The Rochester Knighthawks and Georgia Swarm faced off for the second time this season Saturday night at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.
Rochester entered the game on a four-game losing streak and with a record of 2-7, while Georgia, on a two-game losing streak of their own, was looking for their first win since they beat Rochester, 16-12, in upstate New York on February 2nd.
Georgia’s Randy Staats opened the scoring with a goal 1:18 into the game, but Rochester hit back with two straight goals, the first by Luc Magnan and the second (below), by Austin Shanks.
Less than two minutes later, Lyle Thompson found the net for the Swarm to tie the game up at two. Georgia would go on to score two more goals in a row to take a 4-2 lead.
Down 4-2, the Knighthawks scored four goals in a row at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter. Pat Saunders, Kyle Jackson, Cody Jamieson and Brandon Robinson found the net for Rochester. Below is Robinson’s goal to give Rochester a 6-4 lead.
After each team traded goals, Georgia scored two in a row to tie the game at seven. Below is Bryan Cole’s goal.
Pat Saunders stopped Georgia’s run and gave Rochester the lead back with a power play goal less than two minutes into the second half.
From that point on, the game belonged to Georgia. The Swarm scored seven straight goals to end the third quarter and led 14-8 up until early in the fourth quarter.
Zed Williams, Shayne Jackson, Staats (2x) , Holden Cattoni, Jordan MacIntosh and Miles Thompson each scored for Georgia.
The goals below, in order, belong to Williams, Staats (his first goal), and Thompson.
Saunders ended the skid with a goal 1:24 second into the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Knighthawks fell to the Swarm for the second time this season.
Final score: Georgia Swarm 15, Rochester Knighthawks 11.