Rock, Swarm, Mammoth, Rush Victorious on Saturday

The Philadelphia Wings ran out of luck against the Toronto Rock, losing 13-8 in the team's St. Paddy's Day Kick-Off game at Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon.

Philadelphia, still playing without the services of Captain Brodie Merrill and Assistant Captain Brett Manney struggled to find a rhythm tying their lowest scoring output of the season. In the two games against the Rock, Philadelphia has scored only 16 goals, coming out 1-1 on the series. The Wings will meet the Rock once again in the regular season home finale on April 13.

The lone bright spot in the Wings defeat was an offensive resurgence from forward Kevin Crowley, who had five points on four goals and an assist. Paul Rabil and Drew Westervelt each had three points on a goal and two assists. Wings goalie Brandon Miller recorded 38 saves in defeat.

The Wings second consecutive loss at home drops the Wings to 5-5 and ties them with the Buffalo Bandits, sharing second place in the NLL East Division, two and a half games back from Toronto.

The Rock were led by Josh Sanderson with five points on four goals and an assist. Colin Doyle had a goal and six assists for seven points on the night for the division leading Rock. Toronto goalie, Nick Rose who leads the league in saves, recorded 45 against the Wings.

The Wings have a bye week next week and then return to action with back to back road games against the Minnesota Swarm and Colorado Mammoth on March 29 and 30 respectively.

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Philadelphia, PA The Toronto Rock (8-3) defeated the Philadelphia Wings (5-5) by a score of 13-8 at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon to maintain their perch atop the NLL standings.

Toronto owned the first fifteen minutes of play, largely because their defence limited the quality of scoring chances that the Wings were able to generate and held them to just a goal. Rock defender Kyle Belton, celebrating his 26th birthday, opened the scoring for the Rock. Kasey Beirnes had a pair, while Josh Sanderson scored on the powerplay in the late stages of the first quarter as Toronto led 4-1.

The next fifteen minutes of play didn't feature quite the same stingy defence of the opening frame. Both teams had a lot of success finding the mark as the Rock outscored the Wings 5-4 in the quarter to take a 9-5 lead into the half. Sanderson struck for three more goals in the quarter while Rock captain Colin Doyle kept piling up the assists to give him 6 at the break.

Kevin Crowley scored just over two minutes into the third quarter to close the gap to three goals. Neither team could find the net for the better part of the quarter, but Doyle connected to give the Rock their four-goal lead back at 10-6.

While the Rock built an 11-6 lead, they had to kill off a 5-minute major penalty assessed to defender Damon Edwards. The Rock scored the next two goals coming off the penalty kill including Belton completing the hat-trick. Philadelphia added a pair of late goals to make the final 13-8.

Doyle had a big night for the Rock scoring once and adding 6 assists, Sanderson finished with 4 goals and an assist.

The Rock now await the results of Saturday night's games as a loss by Minnesota or Colorado means Toronto is the first team to clinch a playoff spot.

The Rock will be back at home on Sunday, March 24th against Edmonton at 3:00 pm at Air Canada Centre when it will be Toronto Sun Autograph Day.

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Rochester,NY--The Edmonton Rush (6-5) used a fast start to defeat the defending champion Rochester Knighthawks (4-6) with an 11-9 road win at The Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night in a rematch of the 2012 NLL Championship Game.

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