Toronto Rock vs New England Black Wolves - Game Report - April 13, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Rob Hellyer scored a hat trick as the Toronto Rock came out with a narrow 13-12 win over the New England Black Wolves on Friday night.
Tom Schreiber added two goals and four assists, while Nick Rose made 35 stops in the win.
The rock also honored five-time champion Jim “Scoop” Veltman by retiring his jersey before the game. Veltman led the Rock to five championships in seven seasons in the NLL.
Steven Leblanc had two goals and helped set up six more for the Black Wolves, while Doug Jamieson stopped 37 shots.
The first quarter was fast-paced, with both teams getting a shot on goal each early. The Rock had built up a 3-1 lead with Challen Rogers’ spin move on a defender for his 14th of the year.
The Black Wolves staged a comeback in the first to tie it up at four with a spectacular highlight-worthy goal by Leblanc to Reilly O’Conner who jumped from behind the net and around to make it 4-4.
In the second quarter, the Balck Wolves started gaining momentum and after being tied at 5, scored two goals to make it 7-5. The half ended with the Black Wolves taking a 7-6 lead.
The second half was chippy and filled with great defense from both ends. O’Conner was there to tie it up at 10 for the visitors, but the Rock came back with a vengeance with Tom Schreiber making it 11-10 with less than a second on the clock to give the Toronto the lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Lintner netted his second of the night from the side of the net to make it 12-10, but New England scored two unanswered goals to try and complete the comeback to no avail. The Rock played a physical game until it was done, and came away with their 8th straight home win.