Rock power play AWOL

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

After tonight's game at the Air Canada Centre, the National Lacrosse League will have only one remaining winless squad.

Whether that team is the expansion Edmonton Rush or the defending champion Rock is the question.

The 0-4 Rock finds itself hanging around the league's basement with the 0-3 Rush, largely because a once-formidable power play has gone south in a big way.

The Rock went just 4-for-10 on the power play and squandered a number of two-man chances in last Saturday's 13-10 loss to the Buffalo Bandits.

Colin Doyle, the defending league MVP who leads the NLL in scoring again with 24 points, said the power play cost the Rock that game.

"Last year we had the best power play in the league and now this year, we're really struggling to find the net and it's hurting our team," Doyle said after the loss.

Rock coach/general manager Terry Sanderson can't put his finger on why the team only is fifth in the league with the man advantage, but is hopeful things will turn around.

"We are working at it at practice," he said. "Sooner or later, we've got to break out and (tonight) would be a good time to start."

Of equal concern to Sanderson is the Rock's dismal play short-handed. Only the expansion Portland Lumberjax have been worse in that category.

TROUBLES OF THEIR OWN

Luckily for the Rock, Edmonton has had troubles of its own on the power play. The offensively anemic club went 1-for-7 with the extra man last week after a 3-for-12 effort the previous game.

The team's defence is solid and Paul Day, who compiled a stellar 75-39 record with Rochester, provides a steady hand behind the bench, but the team lacks the finishers -- outside of former Rock forward Jim Quinlan -- required to collect many wins.

ROCK NOTES

Voting now is underway at nll.com for the starting lineups for the all-star game, to be held February 25th at the ACC.


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