Del Halladay scored three of his five goals in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with 1:31 left to play, as the Washington Power edged the Toronto Rock 12-11 Saturday at the Capital Centre.
The Power got off to a slow start, being outshot 21-9 in the first quarter, but salvaged a 1-1 tie thanks to 20 saves from goalie Devin Dalep and an equalizing goal by Paul Gait at the 11:07 mark. Five of 13 Washington shots, including a pair by Gary Gait, got past netminder Anthony Cosmo to leave the Power with a 6-3 halftime lead, but a six-goal third period put Toronto up 9-8 with 15 minutes to play.
Halladay tied the score 1:39 into the seesaw fourth quarter, but Toronto's Colin Doyle took the goal back at the 2:58 mark. Halladay equalized again at 4:03, and Matt Shearer gave Washington an 11-10 edge 22 seconds later. A shorthanded tally by Toronto's Glenn Clark kept the game in suspense until the final seconds.
Paul Gait finished with three goals and four assists, while brother Gary added two goals and two assists. Doyle scored two goals and assisted on three others for the Rock. Kim Squire had two goals and two assists, and Jim Veltman two goals and one assist.
Dalep made 52 saves to defuse Toronto's 63-shot attack. Cosmo picked off 35 of 47 Washington shots, including 13 in the fourth quarter.