Rock Win Crucial Game vs Knighthawks

It was a wild night in Toronto on Saturday night for what was a huge game between the Rock and the Rochester Knighthawks. The Rock, in front of 14,812 fans, built a lead early and unlike the last few Home games, kept the momentum cruising to a 16-10 win.

Lewis Ratcliff led the charge for Toronto on the night with five goals, while Luke Wiles scored three, adding three assists. Bill McGlone and Craig Conn scored twice with singles going to Stephen Hoar, Peter Lough, Nick Carson, and Rob Marshall. Marshall’s goal was a beauty, and came at a perfect time for Toronto. The Rock were on a run to the penalty box, having taken five consecutive penalties between the end of the first and the start of the second quarter. They were two men short and were killing a bit of the clock, when Chris Driscoll fed a pass to Marshall. He waltzed down the middle of the floor and buried a nice shot past Paddy O’Toole. The score at the time was 5-3 Toronto and Rochester could easily have turned the game in their favour but were unsuccessful.

For Rochester, Jason Henhawk scored three, with singles going to Shawn Evans, Craig Point, Steve Toll, Shawn Williams, Bobby McBride and Gary Gait. Williams also had five assists. It seemed all night that the recent resurging offence in Rochester just could not get anything going.

As I’ve mentioned in the last few games the Rock came out with an abundance of energy and tonight all areas played to their potential. The offense was clicking early, the defense held Rochester in check and the goaltending of Bob Watson, had the Home fans cheering all night. Watson stopped 38 of 48 shots and earned Player of the Game for his effort.

With the win, Toronto jumped into 4th place in the Eastern Division over Rochester, and the idle Philadelphia Wings. Rochester does have a game in hand on both Toronto and Philadelphia.

Other Game Notes:

– there was an air of excitement all night in the building and Toronto fans showed their appreciation for the effort at the completion of the game.
– Toronto was 2-4 on the PP, Rochester went 3-7.
– shots were 53-48 in favour of Toronto, Rochester won the face-off battle going 17-29.
– Messer is now 2-0 as a Rock announcer, and I was able to help him out tonight in the booth. It is a pretty hectic area but really neat to see all of the things that go on behind the scenes at an NLL game.
– The Rock do the Western Road trip next weekend when they face Calgary on Friday night, and Edmonton on Saturday night. Rochester is next in action next Saturday when they face the 2nd place Boston Blazers at the Blue Cross Arena.



  1. No mention of the half time skills competition featuring Whitby’s Mitch (Hands) Wake.

  2. I wouldn’t classify it as a major offensive move by Toronto. It was a defensive game. Toronto had a defense, Rochester did not. Congrats to Bats, shame on you Paul Gait.

  3. At 16-10, I disagree that this was a defensive game. Their last game in Boston a 9-8 OT win on a total of 107 shots on goal was a little more defensive game. Or the 8-6 loss against Buffalo.

    But was Toronto’s offense good or Rochesters D bad? We could discuss all day.

    Toronto has only scored more than 10 goals in 5 of their games (winning 4). So scoring 16 is a bit of an offensive breakout no matter how you call it.

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