Rochester Lancers (15) vs. Syracuse Silver Knights (16)
Friday, November 4, 2011 - 7:30 pm
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(Syracuse, NY)… The Rochester Lancers traveled down the New York State thruway on Friday night as they made their inaugural debut against the Syracuse Silver Knights. The Lancers led heading into the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on as they fell to the Silver Knights 16-15 at the Oncenter in Syrcause.
The Lancers got off to a rocky start, surrendering the first two goals of the game and falling behind 8-2 after the first stanza. Andriy Budnyy scored just 16 seconds into the match to give Syracuse a 2-0 lead. Budniyy’s goal was followed by a Ryan Hall goal, making it 4-0 before Nelson Becerra cut the deficit in half. Syracuse responded with a power play goal by Slavisa Ubiparapovic and the second of the game by Budnyy to close out the quarter.
The Lancers rebounded in the second frame outscoring the Silver Knights 7-0 to take a 9-8 halftime lead. Serbian native Lubo Kocic provided all the offense in a four minute span, which included a three-point tally from outside the 45 foot arc. Kocic led all Rochester players with three goals and seven points.
The two teams traded goals to start the third quarter beginning with Syracuse’s Alex Megson who converted a penalty kick to put the Silver Knights back in front 10-9. Rochester’s Doug Miller answered with his first goal of the season to make the score 11-10. Diego Barrera scored for Syracuse, before Rochester’s Gary Boughton and Mauricio Salles closed out the third to take a 15-12 advantage into the final fifteen minutes of play. Salles made a nifty play to turn and rip a low shot past Syracuse netminder Eric Reed for his first goal.
Syracuse cut the Rochester lead to one point to open the fourth quarter. Diego Serna converted the second penalty kick of the game for Syracuse bringing them to within one at 15-14. The Lancers tried to hold on late but a surging Silver Knight squad managed to take the lead for good. On the power play and with Reed pulled in favor of an extra-attacker, Syracuse’s Jeffrey Hughes notched the game-winner with only 39 seconds to play.
“I’m extremely proud of the guys and the way they played” said Lancers Head Coach Billy Andracki. “We fell behind early but we battled back and I thought we were the better team tonight. We made a few mistakes that they capitalized on but we’ll work on that. Overall I am proud of how the guys played tonight.”
Rochester will return home on Saturday, November 12 when they host the Missouri Comets at the Blue Cross Arena, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
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