Rochester Rallies to Down Toronto and Claim Title

Defenseman Chris Corbeil and Jarrett Toll each scored unassisted as they took turnovers by Jamieson the length of the floor. Those goals were sandwiched around a power play goal from Aaron Wilson with a 5-on-3 man advantage and Jamieson's lone tally for the Knighthawks. Williams, playing his first game against his former team since being traded to Edmonton with Bold for defenseman Ryan Cousins and forward Alex "Kedoh" Hill, was tied with a team-high two assists.

"He felt bad," Keenan said about Williams. "He's won a couple and he's been to a few. He's a heck of a competitor. He's led us all year on the offensive end, particularly in the playoffs."

Despite finishing the regular season below .500, Rochester was able to win its first championship at the Blue Cross Arena, and its first since 2007.

Over the past five seasons, many veterans such as Williams have been replaced with younger players like Keogh, Jamieson and Powless.

With the Champion's Cup now in hand, the Knighthawks have proven what their young team can accomplish.

"The proof is in the pudding. We're champions," said Hasen.

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Rochester, NY After a dominating opening half of play the Edmonton Rush fell victim to an impressive seven-goal Rochester run in the second half as the Knighthawks earned the Champion's Cup with a 9-6 victory Saturday night in National Lacrosse League playoff action at Blue Cross Arena.

The two teams combined for two completely opposite halves of play as Edmonton dominated the first two quarters and Rochester in the final two as the Knighthawks overcame a 5-1 deficit at halftime en route to the victory.

The Knighthawks won their third NLL crown following up on league titles in both the 1997 and 2007 Champion's Cup game.

Edmonton, in its first ever trip to the NLL final, had both offensive and defensive breakdowns in the second half Saturday after routing the Minnesota Swarm 15-3 in the West Division Final last Saturday in Minnesota and stopping the Calgary Roughnecks 19-11 May 5. Rochester made the Champion's Cup game by beating the defending champion Toronto Rock 17-13 in Toronto last weekend and Philadelphia 14-13 on May 4.

The title match-up featured a defensive struggle early on in the contest as the clubs combined for only one goal in the opening 15 minutes and after Edmonton led 5-1 at halftime, Rochester went on their run to grab a 8-5 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Rush went 26:22 of scoreless play from late in the second quarter to the fourth frame that led to Rochester's dramatic turnaround.

"It was a tale of two halves. They were real good in the second (half) and we weren't as good," said Rush head coach and general manager Derek Keenan. "Our offense went stagnant. We kind of stopped doing the things that we did well in the first half and we had done all through the playoffs.

"That happens in lacrosse. Credit to them (Rochester). They were real good defensively and offensively in the second half, no doubt about it."

Cody Jamieson paced the Knighthawks with eight points (4G, 4A) to lead all scorers and was named the game's most valuable player.

Zack Greer (2G, 2A) led the Edmonton attack with four points, while Ryan Ward (1G, 2A), Aaron Wilson, Jarrett Toll and Chris Corbeil added singles.

Rochester's Mike Accursi (2G, 1A), Johnny Powless (2G, 1A) and Stephen Keogh (1G, 2A) all had three points in the win.

Knighthawks' goalie Matt Vinc stopped 46 of 52 shots, including 26 in the first half, to earn the win, while Rush goaltender Bold stopped 26 of 35 shots in the loss.

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2012-05-20



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