March 8, 2013

Doyle's Eight Points Pushes Rock Past Mammoth

from press release

TORONTO – The Toronto Rock (7-3) defeated the Colorado Mammoth (2-7) by a score of 14-10 on Friday night at Air Canada Centre.

The Rock's Blaine Manning opened the scoring for Toronto but Colorado answered that with four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead. Colin Doyle scored on the powerplay before the end of the opening 15 to draw the Rock to within a pair.

A back and forth second quarter saw the Rock eventually surge ahead 7-6 on a goal by Doyle. With tallies from Blaine Manning and Kasey Beirnes, it was five straight goals for the Rock and a 9-6 lead at the half.

Colorado broke up that five-goal run in a hurry in the second half as they scored twice to claw right back into things. Garrett Billings found his groove on the power play with a goal that kept the Mammoth at an arms length, but only for a moment as John Grant Jr. again closed the gap. The Rock scored once more before the end of the frame to lead 11-9.

Adam Jones made it a one-goal game once again just 3:41 into the fourth quarter. Toronto would again have the answer as Manning scored on the power play to put Toronto up 12-10. Jesse Gamble's second goal of the game with less than two minutes to play sealed the Rock win. Gamble added his third of the game on a penalty shot in the final moments of the quarter.

Doyle led the Rock point parade with 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists). Billings' 7-point night (1 goal, 6 assists) moved him past Aaron Wilson into fifth spot on Toronto's all-time scoring list with 338 points.

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