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KNIGHTHAWKS NEWS & NOTES
01/28/2013 - 8:32pm

The Rochester Knighthawks battled the Toronto Rock on Saturday, January 26th at The Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks, now 0-3, dropped an 11-7 decision to the Rock, who now lead the East Division with a 4-1 record.
 
With five points against Toronto, Cody Jamieson (3+2) has now amassed over 150 career points. The 2012 Champion’s Cup MVP has 153 points (69+84) in 34 games. On Saturday, he scored once shorthanded, once on the power play, and once at even strength.
 
Second-year forward Johnny Powless netted a goal, extending his goal-scoring streak to eight games. Over that eight-game span, Powless has accumulated 30 points (13+17).
 
Cory Vitarelli made the most of his pair of goals on Saturday. His first was a wraparound dive from behind Rock goaltender Nick Rose’s right side at 5:40 in the second quarter, similar to the goal that earned him the nickname "Air Dogger" last season versus Toronto. He scored his second goal with a behind-the-back shot with two seconds left on the shot clock. Although he was being draped by two defenders, Vitarelli managed to sneak the no-look shot between Rose and the post 2:08 into the fourth quarter. The former University of Prince Edward Island hockey star currently leads the Knighthawks with six goals on the season.
 
Defenseman Brad Self, who scored a goal in six consecutive games last season, has netted a breakaway goal in each of the three games this year. In the second quarter, Self stole the ball from Kasey Beirnes and raced down the floor for Rochester’s first of two shorthanded goals 47 seconds apart. The Knighthawks scored a total of three shorthanded goals on the night.
 
The following Knighthawks are nearing career milestones:
·         Craig Point is one point shy of 150 as a Knighthawk
·         Casey Powell is three assists short of 350
·         Dan Dawson is three goals away from 350
·         Matt Vinc is eight saves away from 3,500
 
On Saturday, February 2nd at 8:00 p.m., the Knighthawks will return to The Blue Cross Arena for their third consecutive home game. Rochester will host the Washington Stealth in a rematch of the season opener. The game can be seen live on the NLL on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network or heard live on Sportsradio ESPN 950 and on www.sportsradio950espn.com.
 
On Wednesday, the Knighthawks will select 10 fans to win Meet and Greet passes with three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. Each fan will be able to bring a guest to a private Meet and Greet with Tony Stewart prior to the game at the Radisson Riverside Hotel from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Winners will be notified by the Knighthawks office on Wednesday, January 30th.
 
In addition, the Knighthawks will auction off special game-worn jerseys with profits benefitting Zero—The Project to end Prostate Cancer and The Lipson Cancer Center at Rochester General. There will also be an autographed Tony Stewart jersey available for auction as well. Bidding is currently being held on www.gobuyrochester.com. Fans will also be able to place bids at the game.


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