Sunday, February 27, 2011

Knighthawks defeat Edmonton 13-9

By Alex Hinkley

Rochester beat the Edmonton Rush last night by a score of 13-9. The Hawks improve to 5-4 on the season but remain in fourth place in the Eastern Division. The Rush drop to a 2-7 record with the loss. Surprisingly, they remain in fourth as well in the West.

Things started to look bleak early on as the Knighthawks were down three to nothing in the first quarter. "No Mercy" Mike Accursi put the Knighthawks on the board with his first goal (of four on the night) and Shawn Evans scored a pair to tie the game. Before they could even announce the goal at the arena, defenseman Brett Mydsk scored a quick one off the face-off and Edmonton immediately took the lead back.

The Hawks started the second quarter shorthanded but that didn't stop Chris Driscoll from intercepting a pass and subsequently beating Disher on a breakaway. The shortie was like a dagger to the heart of the Rush as their offense remained silent for nearly the next ten minutes. The Knighthawks, on the other hand, took the lead with goals from Accursi, Shawn Evans, Jamieson, and Point. Edmonton goaltender Matt Disher looked to be shaken up in net as even Tyler Burton managed to put one past him! He allowed six goals in the second quarter and the score was now 9-6 Knighthawks going into halftime.

Mike Accursi scored the only two goals in the third quarter, his first coming just 38 seconds into it. Matt Vinc held Edmonton without a single goal in the third. The Rush attempted to rally in the fourth but with Matt Vinc playing so well, the lead proved to be too much for them to overcome.

Scott Evans (4 G, 1 A) led the Rush in scoring. It was the first time that Scott and Shawn played on opposite teams against each other in their professional careers and both of them had a great game. The problem was that Edmonton's top guys just didn't do anything. Ryan Ward was held to one goal, which he scored in the opening minute of the game. After that, he was invisible. Gavin Prout had just one assist.

Accursi (4 G, 1 A) won the Player of the Game for his efforts. It was nice to see the "old" Accursi make an appearance as he has been having a somewhat down year this season. Shawn Evans (3 G, 2 A) could have easily won MVP as well. It's hard to say which Evans brother had the better game statistically but considering the Knighthawks won, Shawn can probably safely say it was him. Craig Point (1 G, 4 A) and Jordan Hall (4 A) also had notable performances. Matt Vinc made 44 saves in the win.

The weekend of lacrosse isn't over, however! The NLL All-Star game will be played today at 2:00pm EST. The game will be televised live on VERSUS. TSN2 will air a national broadcast of the game in Canada at 10pm Eastern.

(Originally published on Examiner.com)

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