TORONTO — Tom Schreiber had a career high 12 points, scoring five goals to go along with seven assists to help the Toronto Rock defeat the New England Black Wolves 21-9 on Saturday night.
The Rock (4-2) have now won four consecutive games and overtake the Black Wolves for first place in the East Division.
Schreiber had a plethora of moves on display tonight from diving, to spinning, to just about everything but back flipping in the offensive end in the win. Captain America’s adjustment to the box game has been nothing short of amazing.
“Yeah I’m trying,” he said to the media after tonight’s victory. “My whole approach since I started playing last year was kind of just week by week and watching different guys play and try to pick up new things here and there.”
Adam Jones added five goals of his own to go along with four assists and Nick Rose made 46 saves on the night, none better than his drop kick block midway through the third quarter, to limit New England (4-2) to just 9 goals on the night.
It took just 36 seconds for Rob Hellyer to score the first goal of the game. Later in the opening period, Kevin Buchanan tied the game with a nifty shot and David Brock’s short handed breakaway goal gave the Black Wolves their only lead of the game.
Sheldon Burns had one of the most impressive goals of the night, stripping the ball straight from the opponents stick to start the break and finishing on the power play. That continued his five shots for five goals streak, but that later came to an end in the third quarter.
Jones scored a buzzer beater with 0.6 left on the clock to end the quarter and the Rock never looked back.
Former Toronto Rock player, Stephen Leblanc, returned for the first time since being traded to New England for Sheldon Burns. His legacy in Toronto was on display during the first intermission.
LeBlanc went down on the turf for a few minutes after going head first into a Rock defender early in the fourth quarter, but was able to walk off on his own strength. He finished the game with two goals in his return.
Jones sealed the game with a nice shot as the Rock hit the 20 goal plateau for the third time this season.
After losing the first two games of the season with only nine goals apiece, The Rock have now scored 82 goals during their four game win streak and have limited opponents to under 10 goals in their past three victories. They’ll look to carry this momentum against the Calgary Roughnecks who come into town Saturday February 3rd.