Toronto – The Toronto Rock are off to a 2-0 start and goaltender Nick Rose was a large part of those two wins. Toronto defeated Calgary on Saturday night by a score or 13-11 and followed that up with a Sunday afternoon win in Edmonton over the Rush.
Rose won 5 of 6 regular season starts in 2012 after being acquired from Calgary at the March trade deadline. The 24-year old Orangeville, ON native has continued that roll early in the 2013 season.
“I think our defence played really well,” said Rose when reflecting on the weekend wins. “They gave up the shots we want to give up and we had some success.”
The Rock were badly outshot in the early portion of Sunday’s game against the Rush but it was Rose rising to the occasion and keeping Toronto in the game and setting them up for their second half comeback and a win. Rose stopped 45 shots Saturday against Calgary and 44 shots on Sunday against Edmonton to finish the weekend with an .817 save percentage after a pair of games.
Washington’s Cliff Smith was named the offensive player of the week while Brodie Merrill of Philadelphia is the transition player of the week. Rookie of the week honours went to Edmonton’s Curtis Knight.
The Rock will open the home portion of the 2013 schedule on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre at 7pm against the Philadelphia Wings. For the best ticket in town, please call 416-596-3075 or visit www.torontorock.com.