The power finally went back on for the Rock last night in Buffalo, as the team rode excellent extra-man play to its first victory of the season, 14-10 over the Bandits.
The 1-3 Rock took it to the 2-3 Bandits early, grabbing a quick 4-1 lead on the strength of three power play tallies off of six chances. The club connected three more times with the advantage in the second, leading to a 9-4 halftime edge.
Though the Rock went 0-6 on the power play in the second half, the damage already had been done.
"The power play helped kick-start the offence, it helped the guys get into a groove," said Rock coach Glenn Clark in a phone interview after collecting the first victory of his career.
Buffalo had just five extra-man opportunites, converting two into goals.
Bob Watson had a strong outing in goal for the Rock, stopping 30 of 40 chances, and forward Blaine Manning had 11 points.
Josh Sanderson and Aaron Wilson added three goals and three assists each for Toronto.
The two teams play again tonight at the ACC and Clark said his club is not satisfied with just one win.
"This feels like halftime," Clark said. "We want two games out of this weekend."