Knighthawks crush Rock 12-5
(knighthawks.com) - The Rochester Knighthawks (2+1) completed a two-game sweep of the Toronto Rock this week, following a 12-5 win against their division rivals tonight at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. The victory was the second over the Rock in three days.
"Last week we said we needed to be better and we knew we would be better. We were," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. "It was two good games and we were good all the way around."
Dan Dawson had a phenomenal night, putting up a game-high five goals and adding an assist. His three second-quarter goals broke a 2-2 early in the second and sparked a 7-0 Rochester run.
"It's really just a testament to how good the team is and how good my teammates are at getting me open and getting me the looks," he said. "I got the chances and tonight the ball was falling for me."
"That's what I like to see every game (from Dawson)," said Hasen. "He's distributing but he's also taking his chances when the looks are there for him. He was there tonight. Top to bottom, I think we were real, real good tonight. We'll take it and we need to do that every night."
Rochester saw scoring across the board with Cody Jamieson's eight points (2+6) leading the pack. The Knighthawks superstar now has a stellar 25 points in just three games. Stephen Keogh finished with a seven-point night (1+6). Jordan Hall (1+2), Joe Resetarits (1+3) and Joe Walters (1+1) also contributed to the team win.
"It's what we do. We take pride in being a deep offense," Jamieson said. "You shut one of us down and another guy is going to get three or four. Tonight it was Dawson's night. He was shooting the lights out. It was me the other night and other times it's going to be someone else. Keogh, Craig (Point), Joey Res (Resetarits). Our offense is so deep that if one of us is having an off night, someone else is going to come back and light the lamp so it's part of our offense, part of our philosophy."
While the offense is surely showing off its talent this season, the Knighthawks defensive end has surely given opposing teams a run for their money. Tonight, Rochester blanked the Rock for over 25 minutes, a streak that began late in the first quarter and ended midway through the third.
"It was a good bounce back and a good statement for us the last two games," said Knighthawks defenseman Ian Llord.
In two games, the back end, headed by goaltender Matt Vinc, allowed just 12 goals, while the offense scored a combined 24 goals. Vinc finished the night with 36 saves on 41 shots.
"It was a quick turn-around and we wanted to make sure we rode that high," Dawson said. "We established something here on our home field. We got it done tonight. We've got the bye week coming up which gives us two weeks to get better."