K-Hawks Nip Mammoth; Rush Snap Streak vs. 'Necks

DENVER In a sport where inches usually mean the difference between winning and losing, it was precious seconds on Saturday night that cost the Colorado Mammoth (2-6). Captain Gavin Prout scored the game-tying goal at the end of regulation, but it came two seconds too late.

"That's just the type of year it's been," said Prout, who scored the 300th goal of his career earlier in the night. "Right now, we've got to battle through those unfortunate incidents and hopefully we get some bounces our way the next few games."

The clock was friendly to the Rochester Knighthawks (4-5) in their 12-11 victory on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center, as forward Cory Vitarelli scored with 0.4 seconds remaining in the first quarter, and less than two ticks left to end the third.

Colorado netminder Dan Lewis was solid in his first career NLL start, recording 28 saves, including several that kept his team in contention.

"[Dan] gave us opportunities to win this game, and he made saves that he shouldn't have been making," said forward Jamie Lincoln, who scored a goal in the first quarter. "At the end, it's the W's and the L's that matter. We need W's."

Second-year forward Jordan McBride scored three goals and one assist, and 2012 NLL MVP John Grant Jr. had a seven-point night (2g, 5a) against his former team.

Ultimately, forward Cody Jamieson's tally 7:49 into the final frame, his fourth of the night, proved to be the game-winner.

Colorado dropped to 1-4 at home this season, and is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. The Mammoth takes on the Rock in Toronto on Friday, March 8 at 5:30 pm MST. The following night, the team is in Buffalo for a match-up with the Bandits.

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(March 2, 2013)... The Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Colorado Mammoth by a final of 12-11 in front of 16,118 fans at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night. Photo Credit: Jack Dempsey/Colorado Mammoth

Tied at 11 midway through the fourth quarter, Cody Jamieson beat defenseman Joey Cupido one-on-one and had a clear shot on the crease, beating an off-balance goaltender Dan Lewis for the game-winning goal. It was Rochester's only fourth-quarter goal after Colorado scored three straight to draw the game even.

Colorado had the last possession and tried to send the game to overtime with the extra attacker, but the defense weathered the storm.

"They swung the ball to (Adam) Jones and I know he shoots low," said defenseman Paul Dawson, who blocked the final shot in the closing seconds. "I figured he was going to rip it so I sold out and dove. I knew there wasn't much time left."

Jamieson led all scorers with four goals and finished with five points (4+1). Dan Dawson was tied with a game-high seven points (1+6). Johnny Powless (3+1) added a hat trick while Cory Vitarelli scored five points (2+3). Matt Vinc earned the win, making 33 saves on 44 shots.

Trailing 2-0 early, the Knighthawk closed the first quarter with three straight to take a one-goal lead. Jamieson and Powless each scored once before Vitarelli made it 3-2 with 0.4 seconds left in the opening quarter.

Colorado regained the lead in the second. Gavin Prout scored his 300th career goal to make it a 4-3 Mammoth lead. Powless completed the hat trick with two nearly identical goals from the same spot on the floor, giving the Knighthawks a 5-4 advantage. Jamieson added a power-play goal to take a two-goal lead 43 seconds later.

John Grant, Jr. would tie the game at six with 4:37 left in the first half. Grant led the Mammoth with seven points (2+5).

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