Calgary, AB – The Toronto Rock have a fresh start after a pair of weekend wins including another heart stopper on Saturday night in Calgary which the Rock won 14-13 in OT.
Calgary opened the scoring with a pair of goals and then moments later, Rock starting goaltender Pat Campbell and Calgary faceoff man Geoff Snider engaged in a fight. Campbell was viewed as the instigator in the altercation and received a game misconduct. Toronto scored a pair to tie, followed by each team trading goals to end the first quarter tied 3-3.
Matt Roik stopped 8 of the 9 shots he faced through the final 11 minutes of the first quarter and continued his solid play through the second quarter making another 11 saves.
Brenden Thenhaus scored his first goal in his first game with the Rock to give Toronto the lead for the first time in the game one minute into the second quarter. Garrett Billings scored to stretch the Rock lead to 5-3 only to see reigning NLL MVP Jeff Shattler answer back with a pair of goals for the Roughnecks tying the game 5-5. Another exchange of goals drew the half to a close tied 6-6.
The third quarter unfolded much the same as the first 30 minutes did and the two teams traded goals back and forth and finished the quarter tied 11-11. Josh Sanderson scored two of Toronto’s five goals, continuing to carry a hot stick for the Rock.
The hometown Roughnecks scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to take a 13-11 lead. The Rock scored twice in the final 2:42 to tie the game 13-13. The first goal coming from Kasey Beirnes and the second from Garrett Billings on a 6-on-5 play with Roik on the bench.
After a few possessions in overtime, Cam Woods forced a turnover and rolled the ball to Mike Hobbins. Hobbins ran the floor and pushed the ball to Woods who buried it to give the Rock a tremendous road victory over Calgary.
Josh Sanderson led the offensive output for the Rock with 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points. Roik finished the night with 33 saves and another win.
Calgary’s Curtis Dickson scored 3 times and added 3 helpers for a six-point night, while Mike Poulin was credited with the loss in the Roughnecks net.
The Rock will travel to Philadelphia next weekend to face the Wings for the first time this season. The game can be seen live on TSN2 at 7pm ET.