Last Night: Toronto Rock edges Edmonton Rush to cap perfect weekend out West

Toronto goalie Nick Rose made 89 saves in 2 wins, including 44 on Sunday against the Rush. (Photo: Toronto Rock)
Toronto goalie Nick Rose made 89 saves in 2 wins, including 44 on Sunday against the Rush. (Photo: Toronto Rock)

It’s how you finish that counts, right? As for starts, the Toronto Rock will take this one, too. At least in the grander scheme of things. A pair of minor penalties in the first minute of Sunday’s game at the Edmonton Rush did not bode well for the Rock, but the Toronto side overcame 2 early power-play goals by the Rush and finished with a 10-9 win. It capped a 2-0 road trip for the Rock, who on Saturday night defeated the Calgary Roughnecks to kick off their National Lacrosse League season with a perfect start. “It’s absolutely huge,” Rock coach Troy Cordingley told the team’s website. “To come out of this road trip with a pair of wins over two incredibly talented teams says a lot about the character of our group.”

The Rush, an NLL finalist last season, and their re-tooled roster remained on task and took a 6-5 lead into halftime as rookies Mark Matthews and Curtis Knight combined to score 4 of Edmonton’s 6 first-half goals. And 3 of those goals came on the power play.

Toronto regrouped in the second half to outscore the Rush 5-3 with Scott Evans scoring 2 goals in the third quarter and Kasey Beirnes and Rob Hellyer each scoring in the fourth to hold off the Rush. Goalie Nick Rose outdueled his Edmonton counterpart, Aaron Bold, making 44 saves. He made 20 saves on 23 shots in the second half and allowed just 1 goal on 12 shots in the fourth quarter.

The Rock are the early leaders in the East Division with a 2-0 record after starting the 2012 season with losses in their first 2 games. The Rock play their home opener on Saturday against Philadelphia.

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Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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