Clark’s Return Sparks Rock To Victory

Toronto - BuffaloIt has been a long few weeks I’m sure for Toronto Rock Head Coach Glenn Clark. After dealing with the issues surrounding his post game “incident” with Minnesota’s Sean Pollock, and being reinstated by NLL commissioner Jim Jennings this week, Clark returned to the bench Friday night at the Air Canada Centre in a pivotal game against the Buffalo Bandits. Both Eastern Division teams were 3-3 heading into the game.

You might say Buffalo limped into town, with key player Kevin Dostie and starting goalie Mike Thomson both not in the lineup. While the rumors had Mark Steenhuis not playing either, he did play, as did Delby Powless who was noticeably not at 100%. Having said that the Bandits played a very respectable contest, and with under eight minutes left in the game, had a shot at the win, tied at 8-8.

The full game was fast paced, with very few whistles, and a lot of end to end play. Both Bob Watson (player of the game), and Ken Montour looked good on the night, making some big saves at important times of the game. Montour, filling in for Mike Thomson chipped in with two assists, and Watson had one for Toronto. Toronto held leads of 3-1 after a quarter, 5-3 at the half, 7-4 after three, and the 11-8 win.

Aaron Wilson (2, 4), and Blaine Manning (1-5) each had six points for the Rock, with Josh Sanderson (1-3), and Ryan Benesch (1-3) each contributing four. Steenhuis, John Tavares, and Roger Vyse each had 2 goals for Buffalo.

Toronto - BuffaloThe Rock are off for a couple of weeks now, playing next at home against Calgary (March 1st), while Buffalo is right back at it at home tonight against the undefeated (6-0) Minnesota Swarm.

Other game notes:
– the Rock organization showed a lot of class prior to the game acknowledging John Tavares’ recent accomplishment.  He surpassed Gary Gait in all time goals scored in the NLL (nice touch Toronto, and the fans for showing their support of JT’s efforts).
– sweetest goal of the night went to Buffalo’s Andrew Lazore. While Toronto goalie Bob Watson was extending himself outside of the crease attempting to scoop up a loose ball, Lazore grabbed it away from Watson’s reach with one hand, and threw a nice one handed back hand into the yawning net.
– Peter Lough was 15-20 on face-offs for Toronto.
– The Bandits were penalized four times on the night for too many players on the floor
– Toronto was 2-7 on the Power Play while Buffalo was 1-2

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  1. That was a good lacrosse game to watch ,if you wanted an example of what Gary and I were talking about last week . The refs let the players dictate the flow of the game ,the end result a wide open ,spirited contest that wasnt “in the bag “for anyone till late in the game . Congratulations to the officials for a job well done .
    This is the type of game that could once again fill the ACC, take note NLL..


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