Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nick Rose Earns Win in Debut with Rock; Toronto Downs Rochester 13-7: Nick Rose Wins Debut with Rock 13-7

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nick Rose Earns Win in Debut with Rock; Toronto Downs Rochester 13-7: Nick Rose Wins Debut with Rock 13-7

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The Toronto Rock found the spark they needed with a new goaltender in net.

Toronto played its best game of the National Lacrosse League season in support of newly-acquired Nick Rose and defeated the Rochester Knighthawks 13-7 on Saturday night.

Rose allowed only one first-half goal in his first professional start. Coach Troy Cordingley had hoped for this kind of determined effort from his players when, after three straight losses, general manager Terry Sanderson released veteran Matt Roik on Monday and acquired Rose from Calgary for a draft pick.

"We had something to prove," said Cordingley. "We got booed off the floor by our fans last game and rightly so because we were God-awful.

"There are a lot of guys in our room who have a lot of pride, character and heart. Enough is enough -- we talked about it all week, and they came out and proved they are better than they'd been showing."

Dan Carey and Colin Doyle scored three goals each for the Rock (5-6), while Brendan Thenhaus, Garrett Billings and Kasey Beirnes got two each and Stephan Leblanc added one.

Rose, a backup in Boston for three years and in Calgary this year, got one previous win in relief earlier in his career. He participated in his first Rock practice on Tuesday after flying in from Coquitlam, B.C., where he has been living.

"It was a hectic few days," he said. "That's the life of an NLLer, I guess.

"Our defencemen played incredible tonight. They put on a show. I'm grateful they played that well."

Jarrett Davis, Craig Point and Cody Jamieson scored two each and Mark Vitarelli got one for the Knighthawks (5-6).

Toronto took second place in the East ahead of Rochester on the strength of sweeping the season series 3-0 and gaining the standings tiebreaker.

"It was embarrassing in front of our home crowd," said Knighthawks captain Pat McCready. "It was a terrible effort on our part."

It was an odd first quarter as Davis scored the only goal at 10:06 by wildly flinging the ball in while lying on his back after being checked to the floor. …

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