CALGARY -- After squandering away most of what once was a comfortable five-goal lead, the Toronto Rock turned to a pair of veterans Saturday night to hold off a late comeback. Kasey Beirnes scored a hat trick, with his last two goals late in the game set up by Colin Doyle, as the Rock held off a furious Calgary rally to open the NLL season with a 13-11 win over the Calgary Roughnecks. "Obviously they had the pressure on us and we needed to stop the bleeding in a hurry," said Beirnes, who also had two assists. Calgary trailed 10-5 in the third quarter and 11-7 in the fourth quarter before getting three unanswered goals to ignite the Scotiabank Saddledome crowd of 11,653. "We noticed that they were starting to cheat a lot more defensively to start catching up so that was a big part of it, a lot of their defence were taking off and it left me wide open and Colin found me two times," said Beirnes, whose clinching goals came at 11:51 and 13:46 of the final quarter. Josh Sanderson and Stephan Leblanc each scored twice for Toronto (1-0). Other scorers were Stephen Hoar, Jesse Gamble, Mike Hobbins, Scott Evans, Rob Marshall and Blaine Manning. Doyle had a game-high five assists. "Kasey and Colin with the back-to-back goals, what can you say, those were hard battles and these guys know what it takes," said Toronto coach Troy Cordingley. Shawn Evans scored three goals to lead the way for Calgary (0-1). Also scoring was Curtis Dickson with a pair, Geoff Snider, Jeff Shattler, rookie Joe Resetarits, Aaron Pascas, Daryl Veltman and Andrew McBride. It looked like Toronto had the game in hand after consecutive power-play goals from Sanderson gave the Rock a 10-5 lead halfway through the third quarter. However, McBride, the Roughnecks captain and a fan favourite, brought the crowd back to life with a rare goal. Sent in alone on a feed from Nolan Heavenor, the rugged defenceman beat Rock goalie Nick Rose at 14:18 for just his fourth goal in the last five seasons. Off the faceoff, Calgary went right back on the attack again with Veltman scoring just 19 seconds later. "Its about learning, its about getting better and understanding what we need to do," said McBride. "We didnt panic, which was a great sign. We were able to come back when we were down a couple goals and you have to take the positives out of that." The loss spoiled the debut of new Calgary head coach Curt Malawsky, who became the Roughnecks sixth coach in their 12-year history when he took over for Dave Pym in the off-season. Malawsky spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach. "Toronto had a good game plan. They came out and they executed and they handed it to us, but were young and were going to bounce back," said Malawsky. "This is a process for us. We want to see some adversity. Its all going to be proof in the pudding next week. If we learn from this and come out and win next week, thats what were looking forward to." Rose had 45 saves to record the victory for Toronto. The Roughnecks outshot the visitors 56-48. "We earned it," Cordingley said. "We played a 60 minute game, we played really well, played against a very good team. It takes a little pressure (off) going into tomorrows game." After knocking off the NLLs top team in the regular season from last year, the Rock are hopping on the bus and driving to Edmonton where on Sunday theyll meet the Rush, who lost to Rochester in the NLLs championship game last season. Notes: Calgary F Dane Dobbie did not play as he served a one-game suspension for a game misconduct in the Roughnecks season-ending playoff loss last May to Edmonton ... Calgary played its first game since the Dec. 20 retirement of Kaleb Toth, who had been with the team since it joined the NLL in 2001. Toth is the Roughnecks all-time leader in games played (16), goals (274) assists (354) and points (628). ... Pascas was acquired from the Rock in the off-season. The native of Port Coquitlam, B.C. scored 15 goals in his rookie year in 2011 but was suspended for the entire season last year for refusing to move to Toronto. ... Calgary falls to 9-15 all-time against Toronto and 5-7 at home. http://www.eaglesnflofficial.com/
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.ca! ------ Kerry, Early in the first period of Monday nights Bruins/Flyers game, Tim Thomas swatted his stick at a puck that was fluttering towards the net. KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- Two veteran skips were both left scratching their heads at the Canadian mens curling championships Saturday night, as a change in ice conditions saw crucial draw attempts in an extra end fall at least five metres short of the house. Newfoundland and Labradors Brad Gushue, who lost the game 6-5 to Manitobas Jeff Stoughton, was more than a little peeved as the opening day of the Tim Hortons Brier ended. Gushue expressed his clear frustrations with the ice conditions. "They lost the ice," said Gushue, the 2006 Olympic gold medallist who, like Stoughton, is curling in his 11th Brier. "You see two world class skips throw draws to the four foot that end up 20-feet light. Its embarrassing. I think the ice is just (terrible). Its unfortunate that it came down to that." He said he saw it happen to a lesser degree in an earlier game between Albertas Kevin Koe and B.C.s John Morris. Stoughton was just as mystified. "We were going to draw probably half in the top four and I let it go, the guys said good weight and it just ground in," he said. Although, for him, the result was a little more satisfying as he left his shot stone in the house to win the game. "I guess that side of the sheet got lost somehow but well take it. We had one in there and he missed both his last two shots, what are you going to do?" Stoughton and Morris sit at the top of the standings with two wins apiece after Saturdays draw, followed by Brier rookie Greg Balsdon from Ontario and Steve Laycock from Saskatchewan with one win each. Gushue joined Northern Ontarios Jeff Currie at 1-1 while five rinks were wiinless after one game, Alberta, New Brunswick, The Northwest Territories-Yukon, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.dddddddddddd In the evening draw, Morris beat Currie 8-2 in eight ends, after struggling earlier to edge Albertas Koe 7-6. Currie split the day, beating New Brunswicks Jamie Grattan 13-5 in the opener. Balsdon opened his first Brier by topping Quebec veteran Jean-Michel Menard 9-7 and Saskatchewans Laycock beat the Northwest Territories-Yukons Jamie Koe (Kevins brother) 8-5. Morris, curling for his third province at the Brier, was glad to get off to a good start. "The first one was a little tough on the melon, that one was a little nicer," he said, referring to the difference in the two games. "We played a little better this team, a good solid team effort." He also said he found the ice on the sheet he played on a little more consistent at night. Laycock said his first win wasnt without its scary moments. "Especially in nine there, there was a chance we could have blown a three-point lead in a hurry," he said. "It was nice to sneak out of that with only giving up two." He scored two in the final end to seal it. So did Balsdon, playing in his first Brier after managing to beat Ontario veteran Glen Howard to win the right. "We all felt pretty comfortable. The speed was good, the ice was very consistent, what youd expect from the Brier," he said. He says it helps in a way being a rookie. "Because Im a rookie here I dont really feel a whole lot of pressure for myself and the team. . . Were just hoping to scrap out some games." ' ' '