Season Ends With Loss To Rochester

Toronto – Saturday night, the Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Toronto Rock 17-13 at Air Canada Centre to advance to the NLL Championship game as the East Division Champions.

The Rock fell behind by a pair of goals much to the delight of the near 500 Knighthawks fans that made the trip to Toronto for the game.  Josh Sanderson and Brenden Thenhaus responded with a pair of Rock goals to tie the game 2-2.  Rochester’s Craig Point took the last shot of the opening quarter and pushed the Knighthawks back into the lead with less than a second showing on the clock.

Kasey Beirnes opened the scoring to tie the game 4-4 and the Knighthawks and Rock each scored just 26 seconds apart to keep the score even at 5-5.  Rochester connected for the final two goals of the first half to lead 7-5.

The Knighthawks began to pull away in the third quarter outscoring the Rock 4-2 in the period and building an 11-7 lead through three quarters.

Rochester and Toronto each scored 6 goals in the final quarter as the Rock couldn’t make up any ground in the late going.

Rochester’s Cory Vitarelli led the offensive charge for the Knighthawks scoring 4 goals and adding an assist.  Matt Vinc made 51 saves for the win in the Rochester goal.

Garrett Billings had a goal and 6 assists for 7 points while Josh Sanderson had 4 goals and an assist.

The Knighthawks will now face the winner of the West Division Final between Edmonton and Minnesota next weekend.



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Thanks for the insanely entertaining year, guys! Too bad it had to end a little early. We'll have to be better next year.
2012-05-13 00:59:03
It certainly wasn't how I wanted the season to end, but it was a great one. Through injuries and hard losses, you boys kept fighting. Thanks for that!

Also a big thank you to every staff member for the Toronto Rock. You folks are incredible. Polite, helpful, knowledgeable, the whole package! You aren't forgotten and trust me, myself and other fans have spoken very highly of you time and time again.

We will see each other again for 2013. GO ROCK GO!
2012-05-13 17:06:10
good season. will return even better next year.
2012-05-13 21:23:29
We have to work on the defense and the goaltending for 2013 season. The offense was a bit out control with shooting the ball.
Great 2012 season - lots of thrills & spills.
2012-05-14 10:59:26
Thanks for the awesome season. Of course, I'll be renewing my season tickets.
It's gonna be a tough 8 months of Rock withdrawal, counting down to the next season. I already can't wait.
2012-05-14 18:29:41

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