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The Albany FireWolves (4-4) were defeated by the Rochester Knighthawks (3-5), 15-13, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York on Saturday night.  Rochester jumped out to an early 6-2 advantage and never gave up the lead in the game.  Full statistics from game one can be found here.

ALBANY 2 4 0 7 13
ROCHESTER 6 1 2 6 15

On offense, Joe Resetarits (4 goals, 4 assists) and Ryan Benesch (3 goals, 5 assists) led the way for the FireWolves with 8 total points each in the contest.  Resetarits’ 45 points on 20 goals and 25 assists all lead the team with Ryan Benesch number two in each category with 40 points on 16 goals and 24 assists on the season.  Resetarits also ranked fifth in the league with his 20 goals.  Andrew Kew returned to action on Saturday and added 5 points on 2 goals and 3 assists.  Kew currently sits third on the team with 24 total points and 12 goals.  Jacob Ruest logged 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists on the night.  Reilly O’Connor added 3 points of his own on 1 goal and 2 assists.  Tony Malcom and Tanner Thomson each had 2 assists in the game.  Jackson Nishimura, Nick Chaykowsky, and Mike Byrne each recorded 1 point in the loss.

Goaltender Doug Jamieson allowed 13 goals in the game.  The goalie also recorded 30 saves, bringing his total to 290 on the year, third in the league.  His overall save percentage on the season is .780.

The FireWolves absolutely dominated faceoffs on the night, going 26-32 as a team.  Per usual, Joe Nardella had his way, going 25 for 30.  On the season, Nardella has won the second most total faceoffs in the league, going 139 of 192 thus far.  His 72.4 faceoff percentage ranks first in the league among those who have taken more than one faceoff.

Defensively, Nishimura led the Wolves with 12 loose ball recoveries and 1 caused turnover.  Malcom, Chaykowsky, and Byrne each scooped up 8 loose balls on the night.  Malcom also added 1 blocked shot and 1 caused turnover to his line.  Greg Downing recorded 7 loose balls, 1 blocked shot, and 1 caused turnover.  Nardella added 6 loose ball recoveries and 1 caused turnover in the contest.  Nardella’s 62 loose ball recoveries on the season lead all FireWolves players.

Albany was a perfect 3 for 3 on power plays, getting 2 goals from Resetarits and 1 from Benesch.  Conversely, Rochester was 1 of 2 on power play tries in the contest.

The FireWolves have another back-to-back set of games next weekend.  The first game is against the Buffalo Bandits on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.  Game two of the weekend will be on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Albany against the Toronto Rock.

Fans can secure their tickets for the next FireWolves home game now!  For more information regarding tickets, visit or call/text the FireWolves front office at 518-362-4900.

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About Albany FireWolves

The Albany FireWolves is the Capital Region’s very own Professional Box Lacrosse team, playing in the National Lacrosse League out of the MVP Arena in downtown Albany, NY. For more information, contact the Albany FireWolves Front Office at (518) 362-4900 or visit Follow the team on Facebook at, Twitter @AlbFireWolves, and Instagram @AlbFireWolves.

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The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas NLL, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.

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MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, the Albany Empire of the National Arena League and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit

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