Toronto Drops 14-11 Decision To Vancouver
Langley, BC – The Toronto Rock (8-6) surrendered a 10-7 lead in the second half, falling to the Vancouver Stealth (6-8) by a score of 14-11 on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre. A seven-goal run in the second half was the undoing for the Rock who controlled the game for the first half.
“They were much better than us in the second half,” said Rock Head Coach Matt Sawyer after the loss. “We had some opportunities to put that game away and we took a few shortcuts and it came back to bite us.”
A pair of power play goals in the opening quarter helped the Rock build a 3-2 lead after the first quarter. Tom Schreiber was in on each of the Toronto goals, scoring twice and adding an assist.
Reid Reinholdt continued to carry a hot stick, scoring on a desperation shot from the boards just 44 seconds into the second quarter. Kasey Beirnes netted his second of the game to give the visiting Rock a 5-2 advantage. Vancouver got a goal from Joel McCready, but the Rock’s Dan Lintner answer with a slick tally in tight on top of the crease, less than a minute later and the Rock took a 6-3 lead into halftime.
After the two teams traded goals, Vancouver scored twice in 53 seconds to make it a one-goal game less than four minutes into the second half. The league’s top scorer, Corey Small tied the game 7-7 with a power play goal for the Stealth. The Vancouver three-goal run was followed by a Toronto three-goal run giving the Rock a 10-7 lead. Vancouver scored twice before the end of the quarter, as Toronto would carry a one-goal lead into the final quarter.
The wheels fell off for the Rock in the fourth quarter. The Stealth turned a two-goal quarter-ending surge, into a seven goal run by scoring five straight. Schreiber scored one late for the Rock to round out the scoring.
Schreiber led the team with four goals and three assists. Beirnes and Reinholdt each scored a pair of goals, while singles came from Lintner and Hickey. Nick Rose made 38 saves on 51 shots, while Brandon Miller allowed one goal on three shots in four minutes of mop-up duty late in the game.
The Rock will wrap up this very busy stretch of four games in ten days with a trip back across the continent to play New England on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. The Rock will then enjoy a much needed bye week, before returning home for their final regular season home game on Friday, April 14 against the Buffalo Bandits. It’s Fan Appreciation Night and Toronto Sun Autograph Night. For tickets, please visit torontorock.com or call 416-596-3075.