Rock Halt Rush Streak At Two, Get Needed Win

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Rock - Rush Friday March 21/08

Good Friday at the Air Canada Centre saw the Toronto Rock get back to their winning ways against the Edmonton Rush by a score of 14-10.  In a very important game for both teams the home crowd of 14,312 watched their team get a much needed victory to keep pace in the tighter than ever Eastern division.  Meanwhile Edmonton dropped to two games behind Portland for the last playoff position in the West.

It was Emergency Services night last night so I decided to capture the entire pregame festivities. The Durham Region Tactical Unit, which Rock defender Dan Ladouceur is a part of, opened up the game by descending from the rafters and then joining the Rock Dance Team to welcome the Toronto players onto the floor. The full seven minute intro is below:

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The game started out with a couple of back and forth goals, each team countering the others score, for the first few minutes. At the end of one quarter it was tied at two apiece.

In the second frame Toronto went on a tear with a 7-1 quarter, which pretty much was the story of the night. I will say that if Edmonton had, by my count, scored on only a few of the posts they hit in the first half, the score might have been a lot closer after two. Toronto themselves seemed early on to find more bars than mesh as well.

A very good night I felt for the Toronto defenders and transition players. As I mention in our recap below, Derek Suddons (3 assists) I thought created some opportunities in transition as did Cam Woods (1G, 1A), and Chris Driscoll (3 assists). Bob Watson played well in net stopping 43 of 52 shots. I’m sure the home crowd was pleased to see the team effort put forth by the Rock last night.

Rock - Rush Friday March 21/08To Edmonton’s credit, they did not give up, even when down 9-3 at the half. If they can take anything away form the loss, it is that they showed some desire in the second half, and did play far better than in the second quarter.  But being on the short end of any 7-1 quarter in this league can really hurt you and it did the Rush last night.

Edmonton has a good core of players, and some talented youth, that could put them into contention in the near future, but they are just not their yet from what I saw last night.

Other game Notes:

– Peter Lough owned the faceoff circle going 17-25.
– early in the game there was a lot of ringing of posts (more so in Toronto’s defensive end).
– the Rock defense seemed far more eager to pressure in their own end last night than in their last contest against the Titans.  This created turnovers that allowed the transition to get going.
– Toronto’s Matt Taylor scored his first three goals on the season in his first game, Aaron Wilson had 4G, Josh Sanderson had two nice early goals.
– Chris Gill and Lindsay Plunkett both had 2 Goals for Edmonton.
– In my opinion, goal of the night was one of Gill’s on the PP. Mike Accursi made a nice cross floor pass to Gill who was behind the net driving toward it. He took the pass, dove from behind on an angle toward the net, and scored before landing in the crease.
– the refs let them play; only 7 penalties on the night.

Game recap video is below:

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1 Comment

  1. You put a good spin on a dull, boring game. For the most part Edmonton applied little offence and shot selection was very poor. The Rush have players that can’t even catch the ball well–just big guys. As for the Rock they are not a very exciting team to watch and as much as the Announcer tried to stir up the crowd it was brief and the fans returned their hands to underneath their butts. I would rather see Marksy on the tricycle trying to pedal it during halftime-that would be exciting


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