The Toronto Rock, with the best record in the league, faced off against the defending champion Saskatchewan Rush Saturday night at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Just :35 into the game, Rock forward Kieran McArdle found forward Dan Lintner right in front of the net for the goal.
Two and a half minutes later, Rock forward Rob Hellyer ripped one past Rush goaltender Evan Kirk.
After taking a 2-0 lead, the Rush hit back with three goals. The first and third by forward Ben McIntosh and the second by reigning MVP Mark Matthews.
Toronto then hit back with three straight goals of their own, starting with forward Johnny Powless, (on a power-play) and the other two by forward Adam Jones.
Rush transition player Nick Finlay struck back for his first goal of the game.
Followed by McArdle’s seventh of the season.
And Matthews’ 13th goal of the season to round out one of the highest-scoring first quarters of the season.
Wasting no time, Rock defender Jay Thorimbert found a cutting Brandon Slade eight seconds into the quarter.
Followed by Jones’ third goal of the night.
Rush forward Curtis Knight cut the deficit to two before the Rock rattled off two straight goals.
The first by defenseman Creighton Reid
And the second by Dan Lintner.
Rush forward Matt Dinsdale scored his ninth goal of the season
And with :38 seconds left, Rock forward Dan Craig penetrated the middle of the field to put one in the top left corner of the goal.
Toronto’s Challen Rogers scored first in the third period, followed by three Rush goals to make the score 12-10.
Toronto hit back with three straight goals of their own. The first by McArdle, the second by Jones (his fourth of the night), and the third by Hellyer
Then, the Rush scored two goals in a row.
Kyle Rubisch scored, followed by forward Ryan Keenen, who ran the length of the field with the Rush on the man down.
Up three with just over three minutes to play, Captain America Tom Schreiber scored on a power-play goal to ice the game.
Final score: Toronto Rock 16, Saskatchewan Rush 13.