Toronto Winning Streak Halted
Uniondale, NY – The Toronto Rock (6-4) had their four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the New York Riptide (2-7), falling 14-13 on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. It was the first home win for the Riptide this season.
“Hopefully that’s a reminder that we need consistent performances up and down the lineup game in, game out,” said Rock Head Coach Matt Sawyer. “We felt that if we were strong in the first three quarters, we wouldn’t have been in the situation we were in at the end of the game.”
Hometown boy Tom Schreiber who hails from nearby East Meadow, NY scored two goals early for the Rock and it looked like the Rock might be in for a big night offensively. However, the Riptide showed their scrappy character, battling back and tying the game 2-2 before the end of the opening quarter.
The second quarter proved to be the difference in the game, and it was a wild one with 11 goals scored in total, six for the Riptide. Neither team scored more than two in a row and the Rock started and finished the goal scoring in the frame with the Riptide up 8-7 at halftime.
Toronto fell behind by three in the third quarter but battled back to trail by just one, 11-10 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter saw New York build a three-goal lead once again, but Toronto showed some resiliency rallying to tie the game 13-13 with just 3:49 to play. It wasn’t long before New York’s Jeff Teat scored to give the Riptide the lead. The Rock had a few chances to tie the game in the final minute but just couldn’t get the goal they needed to extend the game.
Rock goaltender Nick Rose was pulled from the game, 6:44 into the third quarter after allowing New York’s eleventh goal of the game. Riley Hutchcraft went the rest of the way in the Toronto cage, allowing just 3 goals in just over 23 minutes of work.
The Rock were 2-for-2 on the power play while the Riptide went 0-for-1 with the man advantage.
The Rock’s next game will be back at home, next Saturday, March 5 against these same New York Riptide. This will be the first time in 2022 that the Rock will play in front of fans at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON.
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