The Toronto Rock scored a huge win against their Eastern Conference rivals in Georgia last Friday night with a final score of 14-9. The Rock now move into first place in the East. Georgia has had Toronto’s number for the past few years, but right from the start of this game the Rock came out ready to put an end to their losing streak to the Swarm.
They got off to a hot start as they rattled off four goals in the first quarter and held Georgia scoreless until the second quarter.
Of course, no game against the Swarm could be this easy as they boast several of the best scorers in the league and an elite goaltender in Mike Poulin. Georgia would go on a few runs of their own to make it as close as a one goal game. Lyle Thompson had another stellar performance against Toronto scoring a hat trick.
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The difference in this game would be an incredible performance by Nick Rose in between the pipes as he stuffed some of the best shooters in the world over and over again ending the game with 40 saves on 49 shots.
On the other side of the floor, the Rock offense got it done in a balanced effort, led by Rob Hellyer with six points, Tom Schreiber with five and a hat trick from Dan Craig. In some of their other wins, only one or two players were scoring all of the Rock’s points, but this group is beginning to spread the wealth and get contributions from everyone as they get more comfortable.
Captain Challen Rogers scored two huge goals in transition and Brock Sorensen also chipped in an empty net goal at the end of the game. The Rock’s defense was pushing the ball up the floor all game and had their best performance of the season.
The Toronto Rock move to 4-1 on the season as they move into a tough stretch of their season where they will face a scrappy Philly team followed by three of the top teams in the league in Saskatewan, San Diego and New England. The Rock will be tested during this stretch and we will get a good idea if this team is ready to make a run at the NLL Cup.