Preview: New England Black Wolves at Rochester Knighthawks


New England Black Wolves (2-1) At Rochester Knighthawks (2-1)
At Blue Cross Arena
Saturday, January 13th, 7:30 p.m. ET
Live on NLLTV.com
 
Last Game: The New England Black Wolves won 13-9 at home over the Vancouver Stealth on Friday, December 29th. The Rochester Knighthawks fell 14-11 to the Georgia Swarm at Infinite Energy Arena on Saturday, December 30th. 
 
Players to Watch: New England – Shawn Evans (two goals, two assists), Reilly O’Connor (two goals, two assists), Kevin Crowley (two goals, one assist) and Kyle Buchanan (three goals) led the Black Wolves in the win over the Stealth.
 
Rochester – Joe Resetarits (three goals, two assists), Cory Vitarelli (three goals, one assist) and Kyle Jackson (two goals, one assist) led the Knighthawks in scoring in the loss to Georgia.
 
Noteworthy:
New England held a 2-2 record against Rochester last season, where three out of four games were decided by two goals or less.
Seth Oakes recorded his first career hat trick in a 15-13 loss to Rochester on April 22, 2017.
Joel Coyle collected a career-high 10 loose balls last season in a 12-11 win over the Knighthawks on March 17th. 
Shawn Evans is currently tied for sixth in the NLL in assists (13) and tied for eighth in points (20).
Kevin Crowley is tied for fifth in the league in goals (9). He has now scored in 22 consecutive games for the Black Wolves.
Jay Thorimbert leads the NLL in face-off wins (57).
Colton Watkinson scored his first career goal against the Stealth.
Reilly O’Connor is five points shy of 100 career points. He recorded his eighth career multi-goal game in the win over Vancouver (12/29).
Through three games, Matt Vinc is second amongst NLL goalies in save percentage (.813) and fourth in saves (135). 
Joe Resetarits has posted multiple goals in every game this season for Rochester. He currently ranks 10th in the league in points (19).
 
New England Black Wolves coach Glenn Clark
Opening Statement
“We practiced last night. I think the timing of our bye week was good. Christmas and the New Year is always a tough time to play, guys have a lot going on. They’re traveling all over with family and everything and we had a couple of guys banged up, so I think the bye week came at a pretty good time for us. We had a really good run-through last night, guys that were ailing are feeling better and we’re ready to go.”
 
How much has the return of Cody Jamieson helped Rochester?
“I always say we’re in a results-based business, and Rochester’s results are always better when he’s there. He’s obviously a world-class talent, he’s been one of the best players in the league since he’s arrived. When you insert a talent like that into any lineup, one; he’s dangerous, and two; he obviously makes everyone else dangerous because you have to key in on more players and specifically on him. He makes Dan Dawson better, he makes Joe Resetarits better, and you can go down the list. He has a big impact on their successes. If you look at the record with him in the lineup versus out of the lineup, it’s pretty dramatic, so he certainly has a big impact on how they roll from an offensive standpoint.”
 
What do you have to do right against Rochester this weekend?
“Their offense is pretty dynamic and is playing very well, so obviously, we have to be smart and systematic defensively. They present different challenges on different sides of the floor, so we have some specifics we want to pay attention to defensively. Their defense with Matt Vinc is probably one of the strongest units in the league. I guess the biggest thing we’re looking for is more activity from our offense. We’ve had a problem with the ball staying in one stick, too much one-on-one competition in a five-man unit. When you do that, it allows the defense to sag in, kind of relax and double. We need to be more active, more dynamic with the ball. There’s a lot more specifics but in general, that’s what we need to get better at.”
 
Next Game: The New England Black Wolves return home to host the Rochester Knighthawks at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, January 21st at 2:00 p.m. ET. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit blackwolves.com.