Rochester Suffers Sixth Straight Loss

The Rochester Knighthawks suffered their sixth straight loss Saturday night, 12-8 to the Las Vegas Desert Dogs at Blue Cross Arena. The Desert Dogs broke an 8-8 tie in the fourth quarter with a four-goal run, and Landon Kells stood tall, making 47 saves and shutting out Rochester in the final frame. After opening the season 3-0, the Knighthawks are now 3-6 and in 14th place in the Unified Standings. Things don’t get any easier for Rochester, as they travel to Panther City next week, followed by a home-and-home series with Albany.

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Rochester clings to narrow lead after first half

Casey Jackson opened the scoring giving Las Vegas a 1-0 lead. The Knighthawks responded with a three-goal run, courtesy of Thomas McConvey, Connor Fields, and Dan Lomas. Charlie Bertrand and Jack Hannah broke the run and tied the game 3-3 after one quarter of play. The teams would trade goals some more in the second quarter. Rob Hellyer and Sean Westley scored for the Desert Dogs. Rochester got a marker from Kyle Waters and two from Ryan Smith to take a 6-5 lead entering halftime.

Kells, Vegas shut out Rochester in final frame

Fields scored a power play goal to extend the lead to 7-5. But Dylan Watson then went back-to-back to tie the game for Las Vegas. Fields scored his hat trick goal before Hellyer’s second made it 8-8 entering the fourth quarter. It was all Desert Dogs after that. Hellyer, Hannah, and two from Casey Jackson made it 12-8 in favor of Las Vegas. On the back end, Kells shut the door as the Knighthawks were unable to find the back of the net for the last 19:16 of the game.

Other Stats of Note

Desert Dogs: Hellyer (3g, 3a); Jackson (3g, 2a); Hannah (2g, 3a); Watson (2g, 1a); Zack Greer (5a)

Knighthawks: Fields (3g, 3a); Smith (2g, 4a); McConvey (1g, 1a); Waters (1g, 1a); Lomas (1g, 1a)

Rochester went 16 of 24 at the faceoff dot. They also won the loose ball battle 84-67 and went 1 for 2 on the power play

Las Vegas has a rather difficult remaining schedule as well. Two games against Vancouver and a matchup with Colorado are tempered by a second meeting with San Diego, and games against Buffalo, Toronto, Georgia, and New York.

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.