January 14, 2016
ROCK FALL 12-7 IN HOME OPENER TO ROCHESTER
Toronto Drops To 0-2 After Loss To Knighthawks
Toronto, ON – The Toronto Rock (0-2) lost their second in a row to start the season, falling 12-7 to the Rochester Knighthawks (1-1) on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre. The Rock were forced to play catch up for most of the night in the home opening loss.
“Same old, same old,” said Rock captain Colin Doyle after the loss. “We just weren’t good enough where we needed to be against a team that good and like they always do they capitalized on every opportunity we gave them.”
Things didn’t start well for the Rock, trailing 4-1 before the first 15 minutes had elapsed. The Knighthawks capitalized on their chances and carried the bulk of the play as they began to build a lead.
The second quarter was once again all Rochester, as the visitors stretched their lead to 7-2 at the half. Dan Dawson did the scoring for the Knighthawks, depositing a pair in the second frame.
Toronto showed signs of getting back in it in the third quarter, but as they did for the entire game, Rochester squashed any chance of a comeback by answering Rock tallies and stopping any kind of run for the Rock in short order. Toronto did outscore Rochester in the third 4-3, but trailed 10-6.
In the fourth quarter, Cody Jamieson scored another pair of goals to seal the victory.
Rock goal scorers were Brett Hickey with a hat-trick, Rob Hellyer with a pair and singles came from Stephan Leblanc and Kasey Beirnes.
The two teams will get together on Saturday night for the back half of the home and home at Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena.
“It’s good that we have a short turnaround on these guys,” said Rock forward Dan Lintner who made his NLL debut on Thursday. “It got a little chippy there at the end and I’m sure it will be the same when we get started on Saturday night.”
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