According to the National Lacrosse League website, the Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Calgary Roughnecks to win the 2014 Champion's Cup on Saturday night in Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena. With the victory, the Knighthawks have now won five Champion's Cup titles in their franchise history, including the last three Champion's Cups.
After the Roughnecks won 10-7 a week ago at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, all the Roughnecks needed to do was either beat Rochester in game two of the series or the ten minute mini-game immediately afterwards. They failed to do so.
The Knighthawks defeated the Roughnecks 16-10 in game two of the series and then 3-2 in the mini-game. After the Knighthawks found a way to even the series, they delivered in dramatic come from behind fashion in the mini-game. The Knighthawks scored three times in the final 2:14 to beat Calgary. Craig Point scored twice and Joe Walters scored once.
Walters, from Irondequoit, New York, notched three points in the mini-game. In addition to his game tying goal in the mini-game, he recorded two primary assists on the mini-game goals by Point.
Dan Dawson was named the mini-game most valuable player. Dawson registered an assist on Point's game winning goal with 59 seconds remaining in the contest. Point meanwhile was named the Champion's Cup most valuable player.
In the Knighthawks' five Champion's Cups in franchise history, they have defeated five different teams. The Buffalo Bandits, Arizona Sting, Edmonton Rush, Calgary Roughnecks and Washington Stealth have all lost to Rochester in the Champion's Cup final.
In game two of the series meanwhile, Dawson led the Knighthawks with four assists and seven points. Dawson, Cody Jamieson of Six Nations, Ontario and Stephen Keogh of Toronto, Ontario all registered hat tricks. Game two was actually very tight after the first three quarters. The Knighthawks led 10-9 after 45 minutes. However in the fourth quarter, the Knighthawks outscored the Roughnecks 6-1.