The Riggers jumped out to a five-goal halftime lead but an eight-goal run in the second-half gave the Rochester Knighthawks a 14-13 win.

The first five minutes saw just five shots and no goals before Rochester opened the scoring.

Haiden Dickson got the Riggers first of the year to even the score 1-1.

Tyler Pace put home a behind-the-back beauty to give the Riggers their first lead, 2-1.

The Roughnecks continued their run as Dan Taylor found the back of the net with a low shot to make it 3-1.

Shane Simpson scored the ‘Necks first transition goal of the season extending the run to four.

The Knighthawks got back within two making it 4-2 before Harrison Matsuoka scored to regain the three goal lead with just over five-minutes to play in the first quarter.

The Riggers added one just before the end of the quarter as Jesse King potted his first of the season to make it 6-3 after one.

Thomas Hoggarth scored his first as a Roughneck against his former team early in the second-quarter to make the score 7-3 and Pace added his second of the night to push the Riggers lead to five, 8-3.

The Knighthawks were able to get their first of the quarter with 6:33 to go until halftime, the score was 8-4.

They would add another on a breakaway to make the score 8-5.

Tanner Cook scored his first of the season with a dunk from behind the net to slow the Knighthawks momentum and then Dickson scored his second of the night off a turnover to get the Roughnecks to double digits 10-5 at the half.

Rochester scored the first goal of the second-half during some four-on-four action, the score was 10-6.

The Knighthawks would pick up a shorthanded goal with just under five-minutes gone in the third to make the score 10-7.

Then, they would add two powerplay goals to make the score 10-9 with under two minutes left in the quarter.

They would tie the game 10-10 going into the final frame.

The Knighthawks took the lead early in the fourth-quarter, their first since 1-0.

They would extend their run to seven making the score 12-10.

Rochester continued their run in transition to make it 13-10.

Pace picked up his hat-trick goal on the powerplay to end the run by the Knighthawks. The score was 13-11 with just over nine-minutes to play.

Josh Currier grabbed his first of the night on a dunk to get the Riggers back within one, 13-12.

Rochester restored a two-goal lead with 2:44 remaining, 14-12.

Dickson got his hat-trick goal with 19.5 seconds remaining but were unble to find the equalizer falling 14-13.


The Riggers are in San Diego next Saturday to battle the Seals.


Jesse King: 1g, 6a

Tyler Pace: 3g, 3a

Dan Taylor: 1g, 3a

Tanner Cook: 1g, 3a

Haiden Dickson: 3g

Josh Currier: 1g, 2a

Thomas Hoggarth: 1g, 1a

Harrison Matsuoka: 1g, 1a

Christian Del Bianco: 50 saves





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