Toronto Rock not favorite, but still solid bet to win NLL title

Content of the article

The Rock’s offense looked absolutely awful in the first half, but his defense allowed the forward to find his footing and make a 7-1 run in the fourth quarter, leading to a 10- 7 at the KeyBank Center on Saturday.

Tom Schreiber scored with 4:20 left on a slapshot-type swing to give Toronto the lead for good.

Content of the article

“It was lousy on our side of the ball,” Scheiber said. “Our defense was excellent with a very good attack on that side. »

“We have a lot of trust in each other and finally we figured it out. »

The game had no impact on the standings as Buffalo finished the regular season at 14-4 and Toronto at 13-5. But it’s very likely the Rock will return to Buffalo if they beat the Halifax Thunderbirds on Friday at the FirstOntario Center and will do so knowing they can compete with MVP candidates Matt Vinc and Dhane Smith.

Content of the article

The Rock trailed 5-1 at halftime and 6-3 after three quarters. But Challen Rogers sparked the comeback with three goals in the first 10 minutes of the final period and Schreiber scored once before getting the winner. Sheldon Burns and Snoo’s Mitch added late goals to put the game aside. Dan Dawson scored twice earlier and Dan Craig also scored.

Kyle Buchanan scored three for Buffalo. Josh Byrne scored twice. Tehoka Nanticoke and Chris Cloutier also scored.

The Thunderbirds clinched third place in the division with a 13-10 win over Rochester. The Albany FireWolves finish fourth after a 17-19 win over the New York Riptide and will open next Saturday in Buffalo. And the Philadelphia Wings eliminated the Georgia Swarm 11-10 to take fifth and the crossover spot in the Western Division playoffs.

Late Saturday, the Colorado Mammoth, San Diego Seals and Calgary Roughnecks sorted their playoff standings.

Leave a Comment