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Tonight Albany saw their undefeated home streak come to an end with a tragic one goal loss to the visiting Rochester Knighthawks. A win capped with a Cory Bomberry power play goal with 51 seconds left on the clock to push the Knighthawks past the Attack 12-11 in front of 4,632 at the Pepsi Arena.

Tonight's player spotlight features Albany's Dan Teat. Last season Teat played for the Rochester Knighthawks and was left unprotected in this years expansion draft. He was collected by the expansion Columbus Knighthawks and then acquired by the Albany Attack prior to the start of the season. Dan Teat of the Attack has seen himself rising quickly in the NLL's scoring leaders column.

PLPA correspondent Saul Davidson met with Dan after Saturday loss to Rochester.

Question Tonight was your first time facing your old team, the Rochester Knighthawks, what were your feelings on tonight's game?
Answer Well, we had them 9-4 and we let them get on a little run in the second quarter and then in the third quarter we didn't get a goal so it's a little tough to swallow but I think the main concern was getting our team up to 3 and 1 and putting them back to 1 and 3 would've been a nice situation for us but things just didn't go our way in the second half.

Question Dietrich started out tonight in goal and was replaced by O'Toole. Do you think he was the difference for Rochester's defense and the key to the come back win?
Answer Well I think we got to Dietrich early and maybe we shook his confidence a little bit and we had a couple of power plays but their defence beard down hard in the second half. When we had the breaks O'Toole was there. We got the two late goals but he stopped a couple of our breakaways and changed our momentum around a bit.

Question You've had some history playing with John Grant and the Attack held him to two goals tonight. How do you think you played the Knighthawks overall tonight?
Answer We played them great five on five. Especially defensively, our back door guys, and Blazer played phenomenal tonight. To hold Grant to two goals is great. They had their chances on the power play and that's when they buried them. Especially when the got the ball with 1:48 to go in the game. It's hard to swallow.

Question In your transition from the Knighthawks to the Attack are you playing a new coaching style now than what you were used to in Rochester?
Answer There's differences. Both teams are so similar with their Canadian content. Both coaches play similar styles. But Terry gets the best out of his players. We just have to perform a little bit better to get back up on the win column.

Question Strong power plays for Rochester tonight, they were 5 for 8 where Albany was 2 for 8. What are you views on tonight's power plays?
Answer I think we have to stop taking penalties especially in this league. Especially against Rochester and teams like Philly. They both have 5 sticks on the power play that are just great sticks. There's no weakness to any of them. When they have the big guns out there like Cory Bomberry and John Grant and Duey Jacobs. You have to be cognizant of all of them. It's tough to play a 3 on 2 situation.

Question Cam Woods was in the box for a few of those power play goals tonight. How did you feel on those calls tonight against Cam and his play overall tonight?
Answer I think Woodsy's playing great. I think he got hosed on a couple of calls. I wont hold anything back there. He had a couple of holds that were really questionable. The last one where he touched the guys stick but that's the intensity of Cam and we want him with that intensity. He's our leader, especially defensively.

Question The Attack went 35 minutes with a scoring drought and got two late goals in the 4th. Did you have frustrations on the bench, any strategies for your play against Rochester to get back into the game?
Answer Well, it's frustrating when you don't score in a whole quarter. We have the offence and we expect to score when we have our chances. Patty came up big on a couple of them, and its tough to take when you don't get the goals when you need them. We went on a their run and we couldn't stop the bleeding. If we had scored one or two in the third, it would've changed things in the game. But their defence stepped up and played really well.

Question Yet another strong goalie battle tonight. Blasdell for the whole game and O'Toole finishing up the second half. You mention the strong Canadian content on these two teams. How do you compare this game with last week's in Toronto?
Answer I think playing against Toronto is going to be a slower game. These teams like to slow the game down a bit and use the 30 second clock. Against Rochester, it's the same style with more speed. Maybe just a little less of a defensive battle in our end and in theirs. It's the same style of play, just some quicker transitions.

Question You added two goals to tonight's score. You're quickly climbing the charts on the NLL scoring leaders column. It looks like you have a good scoring niche here in Albany.
Answer Well it's working so far. Then against Toronto, it would've helped if our offensive guys would've got a couple more out of us. But things are going well here and it's great to be playing here.

Question How about your future in this league? Where do you see yourself in the next few seasons?
Answer I'm not sure. I don't know how many years I have left. I'll keep plugging away and hopefully I stay here as long as they will have me. It's great while it lasts….

PLPA Correspondent

Saul Davidson has followed the MILL / NLL since 1990. His first involvement with the MILL came with the forming of the Boston Blazers Boosters at the FleetCenter in Massachusetts in 1995, under the close eye of the Blazers PR department. He also constructed and maintained the Blazer's homepage on the world wide web, which is still in existence today. His history includes news articles and awards for several news web sites, including e-lacrosse, the Boston Herald, the Outsiders Guide to the NLL, and many other fan sites. Since the departure of the Blazers franchise from the league, he formed Arena Media in early 1998, a one stop source on the Internet for sports, stadium and expansion news. Arena Media currently hosts one of the largest sources of professional lacrosse news.