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What to watch for vs. Rochester Knighthawks

Historical Night For Dan Dawson

Rochester, NY – The Toronto Rock (10-5) take on the Rochester Knighthawks (3-11) tonight at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY.  With Halifax losing to Calgary last night, the Rock have a very exciting opportunity ahead of them.

Last weekend’s results clinched the Rock a playoff berth, we know that for certain.  What’s yet to be determined is where the Rock will finish in the East and whether or not they will host their first round, single game elimination, playoff game or begin the chase for the championship on the road.

What is known is that the Rock now control their own fate.  A win tonight against Rochester coupled with a win over Halfiax one week from tonight in Hamilton, and the Rock will clinch second place in the East and host a first-round playoff game on FirstOntario Centre on the weekend of May 6-8.  But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, there’s business to take care of this evening in Rochester before any of that is on the table.

Fans can watch the game live at 7:00pm ET on TSN’s digital platforms via TSN.ca and the TSN App.  To stream the game, simply login to TSN Direct with your cable or satellite provider’s credentials or your TSN Direct account info if you’re a subscriber to the streaming service.

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

  • With one assist tonight, Dan Dawson can set the NLL’s all-time assists record, officially breaking the tie with John Tavares. It would be fitting for Dawson to do it in Rochester, a place where he certainly spent some important years of his career, winning two championships with the original Knighthawks franchise.  Dawson played 93 of his NLL record 307 games with Rochester.
  • The chase for 50 goals continues for Tom Schreiber. At 39 goals he needs 11 over the Rock’s final three games to hit the mark.  Schreiber missed two games, so accomplishing the feat in 16 games would have an old school feel to it.  The only 50-goal season in Rock history came in 2015 when Brett Hickey hit the mark in 18 games.
  • The student can pass the teacher tonight. Rock goalie Nick Rose can pass Rock goalie coach, and Rose’s former teammate, Brandon Miller on a couple of NLL all-time lists.  With 38 minutes played tonight, Rose will pass Miller for 9th on the all-time goalie minutes list.  And, with 21 saves he will also pass Miller for 8th on the all-time goalie saves list.

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.

Next week, the Rock will host the Halifax Thunderbirds on Saturday, April 16 at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre at 7pm.  The Rock will celebrate the roots of the game of lacrosse on Indigenous Heritage Night.  It is also Fan Appreciation Night presented by Coolbet.

For more information on Toronto Rock tickets, please contact a Toronto Rock account executive by phone at 416-596-3075, by email at [email protected] or visit torontorock.com.

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