Knighthawks Can't Hold Lead, Fall to Rush

(April 14, 2013)...The Rochester Knighthawks spoiled an early four-goal lead and fall 14-10 to the Edmonton Rush on Saturday afternoon.

The Knighthawks (7-8) scored the first four goals, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first 8:27 of the opening quarter. Stephen Keogh, Mike Accursi, Cory Vitarelli and Dan Dawson each scored once respectively to give Rochester the momentum and lead.

After Dawson's first-quarter goal, Edmonton Head Coach Derek Keenan benched goaltender Aaron Bold for Brodie MacDonald, who stole the show in relief. MacDonald made 32 saves on 38 shots in 51:27 and held the Knighthawks scoreless for 26:50 between the first and third quarters.

Zack Greer, who scored a game-high eight points (4+4) led the comeback for the Rush, scoring once in the first and second quarters to help Edmonton (9-6) draw the game even at 4-4 at the half.

Former Knighthawk Jarrett Davis and Alex Turner each scored twice in the third as part of a six-goal quarter for the Rush. Dawson ended the scoring drought 5:17 into the third to tie the game at 5, but Edmonton scored five of the next seven goals to take a 10-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

Greer scored twice on the power play in the fourth to maintain an insurmountable lead. Jamieson and Joe Walters scored back-to-back goals 1:30 apart at 5:19 and 6:49 respectively to come within three at 12-9. Johnny Powless made it 13-10 following the latter of Greer's two goals in the period and Curtis Knight added an empty-netter with 20 seconds remaining.

The Knighthawks were led offensively by Jamieson (1+5), Dawson (2+3), Accursi (1+3) and Powless (1+3). With 43 saves on 56 shots, Matt Vinc became the first Rochester netminder to record over 600 saves in a single season, surpassing Pat O'Toole's team record of 598 set in 2006. With 636 saves on the season, "Vno" needs only nine saves to break Rob Blasdell's league-record of 644 saves in a season.

The Knighthawks return to New York to finish the regular season in Buffalo against the Bandits on Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m. With a win over Buffalo, Rochester would secure the second seed in the East Division.


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