Storm win thriller in Rochester, 13-11
Rochester, NY-The New Jersey Storm ended a 15-game home winning streak for the host Rochester Knighthawks dating back to 2000-2001 season with a 13-11 comeback victory tonight at the Blue Cross Arena in both teams' National Lacrosse League season opener. In front of 9,283, the Storm battled back from a 10-9 deficit with just 2:23 left to play in the fourth quarter. New Jersey (1-0) scored four unanswered goals in a span of 1:23 en route to the two-goal victory. Forward Bryan Bendig sealed the victory for the Storm, scoring the game-winner with 1:13 left in regulation.
Newly acquired forward and Game MVP Roy Colsey notched 8 points (5G, 3A) for New Jersey in his team debut. Scott Stewart added (1 G, 3 A) and Mike Benedict had four assists for the Storm.
Storm defender Gordon Purdie was tops in face-offs with 14 wins to his credit including five-consecutive victories late in the fourth quarter to help gain the much needed possession for New Jersey. Net minder Matt Roik recorded the victory (1-0) with a 36-save performance. Rochester (0-1) was the #1 ranked team in most pre-season polls.
Goalie Ginny Capicchioni, the first female player in National Lacrosse League and major men's sports history, did not see game action for the Storm.
Forward John Grant paced the Rochester offense with a four-point performance (1G, 3A). Curt Malawsky also chipped in three goals as well. Goalie Pat O'Toole (0-1) suffered the loss in net despite 41 saves.
The Storm returns to action next Saturday in their home opener at Continental Airlines Arena against the Columbus Landsharks at 7:30 p.m. The first 2,500 in attendance will receive a 2002-2003 Storm team poster. Eight-game and four-game season ticket plans and McFamily Plans are on sale now by calling 1-866-NJ STORM. Individual game tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster locations, the Continental Airlines Arena box office, by calling 201-507-8900, or by logging on to Ticketmaster.com.
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