Toronto – The Toronto Rock (4-3) host the Calgary Roughnecks this Saturday night, March 1st at the Air Canada Centre. The Rock are returning to the ACC after a week off that followed a hard fought 11-8 victory over the Buffalo Bandits on February 15th.
In 2007, the Rock and Roughnecks split the season series one a piece with both teams winning on the road. Josh Sanderson led the Rock with a total of 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) vs. Calgary last season.
Bob Watson, who was recently honoured as NLL Defensive Player for the second time this year and the rest of the Rock are ready to face the Roughnecks for the first time this season. Blaine Manning leads the Rock with 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists). Watson, along with Rock Captain Jim Veltman and defender Peter Lough were all named to the East Division All-Star team this week to represent the Rock at the 2008 All-Star game in Edmonton on Sunday March 16th.
Led by forward Lewis Ratcliff, Calgary (3-5) is coming off a big 12-9 home win against the Colorado Mammoth last weekend. Ratcliff is tied for fourth as the NLL scoring leader with 20 goals and leads the Roughnecks with 46 points.
Fans are encouraged to join the entire Toronto Rock team outside Gate One of the ACC immediately following the game this Saturday evening for Autograph Night, sponsored by Sharpie/Staples. The first 10,000 fans through the gates receive a FREE Toronto Rock team cheer card provided by Toronto Sun & Woodbine.
This weekend’s game will also be broadcast live on Rogers Sportsnet Ontario at 7:00 p.m. EST. Also available live on Rogers Sportsnet Ontario next weekend, Saturday March 8th will be Rock vs. Wings broadcast from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA at 1:00 p.m. EST.
The game tomorrow night will also be available on the B2 Network. The live webcast can be purchased online for $7 USD. A high-speed internet connection and a current version of Microsoft Windows Media Player will be required to watch the game. Fans can access the webcast by clicking the B2 icon at www.torontorock.com .