Rush, Rock, K-Hawks, 'Necks Win on Saturday

Colorado goaltender Dillon Ward made 33 saves, including one on the doorstep with 30 seconds left in the game.

"He played unbelievable!" said Coyle of his rookie netminder. "What he's doing every game is giving us a chance to win, which is all you really can ask for from your goalie."

The winning goal, credited to Rush forward Curtis Knight 12:46 into the fourth, actually caromed off the post and slowly off the back of Ward. It trickled toward the goal line when Mammoth defenseman Creighton Reid thrust his stick toward the ball to try to prevent it from crossing. Ultimately, the head of Reid's stick, coupled with Ward's attempt to trap the ball, pushed it into the net.

"This [result] makes us a little more hungry to get a win at home!" said Jones. "We're looking forward to Friday."

The teams face off on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center on 'Fan Appreciation Night' this Fri., Apr. 11 at 7:00 pm MT.

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LANGLEY, BC The Toronto Rock (6-9) scored early and often en route to a 17-9 win over the Vancouver Stealth (4-10) on Saturday night in Langley, British Columbia.

Garrett Billings was playing in his hometown for the first time in his pro career and didn't disappoint the locals by reaching the 100-point plateau for the 3rd consecutive season with 5 assists in the first quarter. He is the first player in NLL history to achieve the feat.

The Rock were hot out of the gate scoring a pair to take an early lead, but Vancouver responded with a pair of goals by former Rock forward Lewis Ratcliff. From there it was all Toronto, four straight goals to finish the quarter and took a 6-2 lead after one quarter. Goaltender Tyler Richards was replaced by Matt Roik in the Vancouver net after allowing 6 goals on 10 shots.

Toronto scored the first three goals of the quarter to make it 7 straight goals and lead 9-2. Both teams scored two more times each before the half was done as the Rock took an 11-4 lead to the break.

The second quarter wasn't without its casualties, as Rock forward Garrett Billings went down with a knee injury and did not return. He will be re-evaluated when the team returns home from the road trip.

The Rock opened scoring in the second half, but Vancouver stayed with with Toronto through the quarter. Kasey Beirnes completed his hat-trick and Stephan Leblanc and Colin Doyle each scored their fourth goals of the game.

Rob Hellyer led all Rock scorers with 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points. Not far behind was Leblanc who had 10 points (5 goals and 5 assists). Doyle also had 5 goals and added an assist.

Brandon Miller earned his first win as a member of the Rock making 36 saves in the Toronto goal.

The Toronto win means that the Rock can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Wings.

The Rock will return home for a pivotal game against the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday, April 12th at 7:00 pm at Air Canada Centre.

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The Calgary Roughnecks (10-5) clinched at least one home playoff game by completing an East weekend road sweep with a shocking 16-13 come-from-behind victory over the Buffalo Bandits (8-6) before a crowd of 16,606 at First Niagara Center on Saturday night. Read more at www.nll.com/news_article/show/373344

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