story by Craig Rybczynski
Rochester, February 27)… Andy Secore’s goal 20 seconds into overtime capped a four-goal rally to lead the Edmonton Rush over the Rochester Knighthawks tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. The loss was the first at home for the Knighthawks this season and denied Rochester (5-4) a chance to overtake the Toronto Rock (6-4) for first place in the East Division.
Rochester was led by four points from Shawn Evans (2+2) and three-point efforts from Craig Point (3+0), John Grant Jr. (2+1), Shawn Williams (2+1), Chris Schiller (0+3) and Steve Toll. Goalie Pat O’Toole made 33 saves to move within 33 of Dallas Eliuk’s league saves record of 6,356.
The Rush got four points from Gavin Prout (1+3) and Ryan Ward, and a three-goal performance from Secore. Matt Disher stopped 37 shots to earn the victory. Edmonton won for the second straight week and improved to 5-3. The Rush are one-half game behind first-place Washington (6-3).
The Knighthawks jumped out to a 2-1 first-quarter lead on goals by Grant and Point. Edmonton responded with a Small’s first of the game, which evened the game at one. After Point made it 2-1, Rochester scored four of the next five goals. Williams made it 4-2 and then Chris Driscoll scored his first goal as a Knighthawk this season to extend the advantage to 4-1 at 6:58 of the second. Small scored from the left-wing side to inch Edmonton to within 4-2, but the K-Hawks bounced back with tallies from Williams and Grant to make it 6-2 at half. Grant’s goal was shorthanded and off a pretty behind-the-back shot past Disher.
The second half appeared to be headed Rochester’s way as they built leads of 8-4 and 9-5. Edmonton, however, kept the game close and notched six goals in the third quarter to close the gap to 10-8. Jimmy Quinlan and Secore keyed the rally with two goals each.
Rochester responded with a goal at 2:13 of the fourth to make it 11-8 as Evans scored his second of the night. The Rush took control of the game with three straight goals to force OT. Dane Stevens beat O’Toole to cut the lead to 11-9 and Brodie Merrill capitalized on the power play to make it 11-10. Ward then tied the contest at 11 with a goal with 4:03 to play.
In overtime, Stevens raced in the right-hand side and fed a streaking Secore who beat O’Toole to the far post for the game-winner.
With the 23 goals scored, Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres donated $23,000 from Arrow Express Sports on behalf of the Rochester Knighthawks to Jim Moss. Jim, along with his parents Ron and Connie, accepted the check from Styres and the entire team after the game. Moss, 32, has played in the NLL for seven seasons (2001-07) and was the 2003 NLL Defender of the Year. Jim and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of two children. Jim and has his family are currently involved in the toughest fight of his life. Jim is battling against Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is an illness that has left Jim with paralysis in his legs, and loss of sensation in his hands.
The Knighthawks also raised $2,455 in their Third Annual Teddy Bear Auction to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer Association.
Rochester returns to action and hosts the Orlando Titans at 7:35 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, March 13th. The game will be broadcast live on The Zone 94.1 FM and thezone941.com. Fans can also catch all the action on the NLL.com.
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