Aug 26, 2017

midget-playoffs.jpg(August 26, 2017)… The Jr. Knighthawks knocked off the previously unbeaten Jr. Roughnecks 6-5 Saturday evening to finish in a first-place tie atop the Blue Division. With a 3-1 record, Rochester earned a trip to the Jr. NLL Playoffs and a first-round date with the Jr. Mammoth.

“I am impressed with their work ethic and how they are doing the little things it takes to win games,” said Jr. Knighthawks coach Dan Lomas. “In the last game, they showed the heart and dedication they have for lacrosse.”

The Jr. Knighthawks will take on Colorado at 9:00 p.m. at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC). The winner will advance to Sunday’s Semifinal against the Jr. Roughnecks. Faceoff is set for 8:00 a.m. at the TRAC.

In Rochester’s final game of pool play they knocked off the Jr. Roughnecks in one of the most exciting finishes of the fifth annual Jr. NLL Tournament. Clinging to a one-goal lead with 10 seconds to play, the Jr. Roughnecks picked off a pass and appeared to tie the game. The goal, however, was ruled a second late and the Jr. Knighthawks won for the second time Saturday.

The Jr. Knighthawks rallied to earn the victory by outscoring Calgary 5-3 in the second half. After trailing 2-1 after one, Rochester tallied back-to-back goals 54 seconds apart to take a 3-2 advantage 90 seconds into the second frame. The Jr. Knighthawks would not trail the rest of the way as they took three more one-goal leads.

Rochester’s last goal came with just 1:22 to play as Marcus Colaco ripped a shot from the high slot for a 6-5 lead. The marker was his second of the contest. The Jr. Knighthawks also received a two-point effort from Lukas Stanat (1+1), and goals from Michael Haist, Jared Hill and Greg Arsenault.

Gage Stevens was outstanding in goal, making 19 saves which included a point-blank stop with 10 seconds left in the game. Following his best performance of the tournament, the modest Stevens summed up the team’s most impressive win.

“It was just great to beat the top team in our division,” he said.

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