Toronto – The Toronto Rock (9-5) host the Rochester Knighthawks (5-6) on Sunday afternoon at 3pm ET at Air Canada Centre. The Rock have a chance to sew up the Eastern Division title with a win and the game can be viewed online at YouTube.com/TLN.
Toronto could learn a small piece of their playoff fate before they even step on the floor Sunday afternoon. Should the Philadelphia Wings lose to the Knighthawks on Saturday night in Rochester, the Rock will clinch a first round home playoff game. A Rock win on Sunday means home floor throughout the Eastern Division playoffs.
Last Saturday, the Rock traveled to Rochester and were on the losing end of a 12-8 decision and will be looking for a positive result this weekend.
“We’re not happy with the result last Saturday but the effort was there for sure at both ends of the floor,” said Stephen Hoar. “We need to work on our execution a little bit and (Matt Vinc) had a great game. If we’re able to get a few more balls by him, it might have been a different story on Saturday night.”
The opportunity presents itself for Toronto to exact some revenge for the loss last weekend as well as presenting a reminder that it was the Knighthawks that knocked the Rock off their perch as NLL champions a year ago.
“As long as our compete level is up, we’re going to give any team a game on any given night whether it’s a back to back or the only game we’re playing that weekend. It’s all about our will factor and our compete level and if we have that I’ll put our chances up with anyone,” said Rock GM and assistant coach Terry Sanderson.
Rock forward Garrett Billings enters the weekend as the NLL’s leading scorer with 92 points. He’s just 8 points shy of the century mark and should he hit the 100-point plateau, he will become the first player in Rock history to record back-to-back 100-point campaigns.
Prior to Sunday’s game from 12noon to 2pm, the Rock will host another Fan Fest in the galleria outside of gate 1 at Air Canada Centre. Fans will have a chance to enjoy some family fun, meet the Toronto Rock Cheerleaders and get prepared for that afternoon’s game.
Sunday’s game is also Fan Appreciation Day and one lucky Toronto Rock fan will win a trip for 2 to Las Vegas courtesy of Adventure House Travel. There will be tons of giveaways throughout the afternoon as well as a special jersey being presented to one of the Rock’s soon to be 10,000 twitter followers as the team is set to become the first NLL club to eclipse the milestone this weekend.
The Rock will wrap up their 2013 regular season schedule next Saturday, April 13th in Philadelphia against the Wings. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network at 4:30pm ET. For the best ticket in town, visit www.torontorock.com or call 416-596-3075.