Rock Continue to Roll; Swarm Caged in Calgary

Toronto, ON The Toronto Rock (7-3) defeated the Colorado Mammoth (2-7) by a score of 14-10 on Friday night at Air Canada Centre.

The Rock's Blaine Manning opened the scoring for Toronto but Colorado answered that with four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead. Colin Doyle scored on the powerplay before the end of the opening 15 to draw the Rock to within a pair.

A back and forth second quarter saw the Rock eventually surge ahead 7-6 on a goal by Doyle. With tallies from Blaine Manning and Kasey Beirnes, it was five straight goals for the Rock and a 9-6 lead at the half.

Colorado broke up that five-goal run in a hurry in the second half as they scored twice to claw right back into things. Garrett Billings found his groove on the power play with a goal that kept the Mammoth at an arms length, but only for a moment as John Grant Jr. again closed the gap. The Rock scored once more before the end of the frame to lead 11-9.

Adam Jones made it a one-goal game once again just 3:41 into the fourth quarter. Toronto would again have the answer as Manning scored on the power play to put Toronto up 12-10. Jesse Gamble's second goal of the game with less than two minutes to play sealed the Rock win. Gamble added his third of the game on a penalty shot in the final moments of the quarter.

Doyle led the Rock point parade with 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists). Billings' 7-point night (1 goal, 6 assists) moved him past Aaron Wilson into fifth spot on Toronto's all-time scoring list with 338 points.

Toronto will hit the road next week for a game in Philadelphia against the Wings at 1:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. The Rock will be back at home on Sunday, March 24th against Edmonton at 3:00 pm at Air Canada Centre.

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DENVER The Colorado Mammoth failed to score on the power-play at Air Canada Centre on Friday night, and allowed the East Division-leading Toronto Rock to score six on the man-up. The Mammoth's 14-10 defeat was the team's fifth in a row, dropping its record to 2-7.

"I thought the effort was there," said Mammoth head coach Bob Hamley. "I thought we did everything we could to win that game and, for whatever reason, we can't seem to get over that hump."

After scoring four straight in the first quarter and leading by two at the end of the frame, the Mammoth pushed its lead to 5-2 on a John Grant Jr. goal 59 ticks into the second. Toronto scored seven of the next eight in the quarter, taking a 9-6 lead into halftime.

Colorado forward Adam Jones cut the deficit to one early in the fourth quarter with his second goal. Grant's tally, his fourth, was waived off after the Rock challenged the apparent equalizer. The Mammoth was held scoreless the rest of the way.

The team takes on the Bandits on Saturday night at 5:30 pm MST at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (3-7) fell on the road 19-15 to the Calgary Roughnecks (6-5) Friday night in a back-and-forth scoring match-up. While the Swarm held an early 3-2 lead, Calgary scored five unanswered goals in the second quarter to break open the game. Minnesota pulled the lead to within just four goals several times throughout the second half, but the strong Roughneck second quarter effort proved to be the difference.

"We're trying to shape our lineup as best as we can right now," said Swarm associate general manager and head coach Joe Sullivan. "When our offense puts up 15 points and we still lose that's not acceptable. We talked about that after the game and now it's time to put those words to work."

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