Rock look to playoffs

STEVEN SANDOR -- 24 Hours Toronto

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

The Rock's playoff fortunes look a lot better today than they did in the dying minutes of their must-win game Saturday night against the Philadelphia Wings.

Needing a win to stay alive in the National Lacrosse League playoff race, the Rock found itself down 14-8 in the fourth quarter. Instead of folding, the Rock showed the 18,400 in attendance why the team is the defending league champion, scoring six times in the final frame, including two goals by Aarson Wilson in the last minute with goaltender Bob Watson pulled for the extra attacker.

Colin Doyle then won the game in overtime with a bullet shot. Final score: Rock 15, Wings 14.

"I closed my eyes and shot it as hard as I could," said Doyle.

It was easily the most exciting comeback, in any sport, played in the short history of the Air Canada Centre.

Coupled with the Minnesota Swarm's weekend loss to Rochester, the win moved the Rock to second place in the Eastern Division. The Rock will host a playoff game if the team can beat Rochester this Saturday.

"It was pretty bleak in the fourth quarter," admitted captain Jim Veltman. "But you have to find a way not to lose. We just took it one goal at a time, to see what happens."

"We took it as far as we could go," said All-Star forward Blaine Manning. "We knew we were down to our last life."

And even though the Rock won't catch the Buffalo Bandits for first spot in the East, Doyle feels the comeback win sends a message that the road to the championship will still need to go through Toronto.

"To us, that was a playoff game," said Doyle. "To win it that way, that will just build our confidence."

Veltman, who has been with the Rock since Day 1 of the franchise, said he's not sure where to place Saturday's win in terms of the greatest games in which he's played.

"Once we win the championship, I'll tell you where it rates," he said.


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