According to the National Lacrosse League website, the Calgary Roughnecks will host the Rochester Knighthawks in game one of the Champion's Cup at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on May 24. On Saturday, the Knighthawks beat the Buffalo Bandits 13-8 in game two of the series and then beat Buffalo 2-1 in the ten minute mini-game afterwards.
The Knighthawks rebounded after losing 12-8 to the Bandits at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on May 10. Cody Jamieson of Six Nations, Ontario led Rochester with five assists and eight points (and was the co-leader in goals with Johnny Powless) in the 13-8 win. Then Cory Vitarelli of Peterborough, Ontario broke the 1-1 deadlock in overtime of the mini-game to help the Knighthawks advance.
In the deciding mini-game, former Calgary Roughneck forward Joe Resetarits of Hamburg, New York opened the scoring for the Bandits with a goal at the 5:22 mark. Resetarits came to Buffalo from Calgary on September 17, 2013 with the Roughnecks' fifteenth overall pick in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft (Bandits selected Mitch Wilde) for the Bandits' tenth overall pick in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft (Roughnecks selected Karsen Leung) and a second round pick in the 2015 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.
After Resetarits put the Bandits ahead in the mini-game, the Knighthawks rebounded with a goal by transition player Joel McCready of St. Catharines, Ontario. McCready's goal came with 2:22 left in the mini-game regulation.
This is the third straight year the Knighthawks have advanced to the Champion's Cup Final. They defeated the Edmonton Rush 9-6 in 2012 and then the Washington Stealth 11-10 in 2013 in Langley, British Columbia. The Knighthawks have won the Champion's Cup once before in 2007 over the Arizona Sting. The Knighthawks will then host game two of the series on May 31 and then the ten minute mini-game afterwards at the Blue Cross Arena.