Knighthawks hold on for the win over Vancouver

Eduardo Curros – Pacific Correspondent, All Lacrosse All The Time

It’s Week 4 of the National Lacrosse League and the revamped Vancouver Warriors (1-1) traveled to face the red-hot Rochester Knighthawks (2-0) at Blue Cross Blue Shield Arena on Saturday night. The Knighthawks were able to hold on for the 13-11 win.

First Quarter:

Vancouver’s Kyle Killen opened the scoring with help from Keegan Bal and Riley Loewen, 51 seconds into the game. Knighthawks’s Matt Gilray responded at 1:02, with help from Ryland Rees and Joe Post to tie the game. 

Turner Evans scored at 2:29 second to give the Knighthawks a temporary lead 2-1. Kevin Crowley tied it on a powerplay goal thanks to a pass from Riley Loewen at 4:40. Vancouver’s Reid Bowering gave Warriors the lead thanks to quick passes from Adam Charalambides and Keegan Bal at 9:38. Owen Grant expanded Vancouver’s lead with an unassisted goal at 12:37. Ryan Martel would close Vancouver’s scoring thanks to a pass from Keegan Bal and James Rahe at 12:45. Knighthawks’s Austin Hasen scored with two seconds left on the clock to close out the first quarter. Vancouver leading 5-3

Second Quarter:

Knighthawk’s Kyle Waters scored 6:00 into the second with help from Connor Fields to open the scoring. Fields scored an unassisted follow-up goal at 7:30. 

Fields scored again with help from Thomas McConvey and Ryan Lanchbury at 7:50. Lanchbury would score the next two goals and Waters and Evans closed the scoring for Rochester. Adam Charalambides scored the only goal for Vancouver at 10:53, with help from Loewen and James Rahe. Rochester Knighthawks walked into halftime with an 8-6 lead.  

Third Quarter:

Knighthawks’ Smith opened the scoring at 3:48 to extend Rochester’s lead. Vancouver’s Grant scored unassisted at 4:22 to make it 9-7. Kevin Crowley would continue to close the gap with assists from Bal and Charalambides at 5:48. Knighthawks’s Hasen then scored at 7:09 followed by a laser of a shot from Thomas McConvey to keep the lead at 9:28.

Then a scary moment. Rochester goaltender Rylan Hartley, who has had concussion issues in the past, took a hard shot off the head and went down. Rochester’s training staff had to steady Hartley as he made his way to the dressing room. Riley Hutchcraft finished the game in relief.

Vancouver’s Grant would narrow the lead with help from Ryan Dilks at 10:06. Keegan Bal scored at the buzzer but the Rochester Knighthawks still lead with 11-10.

Fourth Quarter:

The Knighthawks kept a good lead with two goals from Smith to start the fourth quarter. Vancouver’s Charalambides scored the only goal for the Warriors in the fourth at 12:52. Rochester Knighthawks stay hot with a record of 3-0, to hold on to the 13-11 win.

Curros’s Corner

Vancouver Warriors goalie Aaron Bold crossed the 9,000 minutes played milestone. Knighthawks Coach Mike Hasen got his 100th win to become the sixth coach in history to reach that mark. Austin Hasen also scored his 100th career point. Ryan Lanchbury led the way for Rochester with two goals and five assists for seven points. Joe Post scooped up 14 loose balls in the win. Rochester outdueled Vancouver on the faceoff dot going 19 of 26.

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.