Desperation Mode Proves Successful For Knighthawks

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Bill GreerIn a game that was an absolute must win for the Rochester Knighthawks’ to their 2007-2008 season, the team certainly showed they can still be the team to beat. That’s if they can get in to the playoffs.

In front of over 15,000 fans last night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the K-Hawks ruined the debut of newly acquired Lewis Ratcliff. Ratcliff, acquired in the deadline deal that saw Josh Sanderson head to Calgary, scored 3 goals and added two assists for his new team. Unfortunately, for Toronto, Blaine Manning (2G) and Aaron Wilson (1G) were the only other players last night that found the back of the net.

Rochester came out and struck early as Scott Evans lit the lamp only 26 seconds into the game. Shortly after, Ratcliff gave the fans their first chance to hear and participate in the “Sweet Lou” chants, encouraged by public address announcer Mookie Wilson. From that point until the end of the first half, the teams traded goals, but Rochester controlled the play. Bob Watson was very stellar I felt, in the first half, or the game could have been over.

In the third and fourth quarters, Watson again played pretty well, but Paddy O’Toole and Rochester’s defense simply shut down Toronto offensively. Other than a last minute goal giving Ratcliff the hat trick on the night, Toronto was only able to muster 1 second half score. As we’ve said time and again, with most teams scoring 13-20 goals a night, scoring one or two in a half does not win games for you.

Bill GreerOverall, it was a fairly entertaining game. With the electricity in the air over the debut of Lewis Ratcliff, and the simple fact that Rochester was here, it had potential to be a great night. I guess what kind of ruined the game for me was “yet again” the need for our crew officiating the game last night to feel a need to get on the score sheet, or get some recognition.

At no time ever in the game of lacrosse that I know, did I think that with nobody in the penalty box, 4 players on the floor were “too many men”. Just ask Steve Toll what he thinks about that. Also, at no time did I ever think that a hit to the arm of a player that just shot the ball was a five minute major for illegal cross checking. Just ask Steve Hoar his thoughts. And lastly, I’m not sure on this one, but given how heated the Toronto Coaching staff, and Captain JIm Veltman were, I figured I was not the only one in the building questioning an event that transpired. On Hoar’s 5 minute major penalty, Rochester incurred a delayed penalty. Toronto scores a goal. Now I always thought that the major stays in the box (given that it is the first goal scored against it), but that the delayed penalty also goes into the box. Nope! The major stayed in (for another 49 seconds), and the delayed penalty was wiped out altogether. Anyway, someone out there with better knowledge on this fill me in would you? Because at that point I had given up trying to figure out “the crew” and just hoped that someone could explain it to me later.

I know, I know, I’m sounding so much like a broken record lately on some of the reffing I’m seeing of late, I’ll say it myself; Marksy, shut up and move on!

I’ll do my best.

In any case, the post game interview with the Knighthawks Transition player Bill Greer is below.

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Other Game Notes:

– Greer score two nice goals on the night at very important times in the game. His first was a sweet one, faking low, and going high
– Scott Evans scored 4 goals for Rochester, Manning had two for Toronto
– Toronto’s plan was to shut down John Grant Jr. and they did, but not everyone else
– Jr. scored the goal of the night though. While going across the floor directly in front of the crease, his defender began to drag him to the ground (drawing a delayed penalty). While falling, using the defender as a screen to goalie Bob Watson, Grant hurled a back hander over Watson’s left shoulder, to the top right corner of the net. This one was replayed a couple of times on the big screen.
– Toronto’s Power Play seemed to struggle going 2 of 7. It will likely take a couple of games to get used to having Lewis Ratcliff on the man up.
–  Good luck figuring out the East now….Philly lost again giving Minnesota the division lead with their win. Buffalo beat Colorado, and Chcago won again……good lord someone get me an adding machine and some Advil!


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  1. Great job guys. The best NLL lacrosse coverage in Canada!!

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