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The Halifax Thunderbirds return to National Lacrosse League action on Saturday against the expansion Rochester Knighthawks in what has the makings of an instant rivalry.
Many of the Halifax players were members of the Rochester Knighthawks before the team relocated to Nova Scotia this season and rebranded as the Thunderbirds
The teams will play each other three times this season.
The Thunderbirds, with 13 former Knighthawks, made an amazing debut on Dec. 7 with a 12-4 win over the New York Riptide. Rochester wasn’t as successful in its opener, a 14-4 loss to the Georgia Swarm.
Jake Withers scored Halifax’s first goal just 10 seconds into the game and the team displayed an explosive offence throughout the game.
Austin Shanks and Stephen Keogh each scored twice and veteran Cody Jamieson contributed three assists.
Graeme Hossack, a two-time defensive player of the year, led a sound Thunderbirds’ defence that stymied the Riptide in the opener. Goalie Warren Hill was named the NLL’s first player of the week with 40 saves in the win over New York.
Hossack said the team must continue to build on its opening game success.
“We have to continue to work hard and grow as a team,” said Hossack on the Thunderbirds’ website.
“We are a young group that’s going to keep learning. As long as we are pushing ourselves, we will keep getting better.”
Saturday’s game is 7 p.m. at Scotiabank Centre.
Halifax Thunderbirds' Austin Shanks scores on New York Riptide goalie Alex Buque during their National Lacrosse League game on Dec. 7.