Sanderson's Seven Lead Rock Past Wings
from Press Release
Oakville, ON – The Toronto Rock defeated the Philadelphia Wings 12-9 in exhibition play at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville on Saturday night.
In the opening quarter, Philadelphia opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the first 3 minutes of play to lead 2-0. The Rock answered with a pair but the Wings got those two goals back in short order to restore their two-goal edge. Rock defender Damon Edwards scored his second of the quarter to close the gap to 4-3 after one quarter.
The visitors got the first goal of the second quarter to lead 5-3 but Rock forward Eric Law scored just 47 seconds later to once again bring the Rock to within a goal. Rock captain Colin Doyle scored on the powerplay to tie the game 5-5. Philadelphia's Jordan Hall scored his third goal of the half to put the Wings up 6-5 at the break.
The first ten-plus minutes saw both teams fail to get on the board. Doyle changed that with his second of the game to tie the game 6-6. Rob Hellyer and Scott Johnston each scored once to give the Rock an 8-6 lead. Philadelphia scored with just 3 seconds left in the frame and trailed 8-7 after 45 minutes of play.
Toronto surrendered the first goal of the fourth quarter and the game was once again tied. The two clubs would trade goals before the Rock rattled off the final three goals of the game to surge ahead and hold on for a three-goal win.
Nick Rose relieved Zak Boychuk in the Rock goal to begin the second half and allowed just three goals in earning the win.
Josh Sanderson led the scoring parade for the Rock with three goals and four assists for a seven-point night. Other Rock goal scorers were Doyle with three, Edwards and Rob Hellyer each with a pair while Law and Johnston chipped in with singles.