Minnesota Tops Rochester in Thrilling Exhibition, 16-15
from Press Release
|Full game video via The Lacrosse Network on YouTube|
(December 7, 2013)... For a preseason game, tonight's National Lacrosse League game at The Blue Cross Arena had all the drama of a playoff game. In a rematch of the 2013 East Division Finals, the Minnesota Swarm avenged their playoff loss to Rochester by downing the Knighthawks 16-15.
A crowd of over 10,000 watched Johnny Powless tie the game with 11 seconds to play, only to have rookie Scott Jones score the game-winner with two seconds left in the contest. The game was the first of the preseason for Rochester, but the second for the Swarm, who are now 2-0.
For Rochester, Craig Point led the way with six goals and three assists, while Cory Vitarelli had two goals and three assists. Powless also posted three goals and two assists, and Dan Dawson scored once and registered five assists. Matt Vinc started the game and played the first half, helping Rochester take a 5-4 lead into halftime. Brandon Styres played the third and Ian Duffy played the final quarter.
Minnesota received four goals and one assist from Jordan MacIntosh, while rookie Logan Schuss recorded four goals and one assist. Kiel Matisz also chipped in three goals and one assist. Tyler Higgins went the distance in goal and made 31 saves to earn the victory.
The back-to-back champs built a 13-9 lead six minutes into the fourth quarter as they scored seven straight goals. Point had three of his team-high six goals during the stretch. Minnesota fought back with two goals from Matisz and one from Josh Gillam to cut the deficit to one. After a goal by Powless made it 14-12, Jones (three goals) made it 14-13 and sparked a 3-0 run. Schuss scored back-to-back goals with his final marker with just 48 seconds left to give the Swarm a 15-14 lead.
But Rochester was not done, as Dylan Evans won the faceoff, drove the net and drew a penalty. On the ensuing power play, Powless beat Higgins over his right shoulder to tie the game. That set the stage for the final possession. Jones held the ball and then ripped a long shot from just inside the restraining line for the winning goal.
The Knighthawks will travel to Oakville to play the Toronto Rock on Saturday, December 14th. Rochester will battle its East Division foes at 7:00 p.m. at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC). Rochester will close out the preseason with an 11:00 a.m. scrimmage against Calgary on Sunday, December 15th at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA).