Rochester has not beaten Boston in three regular-season games, and the Knighthawks’ only victory over the Blazers was a 10-8 playoff triumph at the War Memorial in 1995.
“Boston has rubbed it in our faces,” Dietrich said. “If you can’t come prepared to play this game, you shouldn’t come to the game.”
The Blazers are probably the most physical team in the league, and that has been one of the keys to their success against Rochester.
Coach Ron Fraser likes to match up lines, and he tries to get his best defenders (Paul Talmo, Rodney Tapp, Dave Donovan, Tbm Donnellan and Todd Francis) on the field whenever the opposition gains possession.
With Paul Gait and Duane Jacobs playing on separate lines in previous games against Boston, Fraser has been able to double-team them whenever they’ve been on the field. Tb counter that strategy, Powless will play Gait, Jacobs and Chris Driscoll — his three highest scorers — on the same line tonight, hoping to limit the double teams.
“In the last few games with Boston, they’ve keyed on Jacobs and Gait, so with both of them on the floor, and with Driscoll on the other side, I think they’ll have a tough time containing all three of them,” said Powless.