Rock falls to 0-3

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

The nightmarish start to the 2006 season continued for the Toronto Rock, which fell 14-9 to the Knighthawks.

The defending NLL champions are setting all kinds of franchise marks, but they aren't pretty ones.

For the first time in team history the Rock has begun the season at 0-3. Last night, in Rochester, N.Y., the Rock also set a new franchise record for most goals allowed in a half, surrendering 12, including seven in the second quarter.

Rochester came out flying in its home opener, building up a quick three-goal lead against a tired Toronto squad, playing one night after a tough 13-11 loss to the Buffalo Bandits. Rochester chased Rock goaltender Bob Watson from between the pipes in the second quarter after he allowed 10 goals on 20 shots.

"We just seemed to dig ourselves too big of a hole to climb out of," Rock captain Jim Veltman said.

The Rock trailed the Knighthawks 5-2 at the end of the first and 12-4 at the half.

In the second half, Toronto shooters ran into some bad luck, hitting five posts. However, the Rock outscored its division rivals 4-1 in the third quarter and started to claw its way back.

In the fourth quarter though, Rochester goalie Pat O'Toole was solid, allowing only one Rock goal. For the second night in a row the Rock outshot the opposition by a substantial margin, this time it was 54-38. On Friday, the Rock took 67 shots on the Bandits goal.

Rock general manager/ coach Terry Sanderson said the team is not panicking despite the poor start.

"We still believe in what we've got here," Sanderson said. "We're going to work out of this little funk ourselves."

The team will get its first chance to do that Saturday in Buffalo at HSBC Arena.


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