February 10, 2012

Knighthawks Eyeing .500 Mark

from press release

- The Rochester Knighthawks and Minnesota Swarm will get back at it again on Sunday, February 12th at 3:00 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center. The Knighthawks defeated the Swarm 16-14 to improve to 10-4 all-time against Minnesota. Rochester has now won the last five games between the two clubs. The game will be broadcast live on Sportsradio 950 ESPN and www.sportsradio950espn.com.

Scouting the Knighthawks: The Knighthawks (2-3) enter the game tied for third place tie in the East Division. Cody Jamieson recorded three goals and a career-high six assists in the 16-14 win over Minnesota last Saturday. The nine points tied his career best. Mike Accursi also notched seven points (2+5), while Jarrett Davis collected a career-high four assists and six points. Johnny Powless was also named the NLL Rookie of the Week after a four-point effort. Rochester made good use of the power play, going five for eight. Goalie Matt Vinc made 32 saves, including 13 in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.

Four Knighthawks named All-Stars: Jamieson and McCready have been selected as East Division starters for the 2012 All-Star Game. The game will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th in Buffalo at First Niagara Center. Jamieson, 24, earns the starting nod for the first time in his career. McCready will make his second straight start in the NLL All-Star Game and third appearance in the prestigious event. Powless, 18, and Mike Kirk, 29, were named All-Star Reserves and will make their All-Star debuts.

On the road again: The game is the fourth road contest for the Knighthawks in five weeks. Rochester starts the season with five of its first eight games away from home.

Scouting the Swarm: Minnesota plays two home games in three days this weekend, as they host the Edmonton Rush Friday night and then welcome Rochester to town Sunday afternoon. Last Saturday, the Swarm dropped to 1-2 after the loss to the Knighthawks. Ryan Benesch led the way with four goals and three assists, while Callum Crawford chipped in one goal and four assists. Benesch leads the team with 10 goals with Crawford holding the team assist (16) and point lead (23). Rookie Jordan MacIntosh registered his first professional hat trick and added an assist in the city where he played college lacrosse at RIT. He is tied for third in the NLL with 54 faceoff wins. Goalie Tyler Carlson made 38 saves in his second straight start.

Minnesota to send four to All-Star Game: Benesch, Crawford, Andrew Suitor and MacIntosh were named to the West Division All-Star Team. Suitor, who plays transition, was named a starter Tuesday. Benesch and Crawford will make their second appearances in the All-Star Game, while Suitor and MacIntosh will make their debuts.

Hall of Fame Night: On Saturday, February 18th, the Knighthawks will induct defensemen Regy Thorpe and Pat Cougevan into the team's Hall of Fame. The K-Hawks will host the Washington Stealth at 7:30 p.m. The first 5,000 fans will receive a Knighthawks wall decal. Individual tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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