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Incredible Finish Powers Rock To 14 13 Win

02/23/2002, 12:05pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

Kim Squire tied the score with a shorthanded goal 17 seconds before the buzzer, and scored on a power play 4:26 into overtime to push the Toronto Rock past the Calgary Roughnecks 14-13 in front of a Saturday matinee crowd of 17,138 at the Air Canada Centre.

The Rock trailed 13-11 with 1:05 left in regulation, when Steve Toll scored to start the dramatic comeback.

Both teams were streaky throughout regulation. After allowing the game-opening goal by Toronto's Blaine Manning, the Roughnecks surged ahead with a string of unanswered tallies by Jesse Phillips (7:20 and 9:59), John Kilbride (8:07) and Todd Katanchik (12:02). Goals by Squire and Manning pulled the Rock back within a point (4-3) with seconds left in the quarter.

The second quarter was a mirror image of the first, at least in the early going. Calgary's Matt Green opened the scoring, followed by four Rock goals, by Ken Millin, Murray, Colin Doyle and Dan Stroup. Phillips picked up two more goals for the Roughnecks before halftime, but Stroup's second goal of the period left Toronto up 8-7 at the intermission.

Both teams capitalized on power plays in the third. Ben Prepchuk and Squire traded extra-man goals, and Calgary's Chris Panos netted the 9-9 equalizer 23 seconds before the buzzer.

Toronto was the first to move ahead in the wild fourth quarter. Murray picked up his second tally less than a minute into the session, and Stroup completed a hat trick at 3:25, but Calgary pulled together for one last four-goal run. Kyle Goundrey started the flurry at 7:23, Kaleb Toth knotted the score 11-all at 8:15, Panos gave the Roughnecks the lead at 8:41 and Phillips added an insurance tally before the 9:00 mark.

Squire's four goals paced the Rock, but Calgary's Phillips led all scorers with five tallies. Doyle did his part for the winners as playmaker, setting up five goals.

Bob Watson took the win in goal, with 36 saves. Roughnecks netminder turned in a valiant effort with 66 saves, on 87 Toronto shots.

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