Wings downed by Rock, 20-10
The Wings’ brief winning streak was snapped in Toronto Friday night, as they fell to the Rock, 20-10, at the Air Canada Centre.
The Wings (3-4) got off to a good start after Tracey Kelusky scored the game’s first goal at the 2:10 mark of the first quarter.
The Rock (3-3) were undeterred and rattled off three unanswered goals to close out the frame. Toronto kept up its scoring barrage just 20 seconds into the second quarter to give it a 4-1 advantage.
Ryan Ward finally stopped the bleeding for the Wings by reaching the back of the net with an assist from Pat Saunders and Kyle Buchanan. Less than a minute later, Saunders pulled the Wings’ deficit to 4-3 with a goal of his own.
The Rock came surging back once again to the tune of three consecutive goals. Despite two quick goals from Kevin Crowley and Brodie Merrill, the Wings watched the Rock put four more goals to end the half with a commanding 11-5 lead. Both teams combined for 12 goals during the period.
The Wings were solid offensively in the second half, but simply couldn’t keep up with Toronto’s pace. The Rock enjoyed scoring outbursts of three goals or more on four separate occasions Friday night.
The Wings have little time to get over the loss in Toronto, as they will host the Edmonton Rush Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30 p.m. The Wings will hold a ceremony to retire the number of former player Jake Bergey.