January 22, 2011

Blazers Suffer Second OT Loss in 24 Hours

by Patrick Clark O'Brien | NLL.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Blazers lost in overtime for a second consecutive night, this time to the Rochester Knighthawks by a score of 11-10 in front of 10,422 fans at TD Garden on Saturday night.

The Blazers almost won it in regulation, but Knighthawks rookie phenom Cody Jamieson scored with 6 seconds remaining to tie the game at 10. The game ended with the Blazers losing as Shawn Evans put the ball in the net for the Knighthawks winner 48 seconds into overtime.

"They were two tough loses, we try to focus on the positive and there were a lot of good things that happened this weekend" said Head Coach Matt Sawyer of the Blazers. "Its unacceptable to give up that kind of lead and lose that game, late."

The Knighthawks dominated the first quarter with a 3-0 lead. Mike Accursi scored the first goal off a rebound 8:03 into the quarter. Jamieson's first goal of the night was overshadowed by a potentially season-ending injury to Boston defenseman John Orsen.

"Orsen tore his Achilles and it's a tough loss," said teammate Casey Powell. "He's the hardest working guy in the league, he is a warrior and he will be missed by our team for the season."

"It's unfortunate, I've only been around John a couple weeks but he's somebody that you enjoy to be around" said Sawyer. "You don't like to see any of your players pick up an injury, we were trying to pull that one out for John... if there's anybody who can bounce back off of that, it's John Orsen."

Boston heated up the Garden in the second quarter with five goals, three for Powell and two for Sanderson.

"This is a game of bounces and those are bounces. One went our way and one did not go our way," said Sawyer.

Anthony Cosmo looked sharp in the first half, stopping 13 of the 18 shots on goal. Pat McCready and Jamieson put two points on the board for Rochester in the quarter. The Blazers and the Knighthawks were tied at 5-5 going into the half.

"It was a good game all around," said Head Coach Mike Hasen of the Knighthawks. "In this league, eighty percent of the time the team playing the back game usually wins. We got up and they came flying back."

"I don't know if there is ever an advantage playing Casey Powell, he is one of the best lacrosse players in the world. He is a great shooter and gets to the net whenever he wants." said Knighthawks Goalie Matt Vinc. "I thought, for our team, it was definitely a big win, coming from behind...We let them capitalize on to many chances though."

The Blazers led 7-6 going into the fourth quarter, but the Knighhawks weren't flying away anytime soon. Powell fed Sanderson for a three-goal lead, but Rochester came back.

"I'm really down in the dumps right now. It was a very tough weekend, losing two in overtime. We let this one get away," said Powell. "We should have won the game, the game started slow, we fought back. We had a comfortable lead with a couple minutes to play. I can't believe we lost."

The Blazers were led by Casey Powell (4g, 3a), Josh Sanderson (4g, 2a), Kevin Buchanan (1g, 3a) and Dan Dawson (0g, 6a). Leading the way for the Knighthawks were Shawn Evans (3g, 1a), Cody Jamieson (3g, 0a), and Shawn Williams (2g, 5a).

The Blazers (2-2) have another busy weekend ahead of them when they host the Philadelphia Wings (1-2) at TD Garden on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7:30pm ET. The Knighthawks (2-1) and the Blazers return to battle at the Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7:35pm ET.

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