April 28, 2012

Billings Falls Short of Grant, Sets Assists Mark

from press release

Garrett Billings closed a magical season by clinching a pair of records, but came up a little short in his bid to get perhaps the most noteworthy.

Billings finished with eight points as the Toronto Rock wrapped up the regular season with a 12-11 win over the Edmonton Rush on Saturday night.

Billings, who had five goals and three assists at Rexall Place, ended up with 114 points to finish alone in third on the all-time single-season list.

Earlier on Saturday, Colorado's John Grant Jr. became the all-time single-season scoring leader after finishing with his 116th point in the Mammoth's 16-13 loss to Minnesota. Grant broke the record of 115 set by Buffalo's John Tavares in 2011.

However, Billings broke Colin Doyle's club record for most points in a season, and set a new league-best for assists in a season with 82.

The defending NLL champion Rock (9-7) won the East Division title – their first since 2005 – after Philadelphia lost at Rochester on Saturday. Toronto, which has won five of six, will face Buffalo in an Eastern Division Semifinal next Saturday at the Air Canada Centre.

Edmonton's Shawn Williams had five points (three goals, two assists) and closed the regular season with his ironman streak reaching 196 games.

The Rush (6-10) open their playoff schedule next Saturday night against Calgary, the top seed overall.

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