Tonight the Rochester Knighthawks (5-3) head to Denver to face off with the 4-6 Colorado Mammoth. Both teams are looking to rebound from losses last week; Rochester lost to the Calgary Roughnecks 11-10 on the road while Colorado fell to the Vancouver Stealth 19-9 on a Friday night.
On the Mammoth’s 100th home game ever, Adam Jones remains out of the lineup with a separated shoulder. “To play at home, we’re looking forward to that,” Hamley said to NLL.com. “We’ve got a tough opponent obviously, the defending champs coming in, a very good offense, a very good defense and a good goaltending.”
In their loss last week, Colorado was led by John Grant Jr. with eight points and Drew Westervelt who had three. Tye Belanger played the majority of that game in net with 48 minutes so it will be interesting to see if they go back with him or stick with Dillon Ward. Ward had led the Mammoth to three straight wins before the game against Vancouver.
Meanwhile, Rochester fell to Calgary on the road last week thanks to a five-goal period by the Roughnecks. In that game Cody Jamieson scored seven points and Stephen Keogh picked up three. The last time these two teams faced each other was last season when Rochester defeated them 12-11 in Colorado.
“We’re looking to rebound,” said Rochester defenseman Dylan Evans on NLL.com. “It was a tough one last week, being ahead for as much of the game as we were. Calgary’s got a lot of weapons, so they can go on a run at any time. Unfortunately, they found a way to get there late in the fourth.”
Rochester’s three losses are all on the road and all are by one goal. They hope that tonight, things will be different as they face off in Colorado.