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Takeaways: New England at Toronto


Milestone Night For Thorimbert
Overshadowed in the loss at Toronto Saturday was yet another strong performance in the faceoff circle by Jay Thorimbert. He was 17 of 32 (53.1 percent), taking all but one draw in the game while moving into second place all-time with 2,096 career faceoff wins. He passed Jamie Hanford (2,091) on the list, and leads the NLL with 92 faceoff wins on 169 draws. What made Thorimbert’s effort particularly noteworthy is that Toronto’s Brad Kri ranks third in the NLL in faceoff wins. He is 72 of 122 (59 percent) on the year, but was 11 of 23 (47.8 percent) on the night. At Saskatchewan back in December, Thorimbert was 24 of 39 in the faceoff circle while Jeremy Thompson of the Rush – currently second with 85 wins on 156 draws (54.5 percent) – finished 11 of 31 (35.5 percent). Last year, Thorimbert became the third player in NLL history to record 2,000 career faceoff wins in a game against Vancouver on April 29th. He finished the 2017 season with a league-best 302 wins on 525 draws (58 percent win ratio). Thorimbert also led the NLL with 192 loose balls. He currently leads the NLL with 66 loose balls this season. Thorimbert holds the single-season NLL records for faceoff wins (338) and loose balls (246).

Brock Gets Offensive
When David Brock was signed during the offseason, the list of reasons why it made sense was lengthy. At 6-4 he had good size and athleticism. As an eight-year veteran who played for the Champions Cup in 2016 with Buffalo, he brought experience into locker room. He was also known for his abilities in transition. What wasn’t expected to be part of the package was scoring. Entering this season, Brock had never had more than seven goals or 15 points. But six games into 2017-18 season, Brock already has five goals and seven points. He had two goals and an assist at Toronto, just the third two-goal game of Brock’s career. He has a goal in four of six games.

 

Loosen Up
Third-year forward Reilly O’Connor had a career-high nine loose balls at Toronto. He is currently fifth on the team with 28 and is on pace for what would be a single-season career high of 84. O’Connor had 55 last year with the Black Wolves. O’Connor also had two more assists, and is tied for third on the team with 11. New England acquired O’Connor from Calgary – he was selected by the Roughnecks seventh overall in the 2015 NLL Entry Draft – for a second-round pick in the 2017 draft.