Knighthawks Scorched By Blazers 14-8

(Boston, February 6)… The Rochester Knighthawks’ comeback bid was denied by a late four-goal outburst, as the Boston Blazers earned a 14-8 win tonight at TD Garden. The loss drops the teams into a third-place tie with identical 3-3 records.

The same two teams will be back in action on Saturday, February 13th for a 2:05 p.m. contest at The Blue Cross Arena. The Blazers go to Rochester red hot, riding a three-game winning streak. The Knighthawks have now lost three of their last four games.

Dan Dawson led the way for the Blazers with four goals and four assists. Daryl Veltman chipped in two goals and four assists. Anthony Cosmo earned the win in goal in a 34-save effort. Rochester got six points from John Grant (4+2), and four from Gary Gait (3+1) and Shawn Williams (0+4). Aaron Bold started the game and made 30 saves on 39 shots. Pat O’Toole turned away two shots in a relief appearance.

Rochester opened the scoring at 2:15 on a goal by Point. Boston wasted little time tying the game up as Matt Abbott netted his first pro goal just seven seconds later. The Blazers took a 2-1 lead at 11:12 of the first on a power-play goal by Veltman. Rochester nearly tied the game in dramatic fashion as Shawn Evans swatted in a rebound before time expired. However, he was ruled in the crease and the goal was waved off.

In the second, Boston pulled ahead 4-1 on goals by Paul and Dan Dawson. Dan Dawson added his second of the quarter at 6:06 and completed the natural hat trick at 10:47 for a 6-1 lead. Rochester cut the lead to three with two goals in 18 seconds late in the second as Gait and Grant notched goals. Chris Driscoll assisted on the Grant goal in his 2010 Rochester debut.  The goals broke a 25:02 shutout streak by Cosmo.

Nick Cotter opened the third quarter with a goal just 56 seconds in to give the Blazers a 7-3 advantage, Gait responded with his second of the night at 4:02 to knock the lead down to three. The Blazers’ Dan Dawson got a little help as he netted his fourth of the game at 5:53 for an 8-4 Boston edge. The Blazers used their second power-play marker to equal their largest lead of the game at five. The goal by Veltman was his second of the night and put Boston in front 9-4.

Rochester rallied in the fourth, scoring four of the first five goals. Grant scored three times and Gait completed the hat trick to cut the lead to 10-8. Boston fought off the Knighthawks and responded with four straight goals, two by recently traded Jamie Rooney, to win 14-8.

The Knighthawks are back on their home turf on Saturday against Boston. For tickets call (585) 454-5335 or go online toknighthawks.net or ticketmaster.com. After the contest, the Knighthawks will hold an autograph session on the floor. Fans can also meet the players at the official postgame party at Legends Sports Bar & Grille in the Radisson Hotel on Main Street.

— 
Craig Rybczynski (454-5335 ext. 3008), Vice President of Communications
Warren Kosel (454-5335 ext. 3025), Communications Coordinator

Rochester Knighthawks Lacrosse Club
Blue Cross Arena at Rochester War Memorial
One War Memorial Square
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: (585) 454-5335
Fax: (585) 454-3954
www.knighthawks.net
Est. 1995

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