Knighthawks, not quite right yet

ROCHESTER — A full slate of games in the NLL this past weekend saw The Toronto Rock roll over Rochester 17-9, Friday night with Cody Jamieson earning two goals and four assists for a six-pointer. The next night, the Knighthawks lost a 9-8 decision to the New England Black Wolves. Jamieson scored twice and assisted on four for another six-point night.

In five games played so far this NLL season, Jamieson has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points, averaging five points a game. The score was even at 5-5 at the half with Dan Dawson, Kyle Jackson, Cody Jamieson, Austin Shanks, and Joe Resetarits scoring for Rochester.New England took control of the third quarter to make it 8-6, Black Wolves with 15 minutes left. New England added another in the last quarter making it 9-6.

The Knighthawks’ last gasp produced two goals scored by Resetarits with 1:57 remaining, and Cody Jamieson’s second of the game with 20 seconds left. There was not enough time to complete the comeback.

“I think those first couple of games, everybody was shooting and scoring,” Jamieson said. “There was no adversity, there was no hitting pipes and coming out. There was no frustration. In any game, if you can score early like that, the confidence is high all game. In the past couple of games, we’ve been having trouble in the first quarter. It’s not nothing in particular. We’ve all had a couple of pipes, a couple of missed passes. As it starts going and it starts rolling, it’s like a snowball and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger.

“The monkey in the room stars getting bigger and more mobile. By the time we know it, we’re down going into the fourth quarter. It’s just a matter of calming down, settling down, and getting the confidence back. Everyone’s got to get their stick in their hands and get their confidence back.”

Elsewhere, Vancouver won 11-10 in OT in Buffalo. The Bandits spotted the Stealth three first period goals, one by Callum Crawford and two by Dhane Smith. Vancouver push back hard in the second quarter with Corey Small scoring two powerplay goals and one even strength goal, back-to-back, topped off with Rhys Duch and Logan Schuss, all before the 8:16 minute mark to give Vancouver a 5-3 lead at the half.

Vaughn Harris netted two in the third but Vancouver scored three and it was 8-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Schuss made it 9-7 at 5:35 but Mitch Jones and Josh Byrne scored 34 seconds apart putting the Bandits right back in it, tied at 9-9. Duch made it 10-9 for the Stealth at 10:10 and Jones scored his second of the period to tie the score at 10-10, sending the decision into overtime where Joel McCready ending it all at 2:12 of the OT period for the Vancouver win, but the Knighthawks got a point out of the deal in consolation.

Upcoming games will have Buffalo traveling to Saskatchewan, and Rochester at New England.

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