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Knighthawks Edged by Seals

January 13, 2019 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Rochester Knighthawks News Release

The Rochester Knighthawks fell 12-10 to the San Diego Seals Saturday night in the first-ever game at Pechanga Arena San Diego. The back-and-forth contest featured nine ties, as the Knighthawks battled right to the final whistle.

Rochester did a lot of things well against the Seals, including getting its power play clicking. The Knighthawks, who scored two goals on the man advantage in two previous games, scored four times on five chances. They capitalized twice on the power play in the third quarter. Cody Jamieson, who had six points (1+5), gave Rochester its second lead of the night when he tallied a goal 33 seconds into the third to make it 7-6.

"We were moving the ball a lot better," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. "We were hitting the open guy and burying our opportunities. That was a bright spot, for sure."

Jamieson picked up five assists to pass the 400-assist plateau. But, the much-decorated forward did not dwell on personal accolades, he instead commented on what the team needs to do to win its second victory.

"It's a work in progress. It's getting back to being comfortable with each other and each other's tendencies," he said. "It's Game 3 of an 18-game schedule. We've got to keep growing, we've got to keep working."

Jake Withers also reached a milestone as he won 14 faceoffs to move into fifth place on the team's all-time list. Joe Resetarits scored twice, including off a tremendous individual effort early in the fourth to tie the game at nine. He now sits three shy of 100 in his career.

The Knighthawks also received a 37-save performance from goalie Angus Goodleaf. He made two huge stops with his team trailing 10-9, which included a breakaway stop on San Diego's Tor Reinholdt. Shortly after the stop, Austin Shanks tied the contest for the final time, 10-10.

Rochester also got three goals from Kyle Jackson and a three-point effort (2+1) from Cory Vitarelli (2+1). Jackson scored three times in the first half as the teams went into halftime tied at six.

Rochester is now 1-2 and concludes its season-high three-game road swing next Saturday in Saskatoon. The 8:30 p.m. EST showdown against the Saskatchewan Rush is a rematch of the 2018 National Lacrosse League Finals.


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