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The Georgia Swarm came out firing and they never seemed to take their foot off the pedal, taking down Rochester 14-4 on the road to spoil the expansion Knighthawks opener.
A nifty behind-the-back pass from Shayne Jackson to Miles Thompson at the 3:50 mark in the first got Georgia on the board first. Just a few possessions later, the Jackson fed Thompson once again for another goal. Jordan Hall scored off a feed from Lyle Thompson to put Georgia up 3-0 at the 5:58 mark in the first.
Dan Lintner scored a power play goal off a feed from Shawn Evans to put Rochester on the board and record the first goal in franchise history. From that point on it was all Georgia. The Knighthawks couldn’t get anything to work on either end of the floor. Simply put, the Swam were buzzin’.
Georgia held a 10-1 lead at the half and went up 12-1 before Phil Caputo was able to finally get one past Mike Poulin, getting Rochester back on the board. After a two-goal run from Georgia midway though the fourth, Rochester ended the game on a two-goal that included goals from Dan Michel and Jay Thorimbert to cap off the game on somewhat of a good note.
Lyle Thompson led Georgia with seven points (4G/3A) while Shayne Jackson also had seven points (3G/4A) and Miles Thompson tallied six points (4G/2A). In goal, Mike Poulin made 42 saves off of 46 shots on goal to anchor the Swam defense. Kevin Orleman played the last few minutes of the game.
Dan Lintner, Phil Caputo, Dan Michel, and Jay Thorimbert all scored one goal for Rochester. Shawn Evans and Matt Bennett each dished out one assist. Craig Wende got the start in goal and made 44 saves off of 58 shots on goal.