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NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR KNIGHTHAWKS
05/14/2014 - 2:46pm

Rochester hosts Buffalo in Game Two Saturday

(May 15, 2014)… The Rochester Knighthawks are glad to be back home with Game Two of the East Division Finals set for Saturday night at The Blue Cross Arena. 

“We fought all year for home floor advantage. We need it this round,” said Knighthawks forward Cody Jamieson. “We have to win two games and that’s all that matters.”

The Knighthawks, who earned the top seed in the East Division with a 14-4 record, will have a chance to even the series when they host the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. This year, Rochester excelled at home, earning an 8-1 record at The Blue Cross Arena.

In their playoff history, the Knighthawks have won their last seven home games, dating back to the 2006 season. The Knighthawks’ last home playoff game was on May 4, 2013. That night, Rochester defeated the Minnesota Swarm, 12-10, in the East Division Finals.

The last time Rochester and Buffalo played a playoff game in Rochester, the Knighthawks rallied to defeat the Bandits 14-13 in overtime on April 27, 2007 at The Blue Cross Arena. Rochester advanced to the Championship Game on John Grant’s game-winner just 26 seconds into the extra frame. The Knighthawks forced OT by outscoring Buffalo 5-2 in the fourth quarter. Mike Accursi was named the Game MVP with five goals and two assists, while Pat O’Toole made 43 saves. The Knighthawks advanced to the Champion’s Cup Finals where they knocked off the Arizona Sting 13-11 to win the franchise’s second NLL Championship.

The Western New York rivals have met 53 times during the regular season. Rochester leads the all-time series with a 31-22 record. Rochester owns a 5-4 playoff record against Buffalo. The contest on Saturday, May 17th is available on Sportsradio 950 ESPN and online at www.sportsradio950espn.com.

In Game One of the East Division Finals, Rochester was led by five-point efforts from Cody Jamieson (2+3) and Dan Dawson (2+3). Jamieson now has 39 career playoff points, passing Paul Gait and Tim Soudan for fifth place on the team’s all-time playoff points list. With his performance last game, Dawson moved within two points of passing Gary Gait for third all-time in NLL Playoff Points. He currently ranks fourth with 123. Last Saturday in Buffalo, Cory Vitarelli also chipped in two goals and one assist, while Stephen Keogh (1+1) and Joe Walters (1+1) each notched two points. Matt Vinc made 30 saves in goal for the Knighthawks.

The series now shifts to Rochester for Game Two.

“We love coming home,” said Knighthawks Head Coach Mike Hasen. “We come out with an extra jump in our step (when we are at home). The crowd always keeps us going.”

With a win Saturday, Rochester will force a 10-minute tiebreaker game, which will be played immediately following the conclusion of Game Two to determine the winner of the playoff series.

The winner of the East Division Finals will advance to the 2014 Champion’s Cup Finals, which will also follow the two-game series format. The Calgary Roughnecks lead the West Division Finals 1-0 after downing the Edmonton Rush 12-11 in overtime. Game Two of that series is set for Friday, May 16th at 10:00 p.m.

The Champion's Cup Finals will start the weekend of May 23-25 with Game One hosted by the lower-seeded team. Game Two of the Champion's Cup Finals will be hosted by the higher seed on the weekend of May 30-June 1.

Knighthawks Playoff Tickets are currently on sale at ticketmaster.com. Individual playoff tickets range in price from $17 to $22 prior to the day of the game. Game day tickets are $25 and $30. To experience the excitement of playoff lacrosse, please call (585) 454-4295.


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