Buffalo and Calgary Prevail in Divisional Round One

(May 10, 2014) ... The Rochester Knighthawks fell 12-8 to the Buffalo Bandits tonight at the First Niagara Center in Game One of the East Division Finals. The two-game series now shifts to Rochester for Game Two of the East Division Finals on Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m.

It was a game of runs with Buffalo ending the game with a five-goal surge. Rochester, who held the lead after three quarters, was led offensively by five-point efforts from Cody Jamieson (2+3) and Dan Dawson (2+3). Cory Vitarelli also chipped in two goals and one assist.

After Buffalo took a 2-0 lead, Rochester answered with three straight goals to grab a 3-2 lead in the first quarter. Jamieson struck first with a shot stick side on Anthony Cosmo. Just 45 seconds later it was Dawson with a diving goal to tie the contest at two. The Knighthawks took their first lead of the game on a low shot by Joe Walters at 11:48. Matt Vinc made eight saves in the first 15 minutes, including a breakaway stop on Chad Culp.

Rochester extended its run to four, taking a 4-2 lead on Stephen Keogh's transition goal 2:44 into the second quarter. Buffalo answered with a 4-0 run of its own to move in front with a 6-4 lead. The Knighthawks, however, got one back on Jamieson's second of the game at 11:32. The power-play goal trimmed the deficit to 6-5.

Vinc, who finished with 30 saves, was stellar early in the third, making back-to-back point-blank saves. He followed that up with a left-pad kick save on a diving John Tavares. While the Knighthawks blanked the Bandits in the third, Rochester scored twice to take a 7-6 lead. Dawson's goal at 9:51 tied the game at six and Cory Vitarelli tallied at 12:36 to give Rochester a one-goal advantage.

Vitarelli would score again to give Rochester a one-goal lead at 7:34 of the fourth quarter. Yet, Buffalo would respond with five goals to win Game One of the series. Tavares had two of his game-high four goals in the fourth to complement Dhane Smith's fourth quarter hat trick.

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The Calgary Roughnecks struck first in the West Division Finals with a 12-11 comeback overtime home win over the Edmonton Rush in Game One at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night.

The Roughnecks, who edged the Colorado Mammoth in overtime in last weekend's West Semifinal, played host to this year's top-seeded team this week in front of 13,618 screaming fans for the "Battle of Alberta" at the 'Dome.

Read the full story at the NLL web site.

2014-05-11



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