Rock hammer Rochester to sweep series

DAN ILIKA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

The Rock rolled through Rochester as it cruised to a convincing 13-6 victory over the division-rival Knighthawks Saturday night.

The game was the team's second win in as many nights against the 'Hawks as the two played a home-and-home series to mark the halfway point of the season.

Toronto got off to a shaky start as it couldn't find the net, forcing up outside shot after outside shot en route to an uncharacteristic 1-1 first quarter.

The sleeping giants awoke for Toronto in the second quarter, though, as it scored five times in the frame including four in a row as the team had an answer for everything Rochester threw its way.

Rochester and Toronto exchanged shorthanded goals early in the second quarter, but it was Toronto that took control with precision passing and outstanding net-minding from keeper Bob Watson.

Toronto had three power play goals in the quarter to provide the offensive firepower for a team that was in desperate need of just that.

The second half proved to be much the same, as Toronto choked out the Knighthawks offence with suffocating defence that the home team couldn't overcome, as it took Rochester until the fourth to mount a multi-goal quarter on the night.

Toronto's offence continued to manhandle the Rochester defence as it almost scored at will.

The team put up 47 shots on the night, connecting on 13 of them to give Toronto back-to-back double-digit goal games after stringing together three single-digit showings in a row.

Forward Stephan Leblanc finally found his shooter's touch on the night, scoring a hat trick to give him 20 goals on the season.

Fresh off his 100th career win Watson proved why he's considered one of the best to play the game, as he stopped 38 shots to push his season record to 7-1.

After struggling mightily through the first seven games of the season Toronto's power play finally hit its stride as the team went 4-for-12 on the man advantage against a poor Rochester penalty kill.

With the win Toronto (7-2) swept the season series against Rochester (4-4) as it remains atop the league halfway through the season.

The sweep marks the first time Toronto has done so in the regular season against the Knighthawks.

Next up for the Rock will be a tilt on the road against the Philadelphia Wings next Saturday.


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