Knighthawks vs Rock Game NOTES 2/18 #THINKINSIDETHEBOX

“I have been dreaming of this opportunity my whole life. The biggest thing I want to do is have fun. Honestly, that's when I play my best."

-Josh Becker, on his first professional game with Rochester

Hawks kick off weekend trip with Toronto in RochVegas

The Rochester Knighthawks will kick off their busiest stretch of the season on Saturday, Feb. 18, as they host the Toronto Rock at 7:30 p.m. at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena. The contest is the first of two games in two nights this weekend, and the first of five games in 15 days for the Knighthawks.

“It’s pretty obvious that it’s a big weekend; we are playing the top two teams in the East. We want to make sure we are still in the hunt. For me personally, I am happy about it and I am ready to go.”

-Luc Magnan, on his return to the lineup

Scouting the Knighthawks: Rochester (2-4) enters the week tied for third place in the East Division with the New England Black Wolves. Last Saturday, the Knighthawks were led by a career-high four goals from rookie Josh Currier. Rochester also got goals from five defensemen as Scott Campbell, John Rae, Andrew Suitor, Graeme Hossack, and Ian Llord all scored against the Rush. Rae’s goal was the first of his NLL career. Rookie Kyle Jackson also notched two goals and one assist to give him a team-leading 23 points. Jackson is second in the NLL in points among rookies. Currier is tied for second on the team with 20 points and is third in the NLL in points among first-year players. Dan Dawson chipped in four assists to move into sixth place on the Knighthawks all-time points list with 357.

Scouting the Rock: Toronto (4-1) enters the week a half game out of first place in the East Division after knocking off the Calgary Roughnecks 11-7 on Feb. 12. The Rock will play the top team in the East, the Georgia Swarm, on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre (ACC) at 7:30 p.m. The following night in Rochester, they will complete a three-game in seven-day stretch. Tom Schreiber leads the Rock and all NLL rookies with 29 points in five games.

Last Meeting: The Knighthawks edged the Toronto Rock 9-8 on Jan. 28 at the ACC. The Knighthawks were backstopped by a 49-save performance by Matt Vinc. Rookie Kyle Jackson scored the game-winner as part of a three-point effort, while Joe Resetarits led the way with three goals and one assist. Saturday’s game is the third and final meeting this season between the two teams. The season series is tied at one win apiece.

Rookie Leaders: Rochester has two of the top three point-producing rookies in the National Lacrosse League this season. Kyle Jackson is second among first-year players with 23 points, which leads the Knighthawks. Josh Currier is third with 20 points.

Joel Matthews returns to the Rochester lineup, along with Josh Becker and Luc Magnan
“I am going to bring energy and physicality, but I need to play smart and make sure I remain on the active roster. I'm thankful to the coaches. This is a defining weekend for the Knighthawks and I want to do anything I can to help.”

-Joel Matthews, Knighthawks defenseman

Knighthawks Acquire Picks from Mammoth in exchange for Stephen Keogh: The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have acquired a first-round pick in the 2018 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft and a second-round pick in the 2019 draft from the Colorado Mammoth in exchange for forward Stephen Keogh.

“Words can’t describe how much you appreciate and thank somebody like that. He’s done whatever we’ve asked of him. He’s got grit, he can score and he will stand up for his teammates. He’s going to be missed.”

-Mike Hasen on Stephen Keogh

Broadcast Info: The game will be broadcast on 107.3 The Bull and is available on the iHeartRadio app. Fans can also watch the contest on NLL TV (nlltv.com)

Milestone Watch: Goalie Matt Vinc needs just 94 saves to reach 4,000 as a Knighthawk

- The Knighthawks are only five wins away from reaching the 200-win plateau as a franchise.

Right To Play Weekend: As part of a league-wide initiative, the Knighthawks will participate in the National Lacrosse League’s Right to Play weekend on Saturday. Players, coaches and staff from all nine NLL teams will be auctioning player jerseys and hosting fundraising activities to benefit the global organization. Right To Play is dedicated to educating and empowering youth in need through sport and games, while driving lasting social change in their communities.

Knighthawks Next Game: Rochester will battle the Georgia Swarm on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 6:05 p.m. at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena.

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