Oakville, ON – The Toronto Rock and Colorado Mammoth played to a 15-15 tie in exhibition action on Saturday night at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, ON. It was a game where both teams would usually say they were happy with their offensive output but that wasn’t the story tonight for Rock head coach Matt Sawyer.
“We were happy with the number from our offence but we felt that was a game that was sloppy all over the floor,” explained Sawyer. “The offence was just as sloppy as our defence. So just a little reminder that we’re in the preseason and playing in November and that we still have some work to and that was evident tonight.”
After sitting out last week, Adam Jones made his Toronto Rock pre-season debut and scored four goals and added four assists for an eight-point game.
“You can see the potential of what we’ll have with Adam,” said Sawyer. “One thing we feel that we’ll get with him that gets overlooked is that he sees the floor much better than he gets credit for. He’s going to put some balls in the net but he’s going to make his teammates better as well.”
Jones was responsible for a pair of goals early as Toronto raced out of the gate, building a 5-0 lead on just nine shots. The Mammoth responded with three consecutive tallies but Kieran McArdle broke up that run late in the first quarter to put the Rock up 6-3 after one.
The gates opened in the second quarter with the teams combining for ten goals. The Mammoth were able to claw their way back to a 9-9 tie, but it was Jones again burying from long rang over top of a defender to give the Rock a 10-9 lead at the half.
The third quarter was a draw with the teams trading goals. The Rock goals came from Jones and Brett Hickey who put Toronto up 12-11 with fifteen minutes to play.
Tom Schreiber put the Rock up 15-13 with 6:07 to play in the fourth quarter. The Mammoth weren’t done though as they scored twice in thirty seconds to tie the game 15-15. The Rock pulled their goalie coming out of a timeout with 16 seconds to play but were unsuccessful in trying to score the winner.
Nick Rose played the first half of the game and allowed nine goals on 28 shots. Brandon Miller guarded the cage in the second half and made 21 saves and surrendered six goals.
Toronto Rock training camp continues on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The Rock will play their final exhibition game on Saturday, November 25 against the New England Black Wolves at the TRAC at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but a reminder that seating is limited, so please arrive early to guarantee yourself a seat.
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