HALIFAX — Clarke Petterson and Stephen Keogh each had three goals and two assists in the Halifax Thunderbirds' 14-12 victory over the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday in the National Lacrosse League.

It marked the first goals and first career hat trick of Petterson's career.

Ryan Benesch led Halifax (2-0) in scoring with two goals and four assists. Benesch's second goal of the game was his 1,014th career point, helping him move past Mark Steenhuis for ninth on the NLL's all-time scoring list.

Thunderbirds captain Cody Jamieson also had a pair of goals and four helpers, while Graeme Hossack recorded two goals.

Shawn Evans and Holden Cattoni both led Rochester (0-2) in scoring with two goals and three assists.

Curtis Knight, Cory Highfield and Dan Lintner also each scored twice for the Knighthawks.

Warren Hill made 32 saves for Halifax. Steve Fryer turned aside 30-of-44 shots in defeat.

The Thunderbirds converted on 2-of-4 power plays, while Rochester failed to score on their four opportunities with the man advantage.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 21, 2019.