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ROCK HOST BLAZERS IN HOME OPENER FRIDAY

The Toronto Rock hit the turf at the Air Canada Centre for the first time in 2010 on Friday, January 15 when they host the Boston Blazers. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Rock (1-0) opened the season last weekend in Boston with a 17-7 win over the Blazers (0-1).

“We’re happy with the outcome of the game, but any veteran in this league knows that Boston did not play the way they wanted to,” said Toronto general manager, Terry Sanderson.

Looking back at the 2009 matchups between Toronto and Boston the first outcome is quite similar. The Rock won in Boston the first time the two teams met. When the Blazers ventured to Toronto later in the season they were victorious in the ACC, a final the Rock don’t wish to repeat.

Leading Toronto in points in the season opener was Captain Colin Doyle who recorded 10 points from one goal, and nine assists.

“It was a fantastic night for Colin,” said Sanderson. “Given enough time he will score, but he has strength in finding open guys to distribute the ball.”

Game MVP Garrett Billings took the lead in goals with five. The Rock’s first round draft pick, who also added two assists in the game, was named NLL Rookie of the Week for the first week of the season for his seven point performance.

Boston was led by Captain Dan Dawson with three goals and two assists. Blazers head coach Tom Ryan was “very disappointed” with his team’s performance in on Saturday.

“I give Toronto a lot of credit, they took it to us,” said Ryan. “We didn’t execute well, and we didn’t put in the effort we needed. We were out loose balled, out played, beat. We can’t expect to just show up and win games.”

Friday’s home opener will be broadcast on TSN2, tape delayed at 10:30 p.m. with Dave Randorf calling the game, Brian Shanahan providing the colour, and host Claude Feig. For more information on TSN2 and a complete list of participating television providers, visit TSN.ca.

Single game tickets for tomorrow’s game are still available at the Air Canada Centre box office or online through Ticket Master at www.ticketmaster.ca <http://www.ticketmaster.ca> .