Uncasville – Dan Dawson and Cody Jamieson each scored twice and the Rochester Knighthawks held on for a 10-8 victory over the New England Black Wolves on Sunday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.
It was a disappointing end to what has been a historic regular season for New England, which tied a franchise record with 10 wins while qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2013, when the team was still located in Philadelphia.
The Black Wolves (10-8), who began the weekend with a chance to secure the top seed in the East Division, will enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed, and will host the Georgia Swarm on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Playing without leading scorer Shawn Evans (upper body), the Black Wolves were within 9-8 after Pat Saunders scored his second goal of the night with 5:55 gone in the fourth quarter. But New England could not cash in on some quality chances, and Rochester (7-11) locked up the win when Dylan Evans scored with 1:21 remaining.
Saunders closed the regular season with a pair of goals and one assist. It was the 15th multiple-goal game of the season for Saunders, who finished with new single-season highs for goals (44), assists (32), points (76) and loose balls (76).
Kevin Buchanan secured his first career 60-point season with a goal and two assists. He finished with a career-best 62 points on 24 goals and 38 assists.
Kyle Buchanan added a goal, an assist and six loose balls. He ended the regular season with new career highs for goals (29) and loose balls (99).
Kevin Crowley also completed a career year with a goal and an assist. He finished with 33 goals and personal single-season highs for assists (57) and points (90).
Backup goalie Tye Belanger made a career-high 49 saves in his second start of the year, and rookie Phil Caputo scored his first career goal. Jordan Hall had a goal and a team-high nine loose balls. Brett Bucktooth accounted for the other New England goal.