The Lynx went into Saturday’s game with a string of recent injuries and took on an improving Boston Bulldogs with several new signings and four victories in the last five games. Boston sat third in the standings, three points behind Toronto and seven points off leading Rochester. But Toronto held a commanding 2-0 lead at half time over the Bulldogs with two goals by forward Juan Arango, his fourth and fifth of the season. The score held up until the final minute when Boston’s Sullivan Phillips scored from the penalty spot after a Lynx hand ball during heavy late pressure by the visitors as they fought to get back into the game.
The win improves the Lynx to an 8-2-3 win/loss/tie record, and Boston worsens to 7-9-1. Rochester suffered back to back losses including a 1-0 defeat by the Vancouver 86ers on Friday night and the Rhinos record is now 8-5-1. The Lynx and Rochester are tied at 37 points apiece, but Toronto goes top of the league table by virtue of a better goal average. The Lynx have a game in hand.
The Lynx picked up another injury in the Boston game, to defender Milan Kojic in what the team’s medical co-ordinator Dr. Robert Gringmuth described after the Boston game as ‘a first degree hamstring’. Lynx’ captain Marco Reda, on the injury list and having missed the last five games due to a pulled quad muscle, substituted for Kojic, but then left the game limping in the second half. Gringmuth is optimistic about both players return to the line up: “Milan will need treatment for a few days and is doubtful only for Wednesday’s game at Connecticut, while Marco Reda is 90 per cent and is OK-he took himself off more as a precautionary measure,” he said.
LYNX AT CONNECTICUT WEDNESDAY—AT HOME ON JULY 22
The Lynx now travel to Connecticut Wolves this week for a game on Wednesday. The Wolves are struggling at the foot of the Northeast Division.
Toronto’s next home game is on Saturday, July 22 against Rochester Raging Rhinos, a game televised live on CTV Sportsnet. The Rochester game will celebrate the increasing population of GTA residents from Latin America in what is billed Fiesta Latina Night. Kickoff for this game has been brought forward to 7.00 p.m. to accommodate the telecast.
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