Knighthawks, Roughnecks, Stealth Advance to Semifinals

For the second year in a row, the Philadelphia Wings ended their season in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of the Rochester Knighthawks, losing 10-8 at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday.

The Wings again struggled with a slow start, trailing 3-0 after the first quarter but started the second quarter with three unanswered goals on the way to a four goal quarter. Drew Westervelt's two goals in the quarter got the Wings to within two at the half, as the Knighthawks led 6-4.

Forward Kevin Crowley got the third quarter off to a fast start with an early goal and a second to end the quarter and get the Wings to within one heading into the fourth. Brendan Mundorf scored to open the final quarter and notch things even at seven, where things stayed until Rochester broke the tie with nine minutes to play in the game. The Knighthawks then scored three unanswered goals in the final five minutes and never looked back.

Rochester was led by Dan Dawson with six points on four goals and two assists. Net minder Matt Vinc, who leads the league in goal against average and saves, registered 29 saves in the Rochester win.

Philadelphia finishes the season at 7-10 and a second consecutive trip to the playoffs, a feat the team had not accomplished in 11 years leading up to this season.

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DENVER In three of the past five seasons, the Calgary Roughnecks had been the Colorado Mammoth's playoff kryptonite. The trend continued on Saturday, as the Roughnecks defeated the Mammoth, 15-10, in the West Division Semifinal to eliminate Colorado from the postseason.

Tied 7-7 early in the third quarter, the Mammoth appeared poised to make a run when Curtis Dickson was called for a five-minute high-sticking major penalty. But Calgary dominated while playing a man down, scoring two short-handed goals while holding Colorado scoreless.

"It ended up being the point in the game that turned it around for them," said Mammoth head coach Bob Hamley.

The Roughnecks added two more in the period and kept the Mammoth off the score-sheet.

"You can't go the [entire] third quarter without scoring goals ... at least one," said Hamley.

Casey Powell finally ended the Mammoth's second-half scoring drought 2:53 into the fourth, but by that point, the game was all but out of reach. The mid-season acquisition led the team with six points (3g, 3a). Adam Jones had four goals and one assist, and John Grant Jr. added two goals and three assists. Mat MacLeod was the only other Mammoth player to score.

Calgary's Shawn Evans, Scott Ranger and Jeff Shattler each had hat tricks, and goalie Mike Poulin allowed eight goals on 40 shots on goals in 57-plus minutes.

Colorado clinched a playoff berth in the final game of the regular season one week ago. Calgary, the West Division's number-one seed, will host the Washington Stealth in the divisional final next Saturday.

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EVERETT, Wash. The Washington Stealth advanced to the West Division Final of the National Lacrosse League playoffs after exploding for 10 second-half goals to earn a 12-11 come-from-behind semifinal win over the Edmonton Rush, Saturday before 3,022 at Everett's Comcast Arena.

The win propelled the Stealth to it's third trip in the past four years to the West Division Final next Saturday, May 4 where it will take on the Calgary Roughnecks. Calgary earned a berth in the final with a 15-10 defeat of Colorado in its semifinal on Saturday night.

The West Division Final gets underway at 3:00 p.m. PDT from Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome with the winner advancing to the NLL championship game. Saturday's game is televised live on the CBS Sports Network.

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