photo and story courtesy of Knighthawks.net
(Denver, January 28)… The Rochester Knighthawks’ second-half comeback fell just short in Denver tonight, as the Colorado Mammoth earned a 14-11 victory over the K-Hawks at Pepsi Center. The Knighthawks fell to 1-3 after their second straight road loss in two nights.
Despite falling behind by five in the first half, Rochester came out determined and scored five out of the first seven goals in the third. The Knighthawks got within 12-11 when Cody Jamieson (2+3) scored at 5:57. However, a power-play goal by Sean Pollock and a breakaway goal by Creighton Reid put the game out of reach. Cory Vitarelli (2+2), Mike Accursi (3+3), Stephen Keogh (2+3), and Jamieson (2+3) led the Knighthawks in points.
John Grant Jr. powered the Mammoth with seven points (3+4), while Gavin Prout (1+3), Pollock (3+2), and Jamie Lincoln (3+1) helped Colorado secure the win. The 4-0 start ties the second best start to a season in the team’s 10-year history. The Mammoth record of five was set in 2008.
The Mammoth came out firing taking an early 4-1 lead with a goal by Pollock, Adam Jones, Lincoln, and Prout. Keogh decreased the Mammoth’s lead to 4-2, but Colorado’s Grant Jr. scored just 17 seconds later to put Colorado up 5-2. Colorado continued to click on offense in the second quarter, scoring four out of the six goals to make the score at 9-4 Colorado at half.
The Knighthawks stormed back and at 7:07 of the third, Accursi brought Rochester within two, giving Colorado a 10-8 lead. Rochester came within two again in the fourth at 12-10 when Accursi posted a hat-trick at 4:51. Jamieson’s follow-up goal made it 12-11, but Colorado tightened its defense in the latter half of the fourth to secure a 13-11 win and keep its undefeated season intact.
On Saturday, February 4th, the Knighthawks will host the Minnesota Swarm at 7:30 p.m. The first 3,000 fans will take home a Chris Schiller bobblehead. The Urology Associates of Rochester will hold their annual Men’s Health Night. Fans can bid on special game-worn jerseys on www.gobuyrochester.com.
Meet the Knighthawks: Remember Blast Lacrosse, the video game? Well, here is your chance to take on the players in the first NLL video game. Meet Stephen Keogh, former Knighthawk Jake Coon and other K-Hawks legends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Stock Exchange Restaurant (first floor of the first Federal Plaza at 28 East Main Street).Fans can also enter a raffle to win Knighthawks tickets and prizes. Make sure to also meet the Knightingales. Stop by the “No Limits Lacrosse” Show, which will tape its show from the Stock Exchange. The show will air on Saturday, February 4th at 10:00 a.m. on Sportsradio 950 ESPN and www.sportsradio950espn.com.