Stephen Keogh has been on a roll lately, and he only got hotter last night. Keogh had 7 goals in his previous two games and last night he went off for 5 more as the Rochester Knighthawks downed the Colorado Mammoth 11-9 to move into a first-place tie with Buffalo in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division. Keogh opened the scoring just 22 seconds into the game, had a hat trick in the first period and scored all 5 of his goals by halftime as Rochester took a 7-2 lead into the break that was just too much for the Mammoth to overcome, though Colorado gave it a game effort in the second half.
Colorado scored a trio of power play goals among their seven second-half markers, but Rochester managed to score enough to hold on for the win to move to 6-3 on the season while dropping the Mammoth to 4-7. The Dawson brothers had a big offensive night for Rochester as well. Dan Daws0n scored once and added 4 assists while defender Paul Dawson had a pair of goals and an assist. Drew Westervelt had 3 goals and an assist for Colorado. Casey Powell chipped in with 2 goals and 3 assists.
The Calgary Roughnecks also improved to 6-3 by thumping the Toronto Rock 19-13. As you’d expect in such a high-scoring game, plenty of players had big nights, but the biggest of them all was had by Curtis Dickson, who scored 6 goals and added 4 assists for the Riggers, including the first goal just eight seconds after the opening faceoff and 4 goals by the end of the first quarter. Calgary led 7-0 after that first frame and put up another 7 goals in the second quarter to hold a commanding 14-6 lead heading into the intermission.
Dane Dobbie added 4 goals and 2 assists for Calgary, while Shawn Evans and Jeff Shattler each scored once and tallied 7 assists. Calgary solidified its hold on second place in the West Division with the win, but still sits 2.5 games behind the perfect Edmonton Rush, who had edged the Rock 11-10 the night before. Stephan Leblanc was Toronto’s top marksman with 5 goals and added a pair of assists. Garrett Billings and Kasey Beirnes each had 2 goals and 4 assists in the losing effort for Toronto. The Rock outshot the Roughnecks 61-50, but Mike Poulin made 48 saves to help Calgary earn the win.
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