The Rochester Knighthawks used nine power-play goals to tame the New England Black Wolves 15-8 tonight to notch their first victory of the season. The offense was powered by Rochester rookies Kyle Jackson, Josh Currier and Dan Lomas, who combined for 20 points.
“It was awesome, but at the end of the day, I was kind of just lucky enough that when I passed the ball my teammates were able to put the ball in the back of the net,” Jackson said. “We’re getting to know each other; we’re still clicking as an offensive unit. We haven’t really got there yet but it’s nice to see things to develop for us in this game in particular.”
“They were good tonight again. They were picking shots and weren’t wasting many opportunities,” added Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen about the rookies.
Jackson would finish as the Knighthawks’ leading scorer with 11 points, directly involved in 11 of the 15 Knighthawks’ scoring plays. Currier finished with three goals and two assists, while Lomas notched two goals and two assists in his professional debut.
“The ‘O’ as a whole was clicking; the ball was moving really well,” Currier said. “So just the whole offense was firing tonight so everyone was getting their points.”
Rochester received goals from eight different players on Saturday, which included three from Stephen Keogh as part of a six-point night. Joe Resetarits collected five points on one goal and four assists. Quinn Powless, who recorded his second straight two-goal effort, made sure to credit the defense for their stifling effort tonight.
“The defense played well, from the goalie on out. ‘Vno’ made the saves he had to make,” said Powless about Matt Vinc, who finished with 35 saves.
The first quarter proved to be a defensive battle between both teams, closing the quarter with only three goals between both teams. The Knighthawks were able to get on the board with a goal from Keogh to open scoring for Rochester in the first. Resetarits quickly opened the second quarter with a Knighthawks goal, which was assisted by Jackson and Jarrett Davis (0+1). For Davis it was his 150th assist as a pro.
A slow start in the third quarter by both teams would end with back-to-back Rochester goals giving the Knighthawks their first lead of the night. Former Six Nations star Wayne Van Every’s (1+1) goal would put the purple and teal in the lead, one they would not relinquish. The defense and goalie Vinc held New England scoreless for 25:30. Meanwhile, the Knighthawks offense exploded for 11 goals in the second half.
Rochester blitzed the Black Wolves for seven goals in the fourth quarter alone, which was aided by two five-minute major calls and the ejection of New England forward Kevin Crowley. The Knighthawks would score five straight power-play goals to break open a 10-7 game.
The Knighthawks (1-1) have next week off and then will travel to Saskatchewan for a 9:30 p.m. showdown against the Rush on Jan. 21. The game starts a three-week road stretch before the Knighthawks return home to Connors & Ferris Field for a 7:30 p.m. rematch with Saskatchewan on Feb. 11.