Schreiber And Rose Lead Rock To Victory

Cover photo courtesy of the Toronto Rock

The Toronto Rock (6-1) visited WestJet Field at Scotiabank Saddledome  to face the CalgaryRoughnecks (2-5).  Calgary was coming off an 11-10 loss to the New York Riptide the previous night, and were looking to avoid the weekend sweep at home.

The Rock got back two huge pieces of their defensive corps with Josh Jubenville and TD Ierlan both moving from the Injured Reserve List to the Active Roster. Ierlan had missed two games, but still leads the NLL with an unbelievable faceoff win percentage of 84%.  Jubenville had missed three games and his return will give the backend an infusion of speed and energy

The Riggers captain Jesse King has 42 points through six games this season including three goals and three assists the previous night against New York.  

The goaltending match-up had Nick Rose in net for Toronto against Christian Del Bianco in net for the Roughnecks.

Nick Rose was stellar in his 100th career win.  Rose, who made 38 saves in the win, was instrumental especially in the second half with a number of big saves to keep the Rock with the lead.   He was also a big reason the Roughnecks went 0 for 3 on the power-play.

Tom Schreiber led the way (2g,5a), while Mark Matthews (0g,5a) was the set up man.  For the Roughnecks, Haiden Dickson (3g,0a) led the way with Tanner Cook (1g,4a) being the playmaker.

“We’ve been notorious for coming out pretty slow,” said Mark Matthews.  “I think going out there with a purpose like we did in the first quarter, first half was big for us, and we got a little bit of a lead and then grind it out.”

Quote courtesy of the Toronto Rock

To The Game:

The Rock opened the scoring when Tom Schreiber fired  a laser with a pump fake off a Dan Craig pass at 1:20, but the Roughnecks came back when Haiden Dickson answered with a quick stick off a Tanner Cook pass at 2:54.

Tyler Hendryks gave the Rock the lead again with a howitzer off a rebound from a Mark Matthews shot at 5:31, but Tyler Pace answered just 0:13 seconds later converting a Jesse King feed on the backhand.

Thomas Hoggarth gave the Roughnecks their first lead of the night unassisted at 10:34 scooping a loose ball from the crease, but Dan Craig answered 0:25 seconds later when he fired an off-speed shot converting a Dan Lintner pass.

After one quarter, Toronto 3 Calgary 3.

Second Quarter:

Toronto opened the second quarter scoring on the power-play when Chris Boushy buried a rebound off a Corey Small shot at 0:49 seconds, followed by Tom Schreiber diving from behind the net off a Mark Matthews pass at 3:04.

The Roughnecks got on the board when Haiden Dickson scored his second of the game off a Tyler Pace feed, but Corey Small answered for the Rock on the power-play with another quick stick off a Tom Schreiber pass at 11:32.

At the half, Toronto 6 Calgary 4.

Third Quarter:

Toronto opened a three goal lead when Dan Craig beat Christian Del Bianco with a dunk shot on a delayed penalty at 11:06.  Calgary answered when Haiden Dickson scored his third of the night on a dive across the crease off a Tyler Pace feed at 8:55.

Tyler Hendryks scored his second of the night for Toronto when he came across the crease off a Mark Matthews pass at 10:25.

After three quarters, Toronto 8 Calgary 5.

Fourth Quarter:

The Roughnecks got back in the game with two quick goals.   The first was Tanner Cook converting a Shane Simpson pass at 1:01, followed by Jesse King with a one handed backhand shot also off a Simpson feed at 4:39, to make this a one goal game.

The Roughnecks were getting closer and closer to tying the game, but for the stellar play of Nick Rose in the Toronto net.  Corey Small finally gave the Rock a little breathing room with a quick stick blast low to the far corner off a Tom Schreiber pass at 9:59.

Final score, Toronto 9 Calgary 7.

***Of note, the win was the 100th in the career of Nick Rose.  Putting him in company with Matt Vinc, Pat O’Toole, Bob Watson, and Mike Poulin.

The Three Stars:

1. Nick Rose
2. Tom Schreiber
3. Dan Craig

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored the Roughnecks 45-41.
  • Faceoff’s were dominated by the Rock 14-6.
  • The loose ball battle was won by Toronto 75-66.
  • Toronto went 2 for 2 on the power-play, while Calgary went 0 for 3.

Top Scorers:

Toronto Rock:

  • Tom Schreiber 2g, 5a
  • Mark Matthews 0g, 5a
  • Dan Craig 2g,2a
  • Corey Small 2g, 2a

Calgary Roughnecks

  • Tanner Cook 1g, 3a
  • Haiden Dickson 3g, 0a
  • Tyler Pace 1g, 2a

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An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

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