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Black Wolves vs. Knighthawks Game Preview

New England Black Wolves (1-3) vs. Rochester Knighthawks (2-2)

At Mohegan Sun Arena

Friday, February 3rd, 7:30 p.m.

Live on NLLTV.com

 

Last Game: New England beat the Buffalo Bandits 13-12 at Mohegan Sun Arena on January 28th; Rochester won 9-8 on at Toronto on January 28th.

 

Players to Watch: New England – Shawn Evans (seven goals, 14 assists) leads the Black Wolves in scoring (21 points) through four games. He had three goals and five assists last week. Kevin Crowley (nine goals, 10 assists) leads the Black Wolves in goals scored on the season. He also added three goals and four assists in last week’s win. Pat Saunders (eight goals, seven assists) had two goals and four assists.

 

Rochester – Kyle Jackson leads the Knighthawks in points (17) and assists (13) through four games. He had two goals and an assist at Toronto. Josh Currier (six goals, eight assists) leads the team in goals scored. Currier recorded one goal and two assists in last week’s win. Joe Resetarits is second on the team in both goals scored (five) and assists (nine). Resetarits had three goals and an assist in the win over Toronto.

 

 

Noteworthy:

 

  • Pat Saunders (11 goals, nine assists), Shawn Evans (10 goals, 14 assists), Kevin Crowley (six goals, 17 assists) and Kyle
  • Buchanan (six goals, 11 assists) led the Black Wolves in scoring in four games played against Rochester last year.
  • Dan Dawson (nine goals, 14 assists), Joe Walters (five goals, 10 assists), Stephen Keogh (13 goals, five assists) and Cody Jamieson (six goals, 14 assists) led the Knighthawks in scoring in four games against New England in 2016.
  • Crowley set career highs in both assists (nine) and points (10) last season in a 16-13 win over Rochester on March 25, 2016.
  • Shawn Evans needs nine assists to reach 600 for his career, and surpassed 1500 career shots on goal last week against Buffalo.
  • Kevin Crowley recorded his 27th career regular season hat trick last week against Buffalo.
  • Kyle Jackson dished out a career high nine assists against New England in the first meeting between the teams on January 7th.
  • In his first year in the NLL, Josh Currier has scored at least one goal in each of Rochester’s first four games.
  • Joe Resetarits recorded his fifth career regular season hat trick last week against Toronto. 
  • Evan Kirk is ranked third in NLL in saves (152) and second in goalie minutes played (225:52).
  • Rochester’s Matt Vinc is ranked third in NLL in save percentage (.790).
  • Kyle Jackson is leading all rookies in the NLL in points (17), assists (13),  power play goals (3) and power play assists (6).
  • Josh Currier (six goals, eight assists) ranks second in points for rookies (14) and first in rookie goals scored.
  • New England leads the league in power play goals against with 18, and ranks second in the league in penalty minutes through four games with 123.
  • New England (10) and Rochester (9.25) are the two lowest ranked teams in the league in average goals scored per game.

 

 

New England Black Wolves coach Glenn Clark:

 

What do you have to do differently in the rematch with Rochester after losing the first meeting?

“Obviously the penalty discrepancy was a huge factor in the game. Ten-to-one in power play opportunities, which included three five-minute majors for them. We can’t take that many penalties. They went nine-for-ten on the power play. A lot of that was five-on-three time with five minute majors.  Special teams are always a big part of the game and we need to make sure we are not getting ourselves into that kind of situation again.”

 

Assessing Rochester:

“They’re a solid team. There are not a lot of weaknesses to exploit. They play a pretty complete game. You need to be able to match that and continue to roll out the same effort and systematic play if you are going to have success against them.”

 

Why so many major penalties at this point in the season?

“To be honest, I’ve never really experienced anything like this in all my years of sport as a coach, as a player, anything. The discrepancy in penalties-for and penalties-against, and the number of majors; We’re not doing anything different, we’re not preaching anything different, not coaching anything different, not playing any different. I don’t have an answer. We’ve spent hours talking about it and you just hope the discrepancy is going to even out at some point because I’ve never really experienced anything like this.”

 

Next game: New England is at Georgia on February 11th at 7:05 p.m.