Knighthawks Fall to Swarm in OT
After a furious second-half comeback, the Rochester Knighthawks fell 7-6 in overtime to the Minnesota Swarm on Friday night.
"In the second half, guys were playing their roles. They were doing what they had to do and gave us an opportunity to win the game," said Knighthawks Head Coach Mike Hasen.
Rochester (2-3) fought its way back into the contest and took its first lead of the game with one of its most complete quarters of the season. In the third, the Knighthawks netted five goals, while the defense and Matt Vinc blanked the Swarm. Vinc stood tall, especially in the second half, making 26 of his 39 saves.
Joe Walters (1+2) got things started with a great move to get past Andrew Suitor and finished the play with a diving shot that beat Zach Higgins at 2:56. Just 21 seconds later, Dan Dawson (2+1) scored his first of two third-quarter goals to make it 5-3. Cody Jamieson (2+2) and Craig Point (1+3) then notched back-to-back goals midway through the frame and the game was tied at five. Dawson finished off the third by scoring the go-ahead goal with 1:02 to play in the quarter to give the Knighthawks a 6-5 advantage.
"It's good that we didn't give up," said Jamieson. "We just need the effort we had in the third quarter for a full 60 minutes."
Jamieson also scored a goal in the first quarter as he ripped a shot past Higgins at 14:17 of the first quarter. The power-play marker cut the deficit to 2-1. Minnesota built a 5-1 lead in the second on three goals by Logan Schuss. It would be the last lead Minnesota would hold until Callum Crawford scored the overtime winner at 8:56.
Rochester outscored Minnesota 5-1 over the third and fourth quarters. Stephen Keogh, who made his return to the lineup tonight, assisted on Walters' goal to open the third quarter, which triggered five unanswered Rochester goals.
"It felt good out there. It's good to be back," said Stephen Keogh. "We just need to refocus and get ready for practice next week. We have two big games next weekend."
Next weekend, the Knighthawks will travel to Buffalo to take on their thruway rivals on Saturday, February 14th. They will stay on the road, as they battle the New England Black Wolves on Sunday, February 15th to finish off the longest road stretch of the season.
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