandits travel to Calgary for a Saturday night matchup against the Roughnecks on February 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Joe Walters
2) Cody Jamieson
3) Jordan Hall

Story by Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Ward Laforme.

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