Tonight the Toronto Rock took on the New England Black Wolves in the last home game for the regular season at the ACC. This was their second last game of the year and they went into the game in first place with a 12-4 record. Rochester is hot on their heals just one game back. Of course, Teena and I were there.
Earlier this week the Toronto Raptors clinch first place in their division. The Rock are looking to do the same.
The Rock have six NLL Championship banners hanging high above the ACC. Their last championship was in 2011 and we're hoping to correct that this year.
First comes the team huddle and then the face-off.
The Rock were pretty sloppy in the first quarter, but came away at the end of it with a 3-2 lead. Some action shots.
My work-mate Mathew was at the game too, in the grey sweater.
So were the Toronto Rock Cheerleaders.
In the second quarter was a major slug-fest between Toronto`s Billy Hostrawser and New England`s Craig England. Hostrawser clearly won!
At the half the Rock went into the dressing room with a 5-4 lead. More action.
In the third quarter, the Rock Cheerleaders came out again for a show.
Iggy was in fine form.
After New England opened the scoring in the fourth to tie the game, the Rock took control and scored the next four goals and ended the third quarter with a 10-7 lead. The Rocks Jesse Gamble got into it with the Black Wolves Mike Manley. It was close, but I think we took that one too.
No goal as we are clearly in the crease.
The Rock maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter and took the game 15-12 and in the process set a team record for most wins in a season at 13.
Rochester lost tonight giving the Rock some breathing room at the top. One more Rock win, or Rochester loss means the Rock clinches first place and a first round playoff bye.
The team gathered at centre field and Sandy Chapman took the mike to thank the fans for supporting them all season. I like that touch, which doesn't happen in other sports.
Brandon Miller was sensational in goal making 58 saves, many of them quite spectacular. He was interviewed for the fans afterwords.
Teena and I are looking forward to the playoffs. One great thing about being a season ticket holder is that the first home playoff game is free. We'll be there cheering them on, hopefully for the division championship.