Lynx Stop Rhinos
Win snaps five game losing streak.
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< TORONTO - Sunday night's 3-2 win against Rochester Raging Rhinos had special significance to the Toronto Lynx for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the five points picked up to put the Lynx in a strong position for the third and vital cutoff spot for automatic entry to the upcoming playoffs leading to the A-League championship.

The Lynx now have 43 points with seven games remaining (five at home), and trail leaders Rochester (62 points with four games remaining), and second place Long Island (53 points with six games remaining). The Lynx are six points in
front of the fourth place Montreal Impact (37 points, four games remaining.)

The win on Sunday also gave Toronto a split of the weekend 2-game home and home series, played back to back with the Rhinos winning the opener, 2-1, on Saturday night. The win also snapped a five-game losing streak during a time the injury-riddled Lynx went into a slump and were winless
since the 2-1 defeat of the Boston Bulldogs on July 8.

Nikola Vignjevic led the Lynx rally on Sunday night with two precision penalty kicks that gave the attacking midfielder his third and fourth goals of the season.

But the best of the night's five goals came from Lynx forward Aaron Benjamin, a 21 year old Toronto-born talent, one of a number of local players put on trial at the beginning of the season by Lynx head coach Peter Pinizzotto. The 64th minute strike that turned out to the winning goal was
accomplished with considerable power and great flair by the young player. He left Rochester goalkeeper Scott Vallow flat-footed and only able to watch the ball hit the roof of the net from 20 yards.


With seven games remaining to the end of the regular season, the Lynx visit Boston Bulldogs on Thursday night, August 17, the fourth and final time these two teams come together in the regular season schedule. The Lynx meet the Bulldogs having won the previous three encounters. The Bulldogs have a 7-14-2 record in the Northeast Division.


Toronto's next home game is this coming Sunday, August 20, a game televised live by CTV Sportsnet. The game is Ontario Special Olympics Night when the Lynx acknowledge and pay tribute to the mentally challenged and their excellence in sports. Pre-game ceremonies are set for 7.30pm, with a kickoff time of 8.05 p.m.

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