March 27, 2009

Toronto Wins Third Straight

from press release

CALGARY - The Toronto Rock continued their surge in the second half of the season, defeating the Calgary Roughnecks 12-10 at Pengrowth Saddledome on Friday night. Lewis Ratcliff scored five goals as the Rock (5-7) won their third straight.

In the first quarter, former Roughneck Lewis Ratcliff scored the first two goals of the game, as Toronto took a 2-0 lead. For Calgary, former Rock player Kaleb Toth scored twice in the quarter. The game was tied 3-3 after the first quarter.

The Rock dominated the second quarter. Ratcliff and Kasy Biernes each scored twice, and Bob Watson stopped eight out of the ten shots faced. After the eighth Toront goal, the Roughnecks pulled starting goaltender Matt King and sent in Pat Campbell. Toronto led 9-5 at halftime.

The goaltending change proved effective. Campbell stopped all ten of the Rock shots on goal, while Toth and Dane Dobbie scored to bring Calgary to within two at 9-7.

In the fourth quarter, goals by Dobbie and Josh Sanderson tied the game at 9-9 with twelve minutes remaining. Midway through the fourth, Blaine Manning stepped up for the Rock, scoring two goals within a minute of each other. Moments later, Ratcliff scored his fifth goal of the game to give Toronto a 12-9 lead. That was more than enough for Watson and the Rock defense, en route to the 12-10 victory.

With the win, Toronto improves to 5-7 and continues their second half of the season revival. The Rock are now tied for fourth place, percentage points behind Rochester (4-6).

Despite the loss, Calgary (8-3) can still clinch a playoff berth this weekend, with a win on Saturday and at least one San Jose loss, or with two San Jose losses and an Edmonton loss.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday night. Toronto heads north to face the Edmonton Rush, while Calgary heads east to face the Minnesota Swarm.

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