ROCHESTER – The Toronto Rock took a week three, one-two punch from the Rochester Knighthawks with Saturday night’s 12–5 win at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. That was preceded by Thursday night’s 12–7 win at the Air Canada Centre.
Over the course of the two games, Cody Jamieson (returning from a potential career ending injury during last year’s playoffs) led the K-hawks, scoring 18 points with 5 goals and 13 assists. Added to his 2 goals and 5 assists in the season opener against Georgia, Jamieson now has a league leading 7 goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 3 games, quickly setting a torrid pace for all National Lacrosse League scoring so far this early season.
Saturday night in Rochester, the Rock was looking for revenge from Thursday night’s loss but found the same Knighthawks they faced then, dropping 12 goals to the awesome power of Rochester shooters.
Dan Dawson scored six times, three of them on the power play, and added an assist, while Stephen Keogh scored once and added five assists.
Rochester rookie Adam Bomberry of Six Nations earned an assist, while Matt Vinc stopped 36 of 41 shots he faced.
It was a close first period ending with Toronto leading 2–1, but the second period pretty well sealed the game with four power play goals — one shorthanded and another at full strength, ballooning the K-hawks lead to 7–2 by the half.
The Rock struggled back in the second half but not enough to make any difference in the final outcome as the K-hawks dealt the Rock, their second defeat in week three of the new season.
Thursday night in Toronto, Rochester had its way right from the opening face-off as they built a 4–1 first quarter lead and 7–2 at the half and kept coming in the second half for the 12–7 win.
Vinc and the K-hawks defense frustrated Toronto shooters as they threw 45 shots at the Toronto net.
They will have this coming week off to get ready for a trip across country where they will face the Vancouver Stealth.