Chiefs shows off its depth in home-and-home sweep of Rock
|photo by Darryl Smart|
On Friday night at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre, AP goalie Warren Hill was brilliant for a second-consecutive night with regulars Dillon Ward and Brandon Miller not in the lineup. The future of Chiefs goaltending stood tall with his team getting out shot and made 49 stops in a 12-9 victory.
"Warren was outstanding tonight," Chiefs president and assistant coach Duane Jacobs said. "It really is showing our depth in the organization."
While Hill was great between the pipes with many of its National Lacrosse League stars still out of the lineup, the Chiefs continue to roll. Ryan Benesch led the way with a goal and four assists, while Brendan Bomberry scored a pair and had two helpers.
Benesch, Wayne VanEvery, Dan Dawson and chancy Johnson scored in the first period for the Chiefs, with Stephan Leblanc and James Barclay responding.
After Bomberry gave the Chiefs a three-goal lead early in the second period, the Rock went on a run thanks to Damon Edwards, Leblanc, Wes Berg and Brett Hickey.
But then the Chiefs punched back with goals from Vaughn Harris, Shane Simpson and Craig Point.
Berg and Kyle Jackson exchanged goals late in the frame.
With the Chiefs up two goals heading into the third period, Jackson, Point and Bomberry added to the lead, while Hickey and Edwards responded for the Rock.
The are back in action Sunday at 6 p.m. when they take on the Coburg Kodiaks on the road. Thursday they tarvel to Peterborough to take on the Lakers.
NOTES: The Rock out shot the Chiefs 58-42. The Chiefs were a very potent 3-for-5 on the powerplay. For a second-straight night, Chase Martin was Hill's backup. The pair, who have had success as a tandem with the junior B Rebels and junior Arrows, are now the duo backstopping the senior B Rivermen, who are in first place. The Chiefs now have a 4-0 record and are at the top of the Major Series Lacrosse standings.