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Wings disperse Swarm with 15-13 comeback win

04/07/2013, 7:00pm EDT
By NLL.com

Crowley and Westervelt each post eight points to help Philly snap skid

The Philadelphia Wings (6-8) snapped a five-game skid and the three-game winning streak of the Minnesota Swarm (6-8) with a 15-13 home win at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.

"That was one of the most emotional wins we've had since I've been here," said Wings general manager and head coach Johnny Mouradian. "When your players rally, and when they take ownership of a game like that, it's just phenomenal."

Minnesota opened the scoring three minutes into the game but Philadelphia responded almost two minutes later with the start of a three-goal run to eventually lead 5-2 after the first quarter.

The Swarm stormed back in the second quarter, culminating with Jay Card's long-distance last-second goal, almost from his own bench, as he caught Wings goalie Brandon Miller off guard coming out of a timeout for an 8-6 halftime lead.

"I felt like we were initially relying too much on the fast break goal," said Wings forward Drew Westervelt. "When we got to the locker room, we didn't feel like it was out of reach. We just wanted to get back to playing strong 5-on-5, and it worked well."

The Wings scored three-straight goals in the first 4:30 of the second half to lead 9-8 before the Swarm ultimately tied the game at 10-10 to end the third quarter.

Rookie Shayne Jackson gave Minnesota the lead 2:09 into the fourth quarter, but Philly used a four-goal run, two by Westervelt, in a 2:16 span to go up 15-12 with 4:05 left in the game and held on for the win.

"Drew Westervelt has more clutch goals in the NLL in the last few years than anyone I've ever seen," said Wings forward Kevin Crowley. "That was him just stepping up again."

Crowley (4+4) and Westervelt (4+4) paced the Wings with eight points each while Brandon Miller made 37 saves on 50 shots.

"We really simplified things today, and it gave them a lot of confidence," Mouradian said. "Drew (Westervelt) came to me, and we've been working with Kevin (Crowley), as well. We've been getting shots, but you have to convert. You have to shoot through your slumps. We did that tonight. We shot with confidence."

Brandon Miller played outstanding, he's played outstanding the last three games and gave us the opportunity to win."

Callum Crawford had eight points (4+4), rookie Kiel Matisz scored four goals and finished with five points (4+1), Jordan MacIntosh had three assists, went 23-for-32 (72%) on faceoffs and had a game-high 18 loose balls while Evan Kirk made 31 stops on 46 shots in the losing effort.

The Swarm went 6-for-8 on the power play while the Wings went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

"I didn't see [Wings defenseman Joel White make an error out there," Mouradian said. "He always made good decisions, all our 'D' guys made really good decisions. We wanted to increase our transition opportunities, but also increase our secondary transition opportunities. We did that today, and that was a key".

Dave Walls, Wings beat writer for NLL.com, contributed to this report.

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