Last night was the first NLL action since the Champions Cup, with the Rock beating the Mammoth 10-7 in a pre-season game.
Aaron Pascas scored the first goal of the game for Toronto, but Colorado answered quickly with a goal from Bryan Langtry. Toronto's Mat MacLeod took the lead for the Rock. Colorado would do the rest of the scoring in the first quarter, with goals from Jamie Shewchuk and Langtry.
Toronto pulled Pat Campbell from the game and started Gee Nash in net for the second quarter. Rob Hellyer scored for Toronto on a power play, but Shewchuk took the lead again for the Mammoth. However, MacLeod and Hellyer were able to make it 5-4 Rock before the end of the first half.
Andrew Potter and Aaron Pascas scored to give themselves some distance from Colorado to start the third quarter. Connor Martin scored for Colorado to make it 7-5, but Josh Wassen's goal brought the Mammoth crowd back into their seats.
Campbell re-entered the game in the fourth quarter. In the fourth, each team scored twice as Pascas earned the hat trick and Toronto came up with the win.
- John Grant did not dress for this game.
- Bob Watson did not play in the game. Toronto wanted to see what they had in Nash and Campbell. Hard to judge at the end of the game, but I have a feeling they stick with Nash.
- Rookie Aaron Pascas sure make an impression on the Rock staff.
- There are going to be a few more pre-season games up in New Westminster, so stay tuned to The Lacrosse Blog!