February 26, 2011

Accursi Brings Rochester Offense to Life

from press release

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Rochester Knighthawks' offense came alive in front of more than 5,000 fans in a 13-9 winning effort over the Edmonton Rush tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. Rochester, whose win was pivotal after coming off two losses in two days to the first-place Toronto Rock, snapped an all-time 0-2 record against the Rush. Rochester also improves to 5-4 in the East Division, while the Rush drop to 2-7 in the West. The K-hawks are now currently in a tie for fourth place with the Philadelphia Wings.

Most valuable player of the game, Mike Accursi (4g, 1a), led Rochester's offense from start to finish, scoring goals in the first three quarters and adding an assist late in the fourth. His five points puts him at a 22-total for the season.

Shawn Evans (3g, 2a), whose 40 points lead the team, also added five of his own in the game. Forward Shawn Williams (1g, 1a) also inches closer to the franchise's all-time assist record, after adding an assist in the first goal of the night. Williams also had a goal late in the fourth.

The tremendous offensive effort was also backed behind goaltender Matt Vinc, who stopped 38 of the Rush's 47 shots, earning him his fifth win of the season.

Former Knighthawk forward Scott Evans (4g, 1a), who made his return to The Blue Cross Arena since being dealt to the Rush earlier this season, kept Edmonton in the game by chipping in four goals and one assist in the loss, while defenseman Brett Mydske (2+1) was also a factor with three points.

Netminder Matt Disher managed to save 26 of Rochester's 39 shots, which drops his record to 2-6 in the losing effort.

Edmonton started the "rush" with a quick strike by forward Ryan Ward 54 seconds into the contest to make it 1-0 Edmonton. The Rush then added two more tallies onto the board. The first came from Mydske for his fourth goal of the season. Brodie Merrill also added the assist on the play. The next came from Scott Evans at 7:22, making the score 3-0.

The Knighthawks would then answer back with their own trio of goals to even things out at three. Less than 30 seconds after the Rush's goal, Rochester's Accursi added the first goal of the night for the team at 7:44. Williams earned the helper on the play.

Evans would then get two more past Disher in a matter of seconds to make the score 3-3. The first came at 12:14 on the power-play after Edmonton's Tyler Codron was put in the box for a slashing penalty. Evans faked a pass across the crease and fired the shot past Disher. Evans added his second goal at 12:39 to tie the score at three. On the score, Craig Point picked up his second point of the night with the assist, while Jarrett Davis added his third assist of the season.

Edmonton would end the scoring in the first quarter though and take the 4-3 edge after Merrill and former Knighthawk Bill Greer helped Mydske find the net for the second time at 12:48.

Rochester opened up the scoring in the second quarter, shorthanded, as transition man Chris Driscoll slipped the ball passed the five-hole of Disher on the breakaway, again tying the game at 4-4, two and a half minutes into the second frame.

Then, after nearly five minutes of scoreless play, the Knighthawks attacked again and added three more tallies to the board, extending their lead to 7-4. The first came from Accursi, scoring his second goal on the night and again finding help from Point, and for the first time, Jordan Hall. Only a little more than 20 seconds later, Cody Jamieson added his 14th goal of the season and first of the night at 7:41. The last of the bunch came at 10:10 from Evans, whose third goal of the night ties Jamieson for a team-leading 14 goals on the season.

The Rush were finally able to answer the Knighthawks back after going more than 10 minutes without any offensive action. Helping Edmonton out was again Scott Evans, who scored the next two goals for the Rush. His 11th goal of the season came at 10:34 on the power-play as he took advantage of the cross-checking call on Rochester's Troy Bonterre, making the score a much more reasonable 7-5.

Rochester wouldn't let the Rush gain any momentum though, and added another at 12:29. Defenseman Tyler Burton scored his first professional goal to take back a three-goal lead. Chris Schiller also contributed an assist on the goal, which made the score 8-5.

Evans' 12th goal of the season for Edmonton then came just a minute later to put the Rush back within two. Mydske picked up his third point of the night with his second assist of the season.

The Knighthawks continued to chip away at the Rush's chances of tying things up as Point, who assisted in three earlier goals, finally added his own goal, closing the half. The 9-6 lead also was in part due to assists from Evans and Hall, who were both multi-point contributors in the contest.

Rochester then started off the third quarter where it left off, by adding another trio of tallies and taking a commanding 11-6 lead over the Rush. Point picked up the first, while Accursi added the next two, which were spaced out throughout the quarter.

Edmonton continued to remain silent and were unable to add any points to the board in the third quarter.

After more than 20 minutes of scoreless lacrosse by the Rush, Dean Hill's first goal of the night made the score 11-7 at 3:06 of the first quarter. Defenseman Bruce Murray also added an assist. Edmonton would then add another six minutes later to put the Rush back within three. Corey Small was credited with the goal.

Upon a pass from Accursi, Williams ripped the K-hawks' first goal of the fourth quarter past Disher to again put Rochester on a four-goal advantage. Then, seconds later, Rochester jumped to a 13-8 lead. Davis added the goal with help from Point and Joel McCready at 12:11.

Evans would not let the Rush end the night without one last goal. His fourth of the night and team-leading 13th goal of the season came at 13:35, in what would eventually become a 13-9 final.


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