The Rochester Knighthawks earned their first win of the season on Saturday after squeaking out a 7-6 victory against the Washington Stealth. It was a good win for the Knighthawks who have started the season out in less than stellar fashion.
Rochester once again ran into offensive struggles and ultimately the game turned into a defensive showdown. It didn't help that Rochester had some goals called back, including one from Johnny Powless that the refs claimed didn't count because the shot clock had expired (despite the fact the clock reset after a shot on goal).
Goaltender Matt Vinc was named the game MVP with 42 saves on 48 shots. Cory Vitarelli led the Knighthawks with three points (1G + 2A). Dan Dawson also had three points (all assists). Cody Jamieson led the team in scoring with a pair of goals. He's now tied with Vitarelli for most goals on the team with seven this season.
Craig Point was scratched from the lineup in favor of Mike Accursi. Accursi had some really good looks and hopefully remains in the starting lineup. He had one goal on seven shots.
Despite taking 14 shots (the most on the team), Casey Powell was held without a point. That makes two games in a row without a goal for Powell.
Rochester improves their record to 1-3 but remain in last place in the East. They have a tough schedule ahead with play back-to-back road games this weekend, first in Philadelphia and then in Buffalo. If the Knighthawks are going to keep winning, they need to start scoring more goals. Rochester currently has the worst ranked offense in the league, averaging just 9.75 goals per game.