By Alex Hinkley
The Rochester Knighthawks (6-5) head into Boston tomorrow night to take on the Blazers (6-7) for the third and final time this season. Tomorrow night's game represents the rubber match between these two teams as the series is currently tied at one game apiece.
It is a very important game with playoff implications for both clubs. The Knighthawks could clinch a playoff berth with a win as they would then have tiebreakers over both Philadelphia and Boston. A loss for the Blazers means they would be competing for the last playoff spot in the East. Their poor record comes as a surprise to many fans considering they were early favorites to win the division.
Each of the "Big Three" have had dominating performances against Rochester in both of the previous meetings this season with a combined for 40 points between them. While Boston won the last game against Rochester by a score of 16-7, the Knighthawks did win last time the two played in Boston (albeit in overtime).
One thing that will be working in favor of the Knighthawks is Anthony Cosmo's shaky play. Although Cosmo has the lowest GAA in the NLL and has posted solid save percentage and goals against average statistics in the last two games against Colorado and Washington, he hasn't looked like himself. Cosmo has allowed goals on outside shots in key situations and hasn't won a game since February. He was even chased from net two weeks ago against Buffalo after allowing 6 goals on just 17 shots. The Blazers as a whole are on a four-game losing streak.
The K-Hawks have also made some additions to their lineup since playing Boston last. Scott Ditzell has been back in the lineup on defense and may help to contain Sanders, Powell, or Dawson. Cory Vitarelli had 2 goals and 1 assist in his NLL debut against the Wings last week and he could prove to be a difference maker tomorrow as well.
The ball drops tomorrow night at 7:30pm EDT. Can't make it to the game? Watch it on the Knighthawks livestream page.
(Originally posted on Examiner.com)