Rochester, Buffalo Fall at Home; Georgia Wins

(April 1, 2017) ... Despite a last-second effort, the Rochester Knighthawks fell to the Calgary Roughnecks 11-9 on Saturday night at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena.

"We knew what was at stake and we knew this game was going to be tough for us," said Knighthawks forward Joe Resetarits. "We've got a bye-week coming up and we know we just have to be better; we have to win every game. We just have to worry about ourselves and we know what we've got to do to win."

The Knighthawks were led by Resetarits, who posted five points (2+3). Graeme Hossack, Brad Gillies, Cory Vitarelli, Scott Campbell, Jarrett Davis, Kyle Jackson and Dan Lomas each put up single goals. Rookie Luke Laszkiewicz, who played in his first NLL game tonight, also collected his first professional point on an assist to fellow rookie Kyle Jackson.

"He played well once he got settled in," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. "He was moving his feet well. To come in this far into the season, he did pretty well."

Matt Vinc finished the night with 31 saves, which included several breakaway stops.

"He's been giving us that opportunity each and every week," said Hasen. "It was another night where he was making saves he shouldn't have and keeping us in there."

The Knighthawks are still in the playoff hunt, trailing New England by one and a half

games and Buffalo by a half game for the final postseason spot in the East Division. After tonight's contest, the team is ready to move forward and continue to fight for a playoff berth.

"We are going to keep things in perspective," said Hasen. "We still control a little bit of our own fate here. We need a little bit of help but if we can get wins in our last four games, we'll be okay."

"We've just got to refocus and clear our minds and watch some games over the next weekend to prepare for a tough battle," said Vinc. "We know that we're fighting for our lives so we're playing like it's the playoffs now and we've got to win out."

After a bye-week, the Knighthawks will travel to Colorado to take on the Mammoth on Saturday, April 15. The team will return home on Saturday, April 22 to take on New England at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena at 7:30 p.m.

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Rush 17, Bandits 14

BUFFALO NY- The two-time defending Champion's Cup winners have secured their spot in the 2017 NLL playoffs as the Saskatchewan Rush topped the Buffalo Bandits 17-14 on Saturday night.

In a rematch between the teams that clashed in last season's NLL Final, the Rush racked up their highest first-half offensive output of the season and then quelled a comeback bid by the Bandits in the fourth quarter. The victory also pushed Saskatchewan (9-4) ahead of Colorado by 2½ games for top spot in the West Division.

Rush leading scorer Mark Matthews, playing with severe pink eye in both eyes, torched the Bandits for nine points (2 goals, 7 assists), while the Rush also got hat tricks from both Adam Jones and first overall pick Ryan Keenan. The Matthews-Jones-Keenan left-side trio combined for 19 points.

"It's good to clinch and now we can start focusing on getting home-floor advantage," said Jones. "It was a good team win and we took some steps in the right direction on the offensive end."

The Bandits (5-8) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening quarter, but the Rush responded with four straight goals in a span of 1:57 including a terrific individual effort by rookie Mike Messenger as he busted his way past a Buffalo defender and then outmaneuvered goalie Anthony Cosmo. Before the first quarter wrapped, Keenan's first of the night gave the Rush a 5-3 lead and chased Cosmo to the bench in favor of backup Davide DiRuscio.

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