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Toronto Sun: Lynx Bust Out
by Winnipeg Fury

Lynx finally bust out

Rhinos coach raging at referee

By MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

  Desperate for a win after an 0-5 road swing, the Toronto Lynx did something last
night it hadn't done in more than a month.

 The Lynx beat the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-2 before 2,805 fans at Varsity Stadium,
scoring more than one goal in a game for the first time since July 8.

 The win snapped a seven-game winless streak and gave the Lynx some breathing
room in its battle with the Montreal Impact for the final playoff spot in the Northeast

 Toronto earned four points for the win and a bonus point for scoring more than two
goals. The Lynx (9-8-4) sit in third place in the division standings with 43 points, six
up on the 8-13-3 Impact.

 "You had better believe we needed that one," said Lynx coach Peter Pinizzotto, whose
team lost 2-1 to the Rhinos in Rochester on Saturday. "It was important for us. It's
been a long time since a win."

 Rhinos coach Pat Ercoli, though, didn't think the Lynx deserved to be celebrating.

 Referee Frank Marciello awarded the Lynx two penalty shots in the first half -- both of
which Toronto converted -- on questionable calls.

 The first was awarded in the 31st minute after Marciello called a foul on Rhinos
defender Tim Hardy, who got tangled up with Lynx forward Aaron Benjamin as both
were attempting to head the ball in the penalty area. Lynx midfielder Nikola Vignjevic
took the penalty kick and shot the ball to the left side of the net as Rhinos netminder
Scott Vallow, dove to his right.

 The Lynx drew its second penalty kick in the 45th minute, three minutes after Rhinos
midfielder Dan Stebbins tied the game with a header past Lynx goalkeeper Theo Zagar.

 Rhinos defender Andrew Restrepo was charged with a hand ball in the penalty area
when a crossing attempt from Toronto's Juan Arango appeared to hit his forearm.
Vignjevic made no mistake with his penalty shot.

 "If (Restrepo) touches it intentionally, you should have the call," Ercoli said. "But it
wasn't like he moved his arm out to block it."

 Benjamin put the Lynx up 3-1 in the 64th minute while Yari Alnutt scored Rochester's
second goal in the 75th.

 The Lynx are back on the road in Boston on Thursday night to face the 7-15-2

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