Rock Season Ends With 15-13 Playoff Loss To Buffalo

TORONTO, ON – The Buffalo Bandits defeated the Toronto Rock 15-13 on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre to advance to face the Rochester Knighthawks in the East Division Finals.

The Rock didn’t get off to a great start in the opening quarter, falling behind 4-1.  A goal from Kasey Beirnes in the final minute of the quarter closed the gap to 4-2 after one.

With Rock down three goals, they rallied to score three straight to tie the game 6-6 on Colin Doyle’s third goal of the game.  Buffalo retook a one-goal edge but once again the Rock battled back evening things at 7-7.  A late power play goal gave the Bandits and 8-7 lead at halftime.

Toronto scored the first two goals of the third quarter and Toronto took their first lead of the game.  After trading goals, Buffalo scored on the powerplay with under a minute remaining in the frame to tie the score 10-10.

Buffalo continued their run scoring the first couple goals of the fourth quarter to make it 12-10.  Nick Diachenko scored his second goal of the game to make it 12-11, but Buffalo scored on the man advantage to take another two-goal edge 13-11.  Toronto was never able to overcome that two-goal deficit in the final minutes of the game.

Colin Doyle led all Rock point-getters with 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points.  Kasey Beirnes was the top goal-scorer with 4 and he also picked up a pair of assists.  Other goal scorers for Toronto were Nick Diachenko with 3, Josh Sanderson had a pair and Rob Hellyer scored once.

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Karen Morrison
Tough game. Buffalo's special teams did a better job. Toronto's defense had a difficult night, taking bad penalties and making mental errors. Too bad but a one game playoff means you cannot let your guard down. Gotta play hard for 60 minutes
2014-05-04 22:34:58
I thought the Rock goaltending, offence and defense played a good game - especially without Garrett Billings in the lineup. unfortunately our achilles heel all season came up once again to bite us. The Bandits won 27 out of 32 faceoffs. You cannot win in this league if the other team starts with the ball every time. Even with that disparity, we outshot them. If GM Sanderson had addressed this most glaring need on the team during the season, we would be heading to Rochester.
2014-05-05 23:26:10
Buffalo won 27 of 32 face-offs. Nuff' said...
2014-05-07 17:00:32

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