Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
KNIGHTHAWKS’ RALLY FALLS SHORT IN MONTREAL
12/15/2012 - 11:41pm

(December 15, 2012)… The Toronto Rock used two big scoring runs to top the Rochester Knighthawks 14-10 at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday night. The Knighthawks finished the preseason with a 1-1 record, while Toronto improved to 1-1 with its final preseason contest next weekend.

Toronto used a four-goal outburst to open the fourth quarter to break open a 9-8 contest. Stephan Leblanc led all scorers with two goals and seven assists for the Rock, while former Knighthawk Scott Evans finished with four goals and one assist. Newly acquired Dan Dawson finished his first game with Rochester with five points (1+4). Craig Point and Johnny Powless each netted a pair to lead the Knighthawks.

Trailing 8-5 at the half, Rochester netted three of the four goals in the third quarter to cut the deficit to one. Powless and Point scored respectively, followed by an unassisted breakaway tally from Brad Self. Paul Dawson assisted on Powless’ goal in his Knighthawks’ debut, which cut the deficit to 9-6 at 11:52.

“It felt good. I was a little rusty with a couple of things, but all in all I thought it was a good game,” said Dawson. Click here to watch the entire interview.

Toronto responded with four consecutive goals to start the fourth quarter with Evans posting three out of the Rock’s four goals. His first coming only 55 seconds into the final period. Garrett Billings then found the back of the net to complete his hat trick.

The game opened with a goal by Mark Kirby, the Quebec native Toronto had selected to participate in the exhibition matchup. He scored 31 seconds into the first quarter for a 1-0 lead. Powless and Billings traded goals before Dawson scored off a deflection to close the first quarter with a power-play goal to tie the game at two.

In the second, Rochester took its only lead of the night as Stephen Keogh and Cory Vitarelli scored back-to-back goals for a 4-3 advantage. Yet, the Rock regrouped and broke away with five consecutive goals in 4:48 to take an 8-4 lead. Trailing by one, Damon Edwards netted a breakaway goal at 7:07 to spark the pivotal run. Colin Doyle and Kasey Beirnes connected to help the Rock reclaim the lead at 6-4. Josh Sanderson followed with a power-play tally, and Brandon Ivey scored 11 seconds later to take a 8-4 advantage.

The Knighthawks stormed back in the third, but fell short in the final quarter in front of over 7,200 fans at the Bell Centre. It was the first NLL game in Montreal since the 2002 season.

“I have never been to the city before and the Bell Centre is a pretty special place to have a game,” said Vitarelli, who finished with one goal and two assists.

Rochester will begin its title defense on the road to open the 2013 season. The World Champions will open their 19th season against the Washington Stealth at 10:00 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, January 5th. The Knighthawks will play their home opener on Saturday, January 19th against the rival Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. Season tickets are currently on sale at the Knighthawks Office and can be purchased by calling (585) 454-HAWK (4295).


5/25/2013
Syracuse men's lacrosse pulls off another one-goal victory, advances to national title game with 9-8 win over Denver

5/22/2015
Syracuse women's lacrosse watches season slip away as Maryland holds ball for final 7:18

5/22/2015
Syracuse women's lacrosse loses to Maryland in NCAA semifinals

5/22/2015
Syracuse women's lacrosse vs. Maryland (NCAA Tournament): Live updates, fan chat

5/22/2015
Three cousins, all Westhill High alums, earn trip to women's lacrosse final four in same year

5/22/2015
Syracuse lacrosse's Kevin Rice beats out Lyle Thompson for Turnbull Award, given to nation's best attack

5/22/2015
Former Syracuse athlete William Shemin will be awarded Medal of Honor for service in World War I

5/21/2015
No final four, but Syracuse lacrosse leads the nation in All-America honors

5/21/2015
2015 NCAA lacrosse tournament semifinals: Breaking down Maryland vs. Johns Hopkins

5/21/2015
Breaking down Syracuse women's lacrosse NCAA semifinal vs. Maryland

5/20/2015
Syracuse lacrosse defenseman Peter Macartney to play in North-South Senior All-Star Game

5/20/2015
Syracuse lacrosse greats Dom Fin, Charlie Lockwood to be inducted in National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

5/19/2015
Syracuse football has issues, Syracuse lacrosse has history, Tom Brady has reasons (readers emails)

5/18/2015
Syracuse women's lacrosse meets No. 1 Maryland in final four (highlights from coaches interview)

5/18/2015
Syracuse lacrosse: What happened, and what's next for program?

5/18/2015
Syracuse lacrosse loss to Johns Hopkins completes most painful run by SU's 'big 3' in 8 years

5/17/2015
Syracuse lacrosse season ends in frustrating, premature way against old rival Johns Hopkins

5/17/2015
Syracuse lacrosse falls to Johns Hopkins, 16-15, in NCAA quarterfinals

5/17/2015
Syracuse lacrosse vs. Johns Hopkins (NCAA Tournament): Live updates, fan chat

5/16/2015
Syracuse lacrosse-Johns Hopkins: TV channel information, live stream and faceoff time

5/16/2015
Syracuse women's lacrosse back in Final Four after defeating Loyola, 10-7