The Toronto Rock stayed undefeated at home with a 19-11 win over the Philadelphia Wings at the Air Canada Centre tonight.
Bob Watson recorded his fourth win this season stopping 32 of 43 shots on net. Both Blaine Manning and Stephan Leblanc had nine point games, but Kasey Beirnes was named game MVP for his six point (4, 2) game.
Brandon Miller and Rob Blasdell split time between Philadelphia’s pipes making a combined 39 saves. Dan Teat led Wings scoring with two goals and three assists.
Philadelphia got out to the early start, scoring two goals within the first minute of play. Rookie Stephan Leblanc put Toronto onto the board followed by defender Scott Campbell to tie the game. Geoff Snider struck next for the Wings, but Blaine Manning continued the back-and-forth to bring it to 3-3. Colin Doyle sunk one past Philadelphia goaltender Brandon Miller, and Manning followed suit to bring the Rock to five. Drew Westervelt made it four for Philadelphia, but National Lacrosse League Rookie of the Month Garrett Billings got on the board to end the first quarter 6-4.
Mat Giles opened up the second quarter narrowing Toronto’s lead, but Doyle netted the seventh off an assist from Kim Squire. Leblanc and Kasey Beirnes posted eight and nine and back-to-back goals from Squire made it 11. This was Squire’s first professional game since 2006 when he played in Buffalo.
Heading into the second half, the Rock were up 11-5. Beirnes scored his second of the night, but the Wings answered as Giles and Kyle Wailes got past Toronto’s Bob Watson. Billings put in his second of the night, followed by Beirnes for the hat trick. Doyle brought the Toronto tally to 15 before Kevin Huntley scored number eight for Philadelphia.
Manning sunk his third to kick off the fourth quarter of play, shortly followed by Beirnes’ fourth. Jason Crosbie tried to get the Wings back into scoring but Billings netted the 18th for the Rock, surpassing Toronto’s 2010 season high of 17 goals in a game. Dan Teat brought Philadelphia into double digits, accompanied by a goalie change, putting Rob Blasdell in between the pipes. The scoring went back and forth with Bill McGlone netting one for the Wings, and Leblanc scoring for Toronto. Time would drain off the clock to end in favour of Toronto 19-11.
The Toronto Rock have no time to rest as they take their 4-1 record to Buffalo tomorrow to play the Bandits (1-4) at HSBC Arena. Rock captain Colin Doyle recorded seven points tonight to give him a total of 998 regular season career points. He will be able to break the 1000 point milestone this weekend if he accumulates two in tomorrow’s game. It will make him the third ever player in the NLL to surpass 1000 points, joining the ranks of John Tavares and Gary Gait. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and fans can watch all the goals on the NLL Network at www.nll.com.