Apr 24, 2019

_DSC4017.jpg(April 24, 2019)… The Rochester Knighthawks will wrap up the 2018-19 season on Saturday, April 27 against the New England Black Wolves on Fan Appreciation Night. Prior to the 7:30 p.m. contest, the team will hold its annual Awards Night, presented by Ricoh.

Broadcast Info: The game will be broadcast on 107.3 The Bull and the iHeartRadio app. Fans can watch the contest on B/R Live.

Head-to-Head: Rochester will host New England in the third and final game of the regular season between the two East Division rivals. The Knighthawks won the last meeting, 13-8 on March 31, which jumpstarted their current four-game winning streak.

Teddy Bear Auction: The Knighthawks will host a Teddy Bear Auction on Saturday to benefit Villa of Hope. Fans can place their bids on the Build-A-Bear Workshop animals, created by the players, at the Villa of Hope auction table during the game. The minimum bid is $50, and bidding is in increments of $10. Winning bidders must arrange for payment before exiting the arena with their bears.

Scouting the Knighthawks: The Knighthawks played the role of spoiler Saturday night as they defeated Vancouver 18-6 to end the Vancouver Warriors’ playoff chances. Rochester led from start to finish as it posted a six-goal first quarter and never looked back. The Knighthawks’ fourth straight win was powered by a season-high 10-point performance from Kyle Jackson. Fellow forward Ryan Benesch tied his season-high with nine points, as he scored five times and collected four assists. Both players also hit career milestones as Jackson posted his 100th career assist and Benesch notched the 1,000th point of his career. Cody Jamieson, who had seven points, also recorded the 700th point of his nine-year career. In goal, Warren Hill made a career-high 53 saves to earn his fourth consecutive victory. Defenseman Jake Withers led the team with 15 loose balls, one goal and 27 faceoff wins. Rochester’s special teams had its best game of the season, scoring four power-play and three shorthanded goals. King of the ‘Hill’: Goalie Warren Hill leads the NLL with a 9.93 goals-against average and a .817 save percentage.

Milestone Watch:

  • Kyle Jackson needs five points to reach 200 in his career.
  • Austin Shanks needs five points to hit 100 in his career.
  • Goalie Warren Hill enters the game with the second-highest save percentage in team history (.817).
  • Cody Jamieson needs three assists to crack the Top 10 in single-season franchise history. He leads the club with 54.
  • Jake Withers needs 13 loose balls to pass Steve Toll for the third most collected in Knighthawks’ single-season history. In 13 games, Withers has scooped up 154 loose balls.

Scouting the Black Wolves: New England enters the game with an 8-9 record after dropping its last two games. On Saturday, the Black Wolves fell the Buffalo Bandits 12-6. Former Knighthawk Joe Resetarits, who scored twice against Buffalo, has 22 points in six games since joining the Black Wolves. Reilly O’Connor led the way with five assists. Callum Crawford chipped in three points to reach the 100-point plateau for the second time in his career. This season, he has career highs in goals (41) and assists (59). The veteran forward is tied for third in the NLL in goals and points.

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