With six wins and three losses so far in the NLL schedule last season’s bottom dwellers, the Buffalo Bandits find themselves in first place in the East with six wins and three losses. Meanwhile, the Rochester Knighthawks are still in last place so far this season with a record of four wins and six losses heading into the weekend.
The Knighthawks were successful in Saskatchewan Friday night 16-11, led by Cody Jamieson’s three goals and four assists for a seven-point game. Saskatchewan’s Jeremy Thompson scored and assisted for two points.
Meanwhile, at the Infinity Energy Arena, the Georgia Swarm and the Toronto Rock were in a titanic battle that required OT to decide a winner. The scoring came in bunches. The Rock took control quickly building a 5-0 lead in five-and-a-half minutes into the game.
Georgia swarmed the Rock in the second half of the quarter with five unanswered goals of their own to tie the score at 5-5. Georgia took a narrow lead with a short-handed goal with a minute remaining in the quarter.
Toronto scored first at 3:54 of the second quarter and the last of the half at 14:16, but goals by Georgia’s Miles Thompson, Randy Staats, Kiel Matisz and Jordan Hall were sandwiched between to end the half at 10-10.
The rock outscored Georgia 2-1 in the third quarter but Zed Williams evened the score again at 2:17 of the last quarter. Toronto scored the next two before Georgia got one back. Adam Jones scored for Toronto to take a 13-12 lead. The Swarm caught a break when Brodie Merrill got hit with a holding penalty with four minutes remaining. That gave the Swarm a golden opportunity which Shayne Miles Thompson took full advantage off to tie the game at 13-13 which is how regulation time ended.
Shayne Jackson earned the win with his OT marker from Jesse King and Bryan Cole at 3:55 to take the extra point with the win.
Leading the Swarm offensively were Jesse King (3G,3A,) Miles Thompson (2G,1A), Lyle Thompson (4A), Randy Staats (1G,4A).
This coming Saturday, Feb. 24th, the Knighthawks and the Bandits go at it again in Buffalo, Calgary is in Saskatchewan and New England is in Vancouver.