March 30, 2014

Lucky 13! Edmonton Breaks NLL Record in Win Over Rock

from Press Release

The Edmonton Rush broke the league's win streak record by taking its 13th straight victory, topping Toronto on Sunday afternoon. (Photo via @TheEdmontonRush on Twitter)

In the second leg of a back-to-back weekend, the Edmonton Rush (13-0) kept their perfect season alive by defeating the Toronto Rock (5-9) by a score of 13-10 before a crowd of 10,655 at Air Canada Centre on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Rush won their 13th-straight game to break the NLL single-season record for consecutive wins, once held by the 2007 Rochester Knighthawks, which they matched with last night's victory in Rochester.

In what proved to be a well balanced attack, six Rush runners scored three or more points to help the Edmonton Rush continue their historic undefeated streak while disarming Toronto from sole possession of the East Division's final playoff spot.

With four games remaining, the Rock share a 5-9 record with the Philadelphia Wings locking the two teams up in the third and final playoff spot in the East Division.

Over the opening 1:34, Rush defender Nik Bilic and Rock froward Garrett Billings each scored on the game's first two shots. Just 49 seconds after the Billings goal, Sandy Chapman gave Toronto an early 2-1 lead with a goal on the transition. Edmonton closed the quarter by going on a late 3-1 run to climb on top of the Rock 4-3 heading into the second frame.

Forwards Zack Greer and Kasey Beirnes traded goals over the frame's first 6:52. Quickly afterward, Edmonton's Cory Conway extended the Rush's lead to 6-4 with a powerplay tally just past the halfway mark of the quarter. Josh Sanderson, Rob Hellyer and Stephan Leblanc, over a 4:05 span, each scored on a late Toronto run to put the Rock up 7-6 at halftime.

After seven quiet minutes to start the second half, the Rush's Ryan Dilks, Mark Matthews and Chris Corbeil all scored as part of a 3-0 over a 5:26 span. Billings, at the 12:59 mark, stopped the bleeding keeping the Rock within one goal heading into the final frame.

The Rush pulled ahead dramatically scoring four straight times to start the fourth frame. Colin Doyle and Billings answered back each scoring a goal late to pull the Rock within 13-10 before the final buzzer sounded.

Sanderson (2+3) led all Rock shooters with five points on the afternoon. Damon Edwards followed up with four assists in the loss.

Jarrett Davis (2+3) and Zack Greer (3+2) led the way for the Rush scoring five points a piece in the victory.

Three stars as selected by the media

1) Zack Greer
2) Chris Corbeil
3) Josh Sanderson


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