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What to watch for vs. Halifax Thunderbirds

Rock Set To Play First Home Game Of 2023

Hamilton, ON – The Toronto Rock (2-2) face their rivals, the Halifax Thunderbirds (3-2) for the first time this season.  The Rock are coming off a 15-7 win last week over the New York Riptide, while the Thunderbirds suffered an 11-10 OT loss last night to Albany in Halifax, NS.

Fans can watch the game vs.  live at 7pm ET on TSN’s digital platform TSN+.  To stream the game, simply login to TSN+ with your cable or satellite provider’s credentials or your TSN+ account info if you’re a subscriber to the streaming service.

Here’s what to watch for in tonight’s matchup.

  • This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams since the Rock eliminated Halifax in OT in the East Conference Semi-Final.
  • Stephen Keogh played for the Thunderbirds last season, but before that also played for the franchise while they were the original Rochester Knighthawks where he won three NLL titles.
  • The Rock have outshot their opponent in every game this season, including last weekend’s 71-41 edge in shots on goal against New York. And incredible 30-shot margin!
  • Corey Small has scored in every game this season for the Rock with 9 goals in 4 games.
  • It’s a premier faceoff matchup tonight between two of the league’s best in the Thunderbirds’ Jake Withers (82%) and the Rock’s TD Ierlan (80%).
  • The Thunderbirds boast some incredible depth on offence with 5 players with 10 goals or more through 5 games. Boushy (15), Fannell (12), Staats (10), Petterson (10) and Benesch (10) have all hit double digits.
  • The Rock are away for the next 2 weeks. At Phi, At Cgy.

Check out this week’s edition of the Toronto Rock Total Access podcast to get yourself ready for the game.  This week’s show features Toronto Rock Head Coach Matt Sawyer.

Fans should also check out the second episode of Rock City Unplugged, streaming now on the Rock’s YouTube Channel.

Tickets are still available for tonight’s game against the Halifax Thunderbirds at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton.

For more information on Toronto Rock tickets, please contact a Toronto Rock account executive by phone at 416-596-3075, by email at or visit

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