Toronto Doubles Up Philadelphia, 20-10
from Press Release
The Toronto Rock (3-3) got back to .500 by doubling up the Philadelphia Wings (3-4) by a score of 20-10 before a crowd of 9,087 at Air Canada Centre on Friday night. Garrett Billings tied a Rock franchise record with six goals and recorded 12 points en route to the biggest team offensive output in almost a dozen years.
Rob Hellyer added eight points (1+7) to help lift the Rock past the Wings in a victory that saw Toronto score 20 goals for the first time since March 2002.
In a relativity quiet first quarter, Philadelphia forward Tracey Kelusky opened the game's scoring 2:10 after the opening face off. Billings tied the game at 1-1 on a solo rush just 1:03 later. The Rock followed up scoring two powerplay goals, the first coming from Colin Doyle just outside the slot at the 11:09 mark. Billings capped off the frame scoring Toronto's second powerplay tally with 57 seconds remaining, putting the Rock up 3-1.
The Rock found their scoring touch in the second frame notching a season-high eight goals in a single quarter. Stephan Leblanc opened the Rock floodgates just 20 seconds in. Philadelphia quickly answered with a pair of goals coming from forwards Ryan Ward and Pat Saunders over a 40-second stretch. The Rock went on to score three straight as part of 7-2 run to close the first half. The Rock's 11-5 halftime lead is their biggest of the season.
Toronto continued their dominance in the second half putting up a staggering nine goals to Philadelphia's five. The Wings' 13-7 deficit at the 4:22 mark of the third frame would be the closest they'd come to the Rock in the second half.
Billings led all scorers with 12 points (6+6) in the victory and his six goal marks his second "sock trick" of his career. Hellyer followed close behind with a career high eight points (1+7) on the night.
Saunders (2+2) and captain Brodie Merrill (1+3) led the way for the Wings with four points each. Brandon Miller made his season debut for Philly in relief of Evan Kirk but both goalies struggled in the losing effort. Kelusky, who started his career with Calgary with a stop in Buffalo before heading to Philadelphia, recorded his 800th career point in the game.
Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:
1) Garrett Billings
2) Stephan Leblanc
3) Colin Doyle