Manning, Marshall “Rock” in Toronto Victory

Toronto - CalgaryBlaine Manning’s third goal of the night with only 1:17 remaining in the game surged the Toronto Rock past the Calgary Roughnecks at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night. Rob Marshall added an empty netter and the Rock came out on top of Calgary by a 9-7 final score.  The win put Toronto two games over .500 at 5 wins and 3 losses while Calgary’s slips to 3 wins and 6 losses.

The game started out interesting and it didn’t take the fans long to get into the spirit, with Scott Campbell and Ryan McNish exchanging pleasantries only 5 seconds into the game. However, those two penalties would account for two of only eleven called on the night. Neither Power Play had a lot of chances, but were relatively ineffective with Calgary cashing in only once in four tries, while Toronto scored one on five chances.

It was my own feeling that Toronto had no reason early on in the game to win, but remember stating that they probably would. Calgary looked to me to be the better team for much of the first half, but could never build more than a two goal lead and put Toronto away. Bob Watson and the Rock defense closed the door in the third quarter and entire fourth on Calgary’s offense, shutting them down for the last twenty-one minutes or so.  Meanwhile, Pat Campbell also looked very good in the Calgary net, and Calgary’s swarming pressure defense seemed to stymie Toronto early on.  

Toronto - CalgaryBlaine Manning and Rob Marshall both played well for Toronto, scoring at important times in the game. During a 5 on 3 (one penalty a five minute major to Jon Harasym), Calgary scored only once. Toronto buckled down for the remainder of the two man advantage, and scored a nice shorthanded effort by Marshall during the 5 on 4 portion of the same Calgary Power Play.

As mentioned in our This Week In Lacrosse segment this past week, Ron and I were able to do a quick pre-game intro, just as the game was starting. For those not able to get down to the ACC last night, you missed a pretty loud house.  Our pregame is below:

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After the game Ron and I also did a quick recap of the night, and had a special guest with us to share a few comments about the Toronto Rock effort.

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A special thanks to Rock Coach Glenn Clark for joining us.

Other game notes:

– yet another nice touch by the Rock acknowledging Terry Sanderson, Kaleb Toth, and Pat Campbell prior to the game
– a few phantom calls (Shattler’s penatly on Rob Marshall was clearly no contact at all).
– possibly the nicest goal (possibly as there were some beauties) was the disallowed goal by (I think) Shattler, as he was called in the crease on a breakaway.
– Calgary’s offense seemed to struggle for much of the night (outside of Shattler, Ratcliff, Ranger). Then again so did Toronto’s; maybe it was just solid goaltending at both ends
– both PP’s were not impressive tonight (or the PK was good at both ends)
– Rock captain Jim Veltman returned to action while Riggers captain Tracey Kelusky is still sidelined with a concussion

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3 Comments

  1. Way to many turnovers/unforced errors on offense by Toronto. Driscoll coughing up balls on transition is killer, going down 1 on 2, 1 on 3 and bombing 30 footers while the lines are changing, it baffles me.

  2. Hey! I was at this game! I didn’t know you were there Marksy. I was beside the guy that won the trip from 94.9. I kept pushing my friend I brought with me onto the big screen haha

  3. Hey gentlemen!
    Keep up the outstanding work. I watched the Rock game afterwards (PVR) and I have to say it was one of the best goaltending battles I have seen in a very long time. It was cool to see an “on location” broadcast from LITG. Can’t wait to hear what you guys have to say about this week’s action. Buffalo/Philly, holy smokes!


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