December 17, 2011

Jamieson Scores Six In Rochester Preseason Win Over Minnesota

from press releases

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Cody "Jammer" Jamieson led the way with six goals tonight, including three straight in the third quarter, to help the Rochester Knighthawks defeat the Minnesota Swarm 19-15 at Blue Cross Arena.

The Knighthawks used 11 different goal scorers to improve to 2-0 in the preseason. Cody Jamison lead the way for the Knighthawks scoring six goals and adding three assists. Brad Self also had a strong game for Rochester, collecting three goals with two assists, and Jordan Hall chipped in two goals and two assists.

Self was playing in his first game since the 2008 season after focusing on his hockey career. Owner and General Manager Curt Styres, VP of Player Personnel Jody Gage and Assistant GM Landon Miller made sure to acquire his rights as part of the trade to get Matt Vinc last year.

For Minnesota, Ryan Benesch had a huge game in a losing effort scoring five goals with four assists. Corbyn Tao and Joel Henry also had three goals, respectively. Transition specialist Tyler Hass, F Jay Card, T Jordan MacIntosh, and D Dan Ball rounded out the scoring for the Swarm.

"We played everybody tonight and changed our lineup around a little bit in the second half to give other players a go," Minneosta head coach Mike Lines said. "We were putting some new systems in place, and for our first time out, it wasn't all that bad. We pulled some really good things out of tonight's game."

Lines added, "It was competitive. We battled hard and so did they. It wasn't a real chippy game - there were some good, hard hits. Guys are out there on both sides of the floor trying to earn jobs. They (Rochester) are making cuts like we are too, so there were guys out there looking to make a mark on our teams."

Minnesota struck first when Tao found the back of the net just over two minutes into the game. Rochester was quick to answer though, mounting a 4-0 scoring run over a two-minute stretch early in the first quarter to take control with a 4-1 lead. The run featured goals from Sid Smith, Kyle Laverty, Self and Jamieson. Rochester led 6-3 after the first quarter.

Minnesota started the second quarter with a power-play goal from Tao, and then added another a minute later, off the stick off Tyler Haas. The two goals drew the Swarm to within a single goal at 6-5, but that was the closest they would get the rest of the way. Rochester again responded, this time with a three-goal run highlighted by two goals from Mike Accursi. Chris Schiller also added a shorthanded goal for Rochester, who took a 9-6 lead into the locker room.

The Swarm opened the second half in strong fashion as another goal from Tao trimmed Rochester's lead to 9-7. From there, the Hawks used a 7-3 run over the remainder of the period to take a commanding 16-10, that Minnesota could never fully recover from.
In the final period Minnesota was able to trim Rochester's lead to four twice early, but they were unable to draw any closer as the Hawks seemed to have an answer for every run Minnesota made. Benesch again cut the lead to four goals with just over a minute reaming, but it was too little too late.

The Knighthawks will open the home portion of their regular season schedule on Saturday, January 21st against the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks are holding their Millionth Fan Promotion, which includes a trip for two to Las Vegas (hotel, airfare and $2,000 cash). For more information or to purchase season tickets, call (585) 454-HAWK (4295).

Minnesota kicked off a two-game in two-night stretch tonight. The Swarm play the defending NLL champion Toronto Rock Saturday. Minnesota begins its eighth season of play on Saturday, January 14th on the road against the Colorado Mammoth. The Swarm's home opener features the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday, January 28th.

"We had some mental and communication issues that we would like to correct tomorrow," Lines said. "We want to just shore up what we're trying to do. We're on the right page, we just have to come together as a team now."

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