March 24, 2012
Goalie Rose moves to Rock
By RICHARD MAUNTAH, QMI Agency
TORONTO - A lot of times lately, goalkeeper Matt Roik was pulled from games to give the Toronto Rock a spark.
With the team in the midst of a three-game losing skid, they pulled him again, this time for good.
The Rock acquired Nick Rose in a trade-deadline day deal Tuesday from Calgary. In exchange, the Roughnecks get Toronto's first round pick in the 2014 draft. The Rock would also get a second-round pick in 2014 if they do not make the National Lacrosse League final.
It's likely Rose will get the nod in net when the Rock travel to Rochester to face the Knighthawks tonight.
"We felt we had to do something," assistant coach and GM Terry Sanderson said. "We decided to go a younger route with Nick."
Roik went 4-4 with a 12.52 goals-against average. It wasn't that he was playing poorly overall, despite last Friday's 21-14 loss to the Buffalo Bandits, where he again shared time with backup Pat Campbell. But there was no real chemistry.
"We know people wanted to throw blame Matt's way but it wasn't the case at all," Sanderson said.
Rose, who was drafted by the Rock in 2008, has only played 32 minutes this season for the Roughnecks.
The Knighthawks (6-4) defeated the Bandits last Saturday but coach Mike Hasen still feels the team is not where it needs to be.
"The biggest thing is we can't play a full 60 minutes," he said. "We have had a few good runs then have a few lapses."