January 29, 2016
ROCK LOSE 20-17 TO GEORGIA SWARM
Toronto Drops To 0-5 On The Season
Toronto, ON – The Georgia Swarm (2-2) defeated the Toronto Rock (0-5) by a score of 20-17 on Friday night at Air Canada Centre in a wild, high-scoring affair. A fourth quarter comeback fell short, as the Rock have started the season 0-5 for the first time in franchise history.
After struggling to score goals in their first four games, the Rock offence came to life and so did their power play as Toronto scored 8 goals with the man advantage.
“I thought we showed a lot of guts getting back into that game,” said Rock Captain Colin Doyle. “I thought we were going to get it and our focus was solely on getting this game tonight and it feels bad not getting it.”
The first half was a roller coaster to say the least and saw both teams change goaltenders before the midway break. Brandon Miller replaced Nick Rose in the Rock goal, after giving up 9 goals on 19 shots. Rose’s counterpart lasted only a few moments more as Brodie MacDonald was replaced by Zach Higgins, after allowing 8 goals on 20 shots.
The offence for both teams was on fire. 12-11 was the score at the half and Stephan Leblanc led the goal scoring parade for the Rock with 4 goals and 2 assists. Georgia’s Shayne Jackson scored 3 goals and threw out 4 assists in the opening 30 minutes. Toronto’s power play went 4-for-4, while the Swarm were almost as good scoring 3 times on 4 chances.
The Swarm flipped the script and brought MacDonald back in to start the second half. Georgia scored the first 4 goals of the half to take a 16-11 lead before Rob Hellyer’s power play goal broke up the run, leaving the Rock down 16-12 heading to the final 15 minutes.
In the fourth quarter, the Rock power play continued to bury as Toronto scored 5 straight goals to take a 17-16 lead, with 3 of those coming on the man up. Georgia still had another run in them, scoring 4 straight to finish off the win.
Stephan Leblanc led rock goal scorers with 4 goals while Brett Hickey and Rob Hellyer scored 3 each. Colin Doyle and Kasey Beirnes each had a pair with singles from Rob Marshall, Brodie Merrill and Dan Lintner.
The Rock have a bye week this week on the schedule and will resume action on Sunday, February 14th in Uncasville, Connecticut against the New England Black Wolves.
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