Yesterday was one of those days when the divorce rate likely went up in the Toronto area. With the Maple Leafs, Toronto FC, Blue Jays and Marlies all in action, it was sporting heaven for fans in Southern Ontario. Well……apart from the fact only the Marlies managed to win.
However, you’ll be glad to hear there’s more to come today. As well as the Blue Jays final
loss game of their series against the Yankees and the Marlies second clash with the Americans, the Toronto Rock hosts the Minnesota Swarm in their playoff opener.
Despite the Swarm finishing the regular season just 7-9, today’s matchup could be closer than many people anticipate. In two games this year, both teams won 13-12 on their home floor.
As you’d expect, Garrett Billings, widely regarded as the best player in the NLL, will lead the way for the Rock. During the regular season, he amassed 100 points (30 goals and 70 assists). In the two games against the Swarm this year, Billings led all scorers with 13 points.
For the Swarm, the danger man to watch out for will be Callum Crawford. The forward, despite missing two games, still finished fourth overall in the NLL with 95 points (32 goals, 63 assists).
With homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, destiny is in the Toronto Rock’s hands. However, as if they needed any more motivation, a win today will give the Rock a chance at revenge next week against the Rochester Knighthawks.
Last season, the Knighthawks, who beat the Philadelphia Wings yesterday, defeated the Rock 17-13 in the East Division final at the ACC to advance to the Championship game.
For anyone who fancies going to today’s game (or just wants to wind their partner up even more) click here for tickets or call 416-596-3075. If you’re unable to make it to the ACC, the game will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 3pm.
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