The Buffalo Bandits continue to hold down first place in the East after Week #13 of the National Lacrosse League regular season after the Wolves brought down the Knighthawks Saturday night by the score of 10-8.
With the win, the New England Black Wolves are only a half game behind followed by the Rochester Knighthawks who are 2.5 games back.
New England got off the blocks early with a 2-0 first quarter lead adding another 23 seconds into the second.
Then the Knighthawks exploded with four straight goals to get into the game and take a 4-3 lead. Shawn Evans scored his fourth of the game for New England and Sheldon Burns ended the half for the Wolves to take the lead back 5-4.
The K-hawks evened the score at 7-7 including Cody Jamieson’s 24th of the season in the third quarter.
Pat Saunders handed the lead back to New England early in the final frame but Dan Dawson got that one back at 9:14. The K-hawk defence could not hold back the Black Wolves late in the game as Kevin Crawley and Saunders put the icing on the New England cake for the final 10-8 win.
Top guns for the Wolves were Shaun Evans (3G,4A), Jordan Hall (2G,4A), and Kevin Crawley (2G,3A). For Rochester it was Dan Dawson (2G,2A), Brad Self (2G,1A) and Cody Jamieson (1G,1A) leading the way.
In other NLL action, Calgary won 12-13 in overtime against the Colorado Mammoth, and Saskatchewan defeating the Toronto Rock 13-8.
Week 14 games include Colorado at New England, Buffalo at Georgia, Calgary at Saskatchewan and Toronto at Vancouver.