Rock, Rush, Swarm, and Knighthawks Win

TORONTO, ON The Toronto Rock (7-9) clinched a playoff berth with a 10-9 win on Saturday night over the Philadelphia Wings (5-11) at Air Canada Centre.

After scoring the opening goal of the game, Philadelphia's Kevin Crowley scored a pair to give the Wings a 2-1 lead. Toronto played catch up the rest of the opening quarter and ended the opening 15 minutes tied trailing 5-4.

Philadelphia scored shorthanded to increase their lead to a pair at 6-4. Toronto went on a three-goal run to take the lead for the first time since the opening minutes of the game. Philadelphia scored before the end of the half to leave things tied 7-7 at the half.

Five minutes into the third quarter, Rob Hellyer broke the tie with his third goal of the game. Jordan Hall struck on the power play with just over a minute left in the frame to once again tie the score, 8-8.

The Rock scored a pair of goals before the final quarter was two and a half minutes old. Kasey Beirnes and Stephan Leblanc scored for Toronto. Crowley responded late for Philadelphia but Rock goaltender Brandon Miller slammed the door on his former team, earning his first win at home as a member of the Rock.

Hellyer scored three times and added five assists for an eight-point night. Leblanc scored 3 times while Beirnes added a pair. Nick Diachenko and Josh Sanderson each had singles for Toronto.

Miller was spectacular in the Rock goal earning his second win in three starts with Toronto and making 48 saves in the process.

Toronto will close out their home schedule next Friday night when they host the Buffalo Bandits at 7:00 pm at Air Canada Centre.

- -

Toronto, ON Dropping a crucial must-win game to the Toronto Rock, the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) fell on the road. With the 10-9 loss to Toronto, the Wings lost the season series (Toronto wins 2-1) and were eliminated from qualifying for the 2014 NLL Playoffs.

Philadelphia opened the game ready to play for their playoff lives. Forward Kevin Crowley tallied the Wings' first two goals of the night in the initial third of the first quarter. Forwards Pat Saunders, Garrett Thul and Jordan Hall also had goals to give the Wings a 5-4 lead after the opening frame. Hall recorded his 400th career point.

Defender Stephen Hoar had his first goal of the season and first as a member of the Wings to kick off the second quarter. Toronto went on a three-goal scoring run to reclaim the lead late in the second. Forward Jordan Hall added his second goal of the night to tie the game before halftime.

The third quarter turned into a defensive stand for both teams. Each team was held to one goal. Forward Kevin Crowley recorded a hat trick and his ninth multi-goal game of the year. The game sat tied 8-8 heading to the final 15 minutes.

Toronto rallied in the final stanza to claim the final playoff spot in the NLL East Division. The Rock held Philadelphia to a single score and recorded two goals of their own. Wings Forward Kevin Crowley hit his milestone 100th career goal (fourth of the evening) late in the quarter. Philadelphia was not able to amount a comeback.

Forwards Kevin Crowley and Jordan Hall paced the Wings on offense. Combined, they amassed 11 of the team's 24 points. Both recorded personal milestones on the evening. Crowley earned the second star of the night for top performers.

Toronto was led by Forward Rob Hellyer who tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) on the night to lead all runners. Goalie Brandon Miller stifled his former squad late in the game to earn the victory. Hellyer earned the first star and Miller earned the third star for top performers of the game.

1 2 3 4    Next  »

2014-04-13



Create a free lacrosse website