May 1, 2010

NLL Playoffs: Titans, Rock Advance in East

from press releases

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Powell scored five goals, including a pair in the fourth quarter, to lead the Orlando Titans past the Boston Blazers, 12-11, at Amway Arena on Friday.

The Titans will host the Toronto Rock next weekend in the East Division Final at Amway Arena.

In the opening quarter, Nick Cotter scored twice, and Blazers captain Dan Dawson scored once on the powerplay and assisted on three other goals as the Blazers took a 4-2 lead.

Powell and Mike McLellan each tallied goals in the second stanza, but goals from forwards Jamie Rooney, Mat Giles and Daryl Veltman gave the visitors a 7-4 edge at the halfway point.

Powell scored the first two goals of the third quarter to bring Orlando within a goal at 7-6. Veltman notched his second of the game to give Boston a two-goal lead again, but the Titans scored twice late in the quarter, and Boston took a 9-8 lead into the fourth.

Powell scored two goals in a two-minute span, including a behind-the-back shot that gave Orlando a one-goal lead. But, Rooney and Gary Bining goals gave Boston the lead again 8:32 into the fourth. Transition Jarrett Park and forward Jordan Hall each scored to give Orlando the lead again, 12-11, with five minutes to go.

The Titans advance to the NLL East Division final against the Toronto Rock.

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TORONTO – Rookie Stephan Leblanc scored five goals and veteran Colin Doyle chipped in with four as the Rock mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the Buffalo Bandits, 13-11, at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

After falling to the Buffalo Bandits twice in the 2010 regular season, the Rock fought back from a 6-0 deficit in the second quarter to take the single-win elimination game.  

Leblanc was named game MVP for a team-leading eight points from five goals and three assists. Bob Watson recorded the win in Toronto’s net.

Mike Accursi scored six goals and assisted on three others for the Bandits.

Roger Vyse was the first to score for the Bandits, three minutes into the game. The up-tempo defence that both teams pride themselves on took over for the next eight minutes until Brett Bucktooth got past Watson to end the quarter with Buffalo up 2-0.

Bucktooth continued his streak into the second quarter followed by Mark Steenhuis and Mike Accursi. Toronto opted for a goalie change, but Accursi struck again to get past Steve Dietrich. Rookie Stephan Leblanc got Toronto onto the board to bring the game to 6-1 followed immediately off the faceoff by Blaine Manning to narrow the Bandit lead.  Accursi was next, which brought Watson back onto the turf sparking Leblanc’s second goal. Colin Doyle followed suit picking the top left corner of Mike Thompson’s net.

Accursi struck again for Buffalo to start the second half, but it was quickly answered by Doyle. The game continued back and forth with another from Accursi and a Rock goal from Mike Hominuck. Leblanc recorded the hat trick on the powerplay to bring the Toronto tally to seven. Steenhuis followed up with number 10 for the Bandits. Leblanc kept it within two, scoring his fourth of the game.

Doyle began the final quarter with a goal, his third of the night, but it was answered by Accursi’s sixth. Manning drained the tenth for Toronto to bring it within one, and Garrett Billings followed to tie it up. Leblanc and Doyle continued the Rock roll to put Toronto up by two, their first lead of the game. The clock wound down, as the crowd got on their feet cheering on the Rock as they held onto the 13-11 win.


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