April 19, 2014

Vinc, Knighthawks Hand Buffalo Seventh-Straight Loss

from Press Release

The Rochester Knighthawks (13-4) handed the Buffalo Bandits (8-9) their franchise-record seventh-straight loss with an 8-4 home win in front of 8,900 fans at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night.

The first quarter only featured one goal, a Bandits power play goal by Joe Resetarits. Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc made multiple saves on quality Bandits chances to keep the score 1-0 after the first quarter.

The Knighthawks dominated the scoring in the second quarter, going on four-goal run started by Joel McCready. Derek Hopcroft tallied his first goal as a Knighthawk, and Johnny Powless scored the last two goals of the run less than thirty seconds apart. The Knighthawks led 4-1 at halftime.

The Bandits scored twice quickly coming out of the half, with Shawn Williams scoring a beautiful behind-the-back goal. Resetarits quickly scored his second of the night, and Rochester only led by one, 4-3.

Brad Self ended the Bandits run and Powless completed his hat trick to bring the Knighthawks lead to 6-3. That score held through the end of the third despite more power play time for the Bandits.

Buffalo opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a power play goal from Ryan Benesch to get within two of Rochester. Cory Vitarelli and Cody Jamieson both scored as the fourth wound down to give the Knighthawks the 8-4 lead. Vinc and the defense did the rest, killing off penalties and shutting down the Bandits offense to prevent any comeback.

The loss marks a franchise low for the Bandits, once 8-2 atop the East Division, as they've lost their seventh in a row after matching their previous record of a six-game skid, set in consecutive seasons in 2012 and last year, with their loss in Toronto last night.

The four goals scored by Buffalo were the fewest by an NLL team so far this season as Vinc made 45 saves on 49 shots for an astounding .918 save percentage.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Matt Vinc
2) Johnny Powless
3) Joe Walters

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