The Rochester Knighthawks' six-game winning streak ended Saturday at the Air Canada Centre, as Dan Stroup and netminder Bob Watson led the Toronto Rock to a 14-9 victory in front of a near-sellout crowd of 18,543.
Stroup scored three goals, including two in the third quarter to help Toronto open up a 12-6 lead.
The Rock took command early. Glenn Clark opened the scoring at :53 of the opening period, catching Rochester netminder Pat O'Toole out of the net. Kim Squire, Steve Toll and Colin Doyle also scored to leave Toronto up 4-0 with three minutes left in the quarter.
The normally balanced Rochester offense was nowhere to be seen on Saturday, thanks in large part to Watson's clutch goaltending. John Grant kept the Knighthawks in the game with six goals, including a 2?-minute second-quarter hat trick to tie the score at 5-5. Toronto held off the rally, however, and finished the half with an 8-6 advantage after goals from Blaine Manning, Jim Veltman and Toll.
Doyle, Toll, Veltman and Kim Squire each contributed two goals for the Rock.
D'arcy Sweet, Derek Malawsky and Cory Bomberry rounded out the Knighthawks scoring with a goal apiece.
Rochester has never won a game in Toronto. Their six all-time losses include the 1999 and 2000 NLL Championship tilts.