Knighthawks win a shoot-out in Saskatoon

The Rochester Knighthawks pulled off a 16-14 win in a shoot-out against the Saskatchewan Rush on Saturday night in Saskatoon.

Rochester gave the nod to Riley Hutchcraft in goal, who stopped 36 of 50 shots for the win. On the other end of the floor, Frank Scigliano rebounded from a shaky start last week to stop 40 of 55 shots.

It was a back-and-forth affair as the lead changed 16 times. The difference came in the fourth quarter. Bobby Kidd III took a dead ball foul after Ryan Smith tied the game, which proved to be costly. Kyle Waters scored on the ensuing power play for the game-winner.

Connor Fields had himself a night as he generated most of the Knighthawks’ offense. He finished with four goals and seven assists for an 11-point night.

Zach Manns led the Rush with three goals and six points. Jake Boudreau was a monster on the defensive end of the floor. He had two goals and four points along with 13 loose balls.

Rush off to a fast start

The Rush got off to a quick start with Zach Manns scoring from long-range 3:58 into the first quarter. Nathaniel Kozevnikov came off the bench late and scored with 7:11 on the clock to give the Rush a 2-0 advantage.

Fields got the Knighthawks on the board with 4:36 left with a shot through traffic on the power play. Newly acquired Ryan Lanchbury would sneak out by Scigliano just over two minutes later to tie the game.

Saskatchewan retook the lead when a Rochester shot hit the crossbar and flew passed half. Boudreau grabbed the rebound on transition and buried it with 2.5 seconds to make it 3-2 for the Rush after one.

Knighthawks come back to tie the game

Robert Church put the Rush up to two with a power play goal 1:35 into the second quarter.

Rochester replied just over a minute later with Ethan O’Connor scoring on transition. 

Fields would then pick up a loose ball and score with 9:49 on the clock. Only 11 seconds later Thomas McConvey scored off the faceoff to give Rochester a 5-4 lead.

Playing four-on-four, Boudreau scored on transition for the Rush to tie the game 5-5.

With Scigliano on the ground scrambling, Fields scored from the back on the net with 5:22 on the clock as Rochester re-took the lead 6-5.

Smith would then outrun a defender to give Rochester a 7-5 lead.

Clark Walter, with a defender draped all over him, scored with 1:19 to get the Rush within one. Then Church scored in the dying seconds of the first half to tie up the game 7-7.

Rochester inches ahead

The Rush opened the scoring with Mike Triolo on the odd man rush finding the back of the net to put Saskatchewan up 8-7. Walter would then streak down the wing shorthanded with 5:45 on the clock to put the Rush up 9-7.

Rochester battled back. First a bouncer by Smith on the power play made it 9-8 and McConvey scored on the power play with 3:53 left in the third to tie it up 9-9.

The Knighthawks took the lead as Fields finished off a three-goal run. With 2:31 on the clock, Fields’ shot hit a defender and went passed Scigliano to make it 10-9.

Patrick Dodds would find Manns at the side of the net less than a minute later to tie up the game. But Lanchbury scored with the extra attacker on the floor with 2.8 seconds to give Rochester an 11-10 lead heading into the fourth.

Late mistake costs the Rush

The Rush bounced back 1:24 into the fourth quarter with Mike Messenger staying on the floor to play offense and scoring to make it 11-11.

Only 20 seconds later, Austin Hasen found the back of the net to put Rochester back up by one.

Goals from Dodds and Manns nine seconds apart 2:59 into the fourth quarter would pull the Rush ahead 13-12.

McConvey, with time and space, put one by Scigliano at 4:05 as the game was once again tied, this time at 13-13.

Saskatchewan retook the lead when Church found captain Ryan Keenan for the quick-stick power-play goal with just over five minutes to play.

The wheels would then fall off for the Rush. Smith scored with 4:11 on the clock, crashing to the net. Kidd III took a swing at a Knighthawks player after the whistle and was called for a deadball foul, putting Rochester on the power play.

It proved costly, as Waters scored the power play marker with 2:30 minutes left to play, which held up as the game-winner.

Saskatchewan pulled Scigliano late in the game for the extra attacker. However, Mitch Ogilvie scored on the empty net with 36 seconds left to end a shoot-out 16-14.

Top Scorers

Rochester Knighthawks

Connor Fields, 4g 7a

Ryan Smith, 3g 3a

Thomas McConvey, 3g 1a

Ryan Lanchbury, 2g 2a

Saskatchewan Rush

Zach Manns, 3g 3a

Robert Church, 2g 3a

Jake Boudreau, 2g 2a

Below is Rush head coach Jimmy Quinlan’s comments after the game:

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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.

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