Tonight at Winnipeg Arena the Rock took no notice to the sub zero temperatures outside and turned up the heat on the new look Ottawa Rebel. In front of 5,459 fans the Rock defeated the Rebel 11-8. The Rock had control of the game from the start open a 2-0 first quarter lead with goals from Todd Richard and Colin Doyle.
As the butterflies settled for both teams as the goals started to flow. The teams combined for a total of 9-goals in the 2nd quarter. Doyle added his second of the game at 7:59 of the second quarter while teammates Toll, Chapman and Livingstone added singles, the score at the half was Toronto 6, Ottawa 5.
The third quarter was full of physical confrontation between the two teams but Wayne Burke was the lone goal scorer of the quarter.
But the Rebel did not give in to the returning Champion's opening the scoring in the fourth quarter. But that wasn't enough as the 2002 Champion's Cup MVP, Colin Doyle and 2002 Rookie of the year,, Blaine Manning, dominated the offensive end of the floor adding a goal each. Richard and Chapman helped the cause scoring a goal each to advance their goal total to 2-each. The Rock's Colin Doyle was named game MVP scoring 3-goals and assisting 2 times. Other Rock noteables were Captain Jim Veltman with 5-assists, Blaine Manning with 1-goal and 3 assists and Steve Toll with 1-goal and 3 assists.
"We had to go out and give it our best shot. We brought a fairly young team, that showed us the decision ahead would not be an easy one. All our youngss guys gave it there all and just made the decision making process that much harder" Joked Les Bartley, Rock Head Coach.
The Rock will use this game to assess the roster for the upcoming season as the roster deadline is set for December 17, 2002.