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Takeaways: New England At Toronto


A Bold Effort 
For the second straight game, New England Black Wolves goalie Aaron Bold set a new career high in saves, finishing with 51 at Toronto. He had 50 at Vancouver on February 24. Bold ranks sixth in the league in save percentage (.773), but in the last two games, he has turned away 101 of 119 shots (.849) on net. At Toronto, his save percentage was .879 (51 of 58). In the previous visit to Toronto, back on January 27, the Rock scored on 16 of 51 shots against Bold and 5 of 13 shots on Doug Jamieson in a 21-9 victory over the Black Wolves.

Bouncing Back 
After missing his first game since the 2016 season at Vancouver on February 24, veteran forward Kevin Buchanan bounced back with his best performance of the season, collecting three goals and an assist at Toronto. Buchanan scored his 150th career goal and also picked up his 400th career point during the win. Entering this year, Buchanan has improved on his single-season career point total in five straight seasons.

Breaking Ties 
With the victory at Toronto, the Black Wolves are in position to lock up the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Rock. The teams split two games at the Air Canada Centre, and play for the final time in the regular season on Friday night. New England already owns the head-to-head against Rochester (2-0), and it is 1-0 with two games remaining against Georgia. Buffalo is 1-0 against New England with two games remaining between the teams. Head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker used to determine playoff seeding.