Shawn Evans Leads his Team with 18 Points in a Pair of Victories.
Saturday night the Rochester Knighthawks looked for revenge against the New England Blackwolves after losing Friday 16-13. Unfortunately for the Knighthawks and their fans they fell again, but in a much closer game 10-8.
New England now sits in second place, only a half game behind Buffalo for first and hold a two game lead over the Knighthawks for second place. The Blackwolves also have two games in hand over the Hawks.
The Blackwolves jumped to an early lead 3-0 just :23 into the second quarter after shutting the Hawks out 2-0 in the first. Then it seemed to be a repeat of the game on March 12. Rochester would score four straight to take the lead and almost take control of the game, until the Blackwolves would score twice in :53 to go to the half up 5-4.
This was a tale of two quarters as the Hawks didn’t show up til the second and the Blackwolves seemed to disappear in the second. The game could have been a runaway for New England as they peppered Matt Vinc in the first with a ton of great scoring chances and second chance opportunities. Evan Kirk was just as strong if not stronger for the Blackwolves.
As the third quarter started both teams seem to show up. Both getting great shots on net, goalies standing tall, along with some big hits. The highlight of the third came off the stick of Cody Jamieson. Jamieson not only tied the game at seven but the goal was his 500th point of his young career.
As the fourth quarter started, Pat Saunders would score just :43 in to give the ‘Wolves an 8-7 lead. For the next eight plus minutes, both teams would get more chances until Dan Dawson would bring the crowd to their feet tying the game. But before the Hawks and their fans can get loud enough, Kevin Crowley would score the eventual game winner at 10:54, Pat Saunders would score the final goal at 14:38 as Matt Vinc had to run back into the goal as he was pulled, but did not have time to get set.
Rochester—Dan Dawson (2G/2A), Brad Self (2G/1A), Matt Vinc sopped 39-49 shots faced.
New England—Shawn Evans (3G/4A), Jordan Hall (2G/4A), Kevin Crowley 2G/3A), Kyle Buchanan (5A). Evan Kirk stopped 45-53 shots faced and picked up the win.