Toronto Winning Streak Reaches Five Games
Hamilton, ON – The Toronto Rock (6-2) ran their winning streak to five games, scoring a barrage of goals in a 22-14 win over the New York Riptide (1-6) on Saturday night at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON. The Rock are now tied with the Rochester Knighthawks for second spot in the East Conference.
“It was just a complete effort,” said Rock forward Corey Small. “We played a great offensive game, and it was nice to see the ball get spread around and a bunch of guys have big nights. We can’t always expect our defence to hold teams to six, so it was nice to see the offence contributing like that.”
The Rock jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but the Riptide answered back with a pair to make it a 4-3 game through one quarter. Two of the Rock goals came from the stick of Small.
New York tied the game 4-4, but the Rock scored five straight goals to build a 9-4 lead. The final three of those Rock goals came in a span of just 21 seconds, and Small scored his third and fourth goals of the half on the five-goal run. The Riptide scored twice in the final 71 seconds of the half to close the gap to 9-6 at the halftime break.
To open the second half, the Riptide struck quickly, but once again the Rock answered with not one, but four goals in a row to leap ahead 13-7. Latrell Harris added two more tallies to his first half goal to give him his first career hat-trick.
With the Rock up 16-9 to start the fourth quarter, New York did what they had to do to stay in the game, they scored twice early to make it a 16-11 game with 13:44 to go. But, as they had done all night, the Rock answered those two Riptide goals with a pair of their own including a magnificent solo effort from defender Brad Kri, restoring the Rock’s seven-goal lead, 18-11. The Rock continued to score at will, tacking on another four goals to make the final 22-14.
The scoresheet was littered with big nights on both sides, but especially for the Rock.
Tom Schreiber finished with 14 points on 3 goals and 11 assists. His 14-points were one shy of the Rock single-game mark held by Garrett Billings who scored 15 points in a 2012 win over the Buffalo Bandits.
Dan Dawson finished the night with 2 goals and 7 assists. Those 9 points bring his career total to 1499 and he is now right on the doorstep of becoming just the second player in NLL history to score 1500 career points.
Small finished with five goals, while Stephen Keogh tucked home four goals. Dan Craig and Harris each scored three times.
Toronto outshot New York 60-39. Nick Rose earned his sixth win of the season in the Rock cage, stopping 23 of the 26 shots he faced. Troy Holowchuk played the final few minutes for the Rock and gave up a goal on three shots.
The Rock power play was 3-for-4, while the Riptide were 4-for-5 with the man advantage.
Tickets are on sale now for the Rock’s next home game at FirstOntario Centre on Saturday, February 18 against the Georgia Swarm at 7pm ET.
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