Wings Win; K-Hawks Fall Despite Jamieson's 4/4

The Philadelphia Wings (2-1) defeated the Buffalo Bandits, 13-10, at the First Niagara Center in National Lacrosse League (NLL) action this evening. The Wings are now tied for first place in the NLL's East Division with the Bandits with a 2-1 record. Tied 7-7 at half, the Wings overcame a one-goal deficit entering the fourth quarter with clutch last-period goals from Pat Heim, Dan Daswon, Brendan Mundorf, Brodie Merrill and two from Drew Westervelt, the Wings escaped upstate New York with a 13-10 win.

Leading the way for the Wings were assist-man Dan Dawson who tallied six assists and one goal on the night. Also performing well were Drew Westervelt with 4 goals, his third consecutive hat trick in 2012, and Brendan Mundorf with two goals and four assists.

Brandon Miller also had a solid day in goal for the Wings, limiting the Bandits to 10 goals and tallying 25 saves on the night.

The Bandits were led by a foursome with two goals apiece, including Mark Steenhuis, John Tavares, Luke Wiles and Chad Culp.

The Wings will return to Wells Fargo Center next Saturday, Februay 4 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the 2011 NLL Champion Toronto Rock.

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Toronto The Toronto Rock rescued victory from the jaws of defeat with a furious fourth quarter comeback that included a six-goal run en route to a 13-11 win over the Knighthawks for their first win of the season.

Toronto trailed 1-0 but took the lead on goals by Josh Sanderson and Jamie Rooney to propel the Rock ahead 2-1. Rochester tied the score before the end of the first 2-2 as Matt Roik made 13 saves on 15 Rochester shots in the opening frame.

The two teams continued to exchange goals throughout the second quarter. Toronto continually playing catch up with Kasey Beirnes scoring late in the half to send things to the break tied 5-5.

Rochester scored a pair of goals just past the midway point of the fourth quarter a little less than two minutes apart to lead 7-5. Toronto answered back with a goal from Ryan Sharp shorthanded to close the gap to 7-6 through three quarters.

The Knighthawks continued to keep the Rock off the board and added another pair of goals to stretch their lead to 9-6. The Rock offence had been stalled for the better part of the second half but suddenly rattled off 6 goals to leap ahead 12-9. It was the first time since the first quarter the Rock held the lead. Rochester wouldn't go away in the late going but the Rock held on for a 13-11 win.

Roik made 42 saves to pickup his first win as a Toronto Rock. Garrett Billings led the offensive charge with 3 goals and 4 assists for a 7 point night.

Colin Doyle left the game in the first half with a lower body injury and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

A couple players reached some personal milestones. Billings collected his 100th career assist, while Rob Marshall scooped up the 500th loose ball of his NLL career.

Tomorrow night, the Rock travel to Calgary to face the Roughnecks. The game will be broadcast live on TSN at 9:00 pm ET. The game will also be available on TSN Mobile TV.

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(Toronto, January 27) ... The Rochester Knighthawks yielded seven goals in the fourth quarter, as the defending champion Toronto Rock won for the first time this season, 13-11. Rochester lost despite an eight-point night from Cody Jamieson at the Air Canada Centre.

The Knighthawks and Rock are tied in the East Division with 1-2 records. Jamieson tied his career high with four goals and added four assists. He nearly cut the deficit to one but hit the far post on a penalty shot with 23.4 seconds to play. Rookie Johnny Powless added two goals and one assist, while Stephen Keogh chipped in four points (1+3). Goalie Matt Vinc made 36 saves in the road loss.

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