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Rock Win A Thriller Over Knighthawks, 11 10

02/22/2003, 10:28am EST
By National Lacrosse League

Aaron Wilson scored with 45 seconds remaining to break a 10-10 tie and lift the Toronto Rock to an 11-10 victory over the Rochester Knighthawks at the Air Canada Centre.

Rochester jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, with a pair of goals from John Grant, followed by a score from Cory Bomberry. The Rock responded, with Jim Veltman putting in two in a row, followed by a Steve Toll goal to notch the game at a 3-3 tie after one quarter.

Veltman scored again to start the second, but Rochester rattled off three straight, taking a 6-4 lead. Toronto responded with a four goal run to take an 8-6 lead into the locker rooms.

Kevin Finneran and Ted Jenner were the only scorers in the third, making the score 9-7 Rock with only 15 minutes to play.

The Knighthawks took control of the game, with Jeremy Hollenbeck and Derek Malawsky scoring to tie the game, 9-9, halfway through the final quarter. Kevin Finneran scored a power-play goal with just over four minutes left, but the Knighthawks tied the game yet again, with a power-play goal of their own from Derek Malawsky.

Aaron Wilson scored with 45 seconds left to bring the 18,209 fans at the Air Canada Centre to their feet. After gaining possession following the ensuing faceoff, Toronto ran the clock out and hung on for the victory.

Rock captain Jim Veltman (3g, 4a) led Toronto in scoring, while Blaine Manning (2g, 4a) and Kevin Finneran (2g, 3a) helped the team as well. Bob Watson got the win in net, recording 38 saves. Toronto improves to 8-3, a second-best record behind only the Buffalo Bandits.

The loss drops Rochester to 6-3, ending their five-game winning streak. The Knighthawks are still yet to win a game in Toronto in the five-year series history. Derek Malawsky led the Knighthawks with two goals and four assists. Pat O'Toole recorded 30 saves for Rochester.

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