Rock catch a break

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

In the aftermath of yesterday's 11-10 Rock victory over the expansion Chicago Shamrox, the National Lacrosse League gained both a high-profile supporter and opponent of video replay.

"We don't think we lost. They only scored 10 goals and we should be going to overtime," an agitated Shamrox coach/general manager Jamie Batley said after the Rock rallied from five goals down to win their third in a row after losing their first three games of the season.

Batley's displeasure stemmed from a disputed goal by Rock forward Aaron Wilson at 7:59 of the third quarter that cut the Chicago's five-goal lead to one, at 8-7.

Wilson's shot hit both the crossbar and post, but didn't appear to cross the goal line.

Batley, whose team has now lost two in a row by a single goal, said video review was something for the league's higher-ups to discuss, but said he would like to see replay observers allowed to call off clear no-goals.

"We've got a lot riding on every game, every goal, and that one wasn't in," he said.

Rock coach Glenn Clark, who said he hadn't seen a replay of the incident, took a more traditional approach.

"Right now, I don't think we need video replay," he said.

FOUR FOR WILSON

When informed by a reporter that the ball never went in, Clark said: "Okay, then we got a break, but I don't think we need video."

The controversial goal was one of four on the night by Wilson, who leads the Rock with 15 on the season. Kevin Fines added three in his best outing in a Rock uniform. Josh Sanderson, with two goals, and Blaine Manning completed the Rock scoring.

Tied 8-8 after three quarters, the teams twice exchanged goals in the fourth before Sanderson settled it on a power play with less than three minutes remaining.

The Rock dug itself a hole in the first half, thanks to some brutal special-teams play, which provoked loud grumbling from the 15,200 on hand at the Air Canada Centre. Chicago netted three short-handed goals and three on the power-play in the half to take an 8-4 lead.

And while Chicago had outscored opponents 39-26 in second halves coming in, it was held goalless in the third quarter yesterday and was outscored 7-2 in the half.

Mat Giles led the Shamrox attack with three goals and two assists.

Rock goalie Bob Watson played his third great game in a row, stopping 46 of 56 shots.

The Rock travels to Calgary on Friday for the front end of a home-and-home series with the Roughnecks.

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REPORT CARD

C + Forwards: Out of sync in the first half, but much more explosive in the second with the transition threat of Kevin Fines.

B + Defence: Gave up too many quality chances, but goalie Bob Watson was terrific in holding Chicago off the board for the entire third quarter.


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