KNIGHTHAWKS EDGED BY BUFFALO IN PRESEASON OPENER

Dec 3, 2016

preseason buffalo.jpg(December 3, 2016)… The Rochester Knighthawks dropped a close 12-10 preseason decision to the Buffalo Bandits this afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations.

Rochester was led by a six-point night from Dan Dawson (1+5) and three-point efforts from Cory Vitarelli (1+2) and Joe Resetarits (2+1), and rookies Josh Currier (2+1) and Kyle Jackson (2+1). Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen was pleased with the play of his first-rounders, Currier and Jackson.

“Offensively, they were moving their feet and the ball was moving very well today,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “They’re getting looks and creating looks. Jackson has a great first step as well.”

For Jackson, it didn’t take him long to show off his offensive abilities. The Knighthawks’ seventh overall pick tied the game at one with seven seconds remaining in the opening quarter. His second tally came early in the second to give the Knighthawks a 4-3 lead. After the game, Jackson reflected on his professional debut.

“Heading into my first game, I was anxious and a little nervous, but I knew I was there for a reason,” said Jackson. “I went out, relaxed and played with confidence. Playing alongside some guys who are my idols is pretty surreal! I am hoping to continue making progress as a player and learning from this tremendous group of athletes.”

Currier, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NLL Entry Draft, got going in the second half, pulling the Knighthawks within one with a goal late in the third. The Peterborough, Ontario native scored at 13:39 as he dove across the top of the crease and beat Buffalo goalie Anthony Cosmo to make it 9-8. Currier’s final goal was a beauty, as he ducked under a check and scored from one knee to tie the game at 10.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s fast for sure. It was just great to get out there and play against a different team.”

Newly acquired forward Kevin Ross chipped in two assists in one half of play, while Dan Lomas (0+2) added a two-point performance. Ross, who was acquired from the Toronto Rock on Friday, made his Knighthawks’ debut in the second half.

“I am looking forward to getting a good run in tomorrow, maybe contributing more to the offense and getting a win,” he said.

Today’s contest kicked off a two-game in two-day stretch for the Knighthawks. On Sunday, Rochester will take on the New England Black Wolves at noon at the ILA.

The Knighthawks will conclude their preseason schedule on Saturday, Dec. 10 when they host the Georgia Swarm at 8:00 p.m. at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. The game will be free for season ticket holders, while general admission seats are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for kids. However, if you bring in a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the Pirate Toy Fund, you will receive a pair of tickets to the game. 

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