as reported from the comforts of the home couch
The Toronto Rock and Calgary Roughnecks opened up their 2012 season on Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It was a special evening for all Rock players, and fans as they hoisted the 2011 Championship banner prior to the game.
And the Rock opened up the way they ended their 2011 season; simply put, on fire! Toronto made the first quarter their own scoring five times, while Calgary was held scoreless. Of course as we have seen so many times in past seasons, the Roughnecks returned the favour in quarters two and three, scoring seven of the next eight goals of the game en route to a 12-9 road win.
Toronto held leads of 5-0 after one quarter, and 6-3 at the half. Calgary then took over the second half tying the game at 8-8 after three, and outscoring Toronto 4-1 in the final frame for the win.
Matt Roik started in net for Toronto, stopping 32 of 44 shots. Mike Poulin who was in net for Calgary stopped 21 of 30 shots.
Dane Dobbie was huge on the night for Calgary scoring 3 and assisting on 3 others.Newly acquired Shawn Evans scored twice as did Scott Ranger. Singles went to Scott Ranger, Cory Conway, Daryl Veltman, Mike Carnegie and Curtis Dickson. Dickson would also add 4 assists.
For Toronto, nine different players scored once each; Sandy Chapman, Colin Doyle, Stephen Hoar, Garrett Billings, Dan Carey, Blaine Manning, Phil Sanderson, Josh Sanderson, and Kasey Biernes. Doyle also added 3 assists.
It ended up being a see saw affair, but was one that the Rock looked to put away early. Calgary showed grit and determination battling back to take a very raucous Toronto crowd back out of the game as they were flying high early on.
– LITG was denied Press access this season to the Rock home games, therefore all game recaps this season will be done from the remote couch (thanks to TSN). However, we will still be in Calgary reporting from all of the Roughnecks home games.
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