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WK
1
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
WK
2
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Toronto
7
Rochester
11
WK
3
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Buffalo
11
Toronto
8
WK
6
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Toronto
15
New York
7
WK
7
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Halifax
8
Toronto
17
WK
8
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
Toronto
14
Philadelphia
5
WK
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL/OT
Toronto
11
Calgary
10
WK
10
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
WK
12
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
WK
14
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
WK
16
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
WK
17
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
WK
18
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
WK
20
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
WK
21
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Game Preview: Rock Vs. Roughnecks

The Toronto Rock are set to open up their season against the Calgary Roughnecks for the third season in a row. Toronto swept the season series with the Roughnecks last season, winning 13-11 in Calgary in the 2013 season opener. The Rock took the second meeting by a score of 17-12 at home in February. Garrett Billings led all runners with a combined 15 points in the two meetings. Shawn Evans led the way for the Roughnecks with 9 points. Both teams finished first in their respective divisions. The Roughnecks led the West with a 9-7 record. The Rock sat atop the East with an NLL leading 10-6 record.

Here’s A Look At How The Two Teams Match-Up:

Toronto Rock

At The Helm:

The biggest change for the Rock this season will be behind the bench as former Assistant Coach John Lovell was named Head Coach by GM Terry Sanderson this off-season. Recently retired Rock great Blaine Manning will run the offense while former Rock defender Dan Ladouceur will lead the defence and Pat Campbell will work with the goaltenders. Veteran Coach Matt Sawyer was also retained as an Assistant to Lovell.

Returning Players:

The Rock will look to a number of familiar faces to lead them back to the top of the East Division Standings. Key returning players include Captain Colin Doyle, 2013 leading scorer Garrett Billings, Kasey Beirnes, Stephan Leblanc and Josh Sanderson. Nick Rose is back between the pipes, as well as backup Zak Boychuk.. Joining O’Connor on the defensive side of the floor will be veterans Stephen Hoar, Patrick Merrill, Scott Johnston and Rob Marshall.

New Faces:

Among the new faces are 2013 first round pick Ethan O’Connor (9th overall). Also making the team out of camp were Defenders Craig England and Dustin Dunn. Dunn was activated from the Practice Roster, when Chris White was placed on Injured Reserve on December 29th (lower body).

Who To Watch:

Forward Garrett Billings is fresh off his second straight 100-plus point season and is always an offensive threat when he’s on the floor. Kasey Beirnes led the Rock with 31 goals last season. Josh Sanderson and Colin Doyle are the veterans on the team, but still can be counted on to make big plays and score timely goals.

 

Calgary Roughnecks

At The Helm:

Curt Malawsky is entering his second season as head coach for the Calgary Roughnecks and also serves as the team’s Assistant GM. Malawsky will be assisted by Bob McMahon as offence coordinator and Bruce Codd as defence coordinator. It’s the fourth season for McMahon on the Calgary coaching staff, while Codd is entering his second season with the Riggers.

Returning Players:

Captain Andrew McBride leads a group of 16 returning players on Calgary’s roster this year. Joining McBride on defence for another season is Dan MacRae as well as the brother combinations of Mike and Scott Carnegie and Greg and Jon Harnett. Back from last season at forward are Jeff Shattler, Shawn Evans, Curtis Dickson, Daryl Veltman, Dane Dobbie and Matthew Dinsdale. Geoff Snider and Curtis Manning return as transition players for the 2014 season. Mike Poulin will once again be the starter in between the pipes, while Frankie Scigliano will be counted upon as one of the back-up goalies.

New Faces:

The four new faces on the Roughnecks roster came from the 2013 NLL Entry Draft. Transition players Tor Reinholdt (1st round, 6th overall) and Karsen Leung (2nd round, 10th overall), defenceman Garrett McIntosh (3rd round, 24th overall) and goalie Peter Dubenski (4th round, 34th overall) all made the squad out of training camp.

Who To Watch:

Shawn Evans was named last season’s NLL MVP after posting a league leading 112 points. Curtis Dickson led the team in goals with 42 and Dane Dobbie wasn’t far behind with 40. Jeff Shattler finished second in team scoring with 74 points.

 

Toronto Rock