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12/15/2013 - 2:26pm

The Rochester Knighthawks closed their preseason with a 15-9 loss to the Calgary Roughnecks on Sunday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. The contest was the tune-up for the two-time defending World Champions.
The newest Knighthawk, goaltender Mikey Thompson, made his debut in his first National Lacrosse League action since retiring back in 2012 as a member of the Bandits. He played just over 48 minutes before Brandon Styres came in to relieve him.
“It’s just great to get back at this level,” Thompson said. “I was a little bit rusty out there. They were hitting there in the corners off the bat. After I made a couple of saves, I was right back into my groove and felt good.”
The Knighthawks held two one-goal leads, but the Roughnecks were quick to respond. After Joel McCready gave Rochester a 1-0 lead only 48 seconds into the game, Calgary buried three of its own. Daryl Veltman scored the first of his two goals at 3:54 to put the Roughnecks up 3-1. Cody Jamieson would cut the deficit to one at 5:16.
Rochester scored three of the first four goals in the second quarter – two from Johnny Powless – to regain the lead at 5-4. That is the last time the Knighthawks would find themselves ahead. Calgary never looked back after scoring four unanswered bridging the second and third quarters. Former Knighthawk Shawn Evans scored the tying goal at 5:52 in the second, and then added another before half to push the lead to 7-5.
Each team scored just once in a quiet third quarter. After a Jeff Shattler power-play goal, Powless completed his hat trick with a man-up score midway through the third, and the Knighthawks trailed 8-6.
Calgary broke away in the final quarter, outscoring Rochester 7-3, led by Matthew Dinsdale, who netted a pair in the fourth.  The Knighthawks showed some life trailing 11-6. McCready scored his second goal at 4:02 and Powless quickly followed with his fourth of the game, cutting the deficit to 11-8. Dylan Evans scored Rochester’s final goal on an unassisted breakaway following a forced turnover.
Powless led the Knighthawks with four points (4+0). McCready (2+1) and Jamieson (2+0) each scored a pair of goals. Keogh (0+3) led all Knighthawks with three assists. Shattler scored a game-high nine points (3+6) for the Roughnecks.
With the preseason over, both clubs now have until December 16th to finalize their practice squads and active rosters.
Rochester’s next contest is the regular season opener against the Minnesota Swarm on December 28th at The Blue Cross Arena. To purchase tickets, click here.

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