NLL – The Rochester Knighthawks will host the Georgia Swarm in a key late-season showdown on Saturday, March 10 at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. Both teams enter the game with identical 5-6 records and are tied for fourth in the tightly-contested East Division. The Knighthawks and Swarm are just one game behind division-leading New England and Buffalo.
The 7:30 p.m. contest is the Twitter Game of the Week and will be streamed at live.twitter.com/nll and simulcast on NLLTV.com.
The last time they met, Rochester knocked off the Swarm 17-10 on Feb. 11 to jumpstart its current three-game winning streak. Saturday’s contest will decide who will win the three-game regular-season series.
Teddy Bear Auction: The Knighthawks will host a Teddy Bear Auction on Saturday to benefit Villa of Hope. Fans can place their bids on the Build-A-Bear Workshop animals, created by the players, at the Villa of Hope auction table during game. The minimum bid is $50, and bidding is in increments of $10. Winning bidders must arrange for payment before exiting the arena with their bears.
Irish Night Ticket Pack: Saturday’s Irish Night will feature a special ticket package to commemorate the occasion. Irish Night packs range in price from $15 to $25, and include a limited edition Irish T-Shirt, a ticket to the game, and two Happy Hour drink tickets. To order, go online to www.knighthawks.com/Irish.
Additional Broadcast Information: The game will be broadcast on 107.3 The Bull and on the iHeartRadio app.
Scouting the Knighthawks: Rochester has outscored its opponents 50-31 during its three-game winning streak. Their latest victory was a 17-10 dismantling of Buffalo on Feb. 24. Joe Resetarits led the way with a career-high 11 assists and 14 points to tie the team record for assists in a game shared by Derek Malawsky and Dan Dawson. Cory Vitarelli also reached a milestone as he played in his 100th professional game. Kyle Jackson tied his career high with five goals to finish the game with nine points. Austin Shanks and Eric Fannell, who both had two goals, are second and tied for third, respectively, in points among league rookies. Cody Jamieson notched two goals and five assists to tie his season high with seven points. “Jammer” now has 20 points in his last three games (9+11). Jake Withers has a league-leading .658 faceoff winning percentage. Rochester’s 148 goals are the most in the East Division, which is second in the NLL to only the Saskatchewan Rush’s 176.
Goalie Power: Matt Vinc leads the NLL in saves (423) and is second in save percentage (.789). Vinc is also third in the league with an 11.06 goals-against average.
Special Teams: Rochester is second in the NLL in power-play efficiency, scoring 59.52 percent of the time. While shorthanded, the Knighthawks are killing off a league-best 55.32 percent of their opponents’ chances.
Kyle Jackson needs just two more goals to establish a career high with 27.
Sid Smith has tied his career high in assists and points with five.
Graeme Hossack is two goals and two points away from setting career highs in both offensive categories. He currently has five goals, four assists and nine points. His four assists tied his career best, which he set last season.
Brad Gillies has tied his career high with seven assists. He is also four points shy of passing last year’s career mark of 15.
Joe Resetarits has a career-best 41 assists and is within striking distance of his all-time marks for assists and points. His 23 goals are just five away from a career high; his 64 points are three away from passing his career-best season of 66 points, which he set last year.
Jake Withers (148) is seven faceoff wins away from passing Brian Silcott and Brad MacArthur for eighth place on the team’s all-time list.
Cory Vitarelli needs just three goals to pass Scott Evans for fifth on the Knighthawks’ all-time goal-scoring list.
Scouting the Swarm: Georgia improved to 5-6 last weekend after splitting a pair of games. The Swarm opened their schedule Friday with an 11-10 loss to the Colorado Mammoth. The following night, however, they bounced back with a 12-7 win over the Toronto Rock. Shayne Jackson leads Georgia with 53 points (21+32), while Lyle Thompson is a close second with 48 (19+29). Goalie Mike Poulin is second in the NLL in saves with 422. Transition man Joel White made his 2017-18 debut and collected two assists, 14 ground balls and four caused turnovers in two games.
Next Game: Rochester will begin a two-game road trip when it travels to play the Calgary Roughnecks at 9:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 17 at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Next Home Game: The Knighthawks will host their inaugural Cradle for the Cure game on Saturday, March 31. That night, Rochester will entertain the Colorado Mammoth at 7:30 p.m. at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks will wear special light blue jerseys that night, which will be auctioned off to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer Association.