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Wings Fly Over Ravens

12/09/2001, 3:27pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The defending National Lacrosse League champion Philadelphia Wings' took their first win of the 2001-02 season, 18-14 against the expansion Vancouver Ravens in front of 8,324 at the General Motors Place. Tom Marechek earned game Most Valuable Player honors, scoring five goals and one assist.

In the first quarter, the Wings started off the scoring with three goals from Tom Ryan, Jeff Ratcliffe and Kevin Finneran. The Ravens got on the board with :45 left on an unassisted tally by Craig Stevenson.

The Wings started off the scoring again in the second with three consecutive goals by Ratcliffe, Jason Clark, and Tom Marechek for a five-goal lead. The Ravens answered back with a vengeance, netting five straight, including a pair by Peter Morgan to tie the score at six. The Wings and Ravens traded goals to end the half at 8-8.

Vancouver took their first lead of the game with two early goals by Morgan and Chris Gill to start off the second half. Marechek answered the goal, only to see the Ravens reply with one of their own by Ryan O'Connor.

The Wings regained the lead by scoring four straight, 13-12, with goals by Tom Slate, Marechek, Finneran and Jeff Spano to end the third.

In the final quarter, the Wings regained control of the score after a quick goal from Jake Bergey . The Ravens netted another, then the teams traded goals.

The Wings scored two more with a hat trick from Ratcliffe and Marechek's fifth to lead by three goals at 17-14. Spano added one last goal to end the game with a score of 18-14. Dallas Eliuk made 47 saves as he faced 61 total shots.

Marechek led the Wings offense with six points (5G, 1 A). Eight other players scored for Philadelphia, including Tom Slate (1G), Tom Phair (1G, 1A), Kevin Finneran (3G, 4A), Jason Clark (2G, 8A), Tom Ryan (1G, 1A), Jeff Spano (2G), Jake Bergey (1G, 5A) and Jeff Ratcliffe (3G, 4A).

Gill led the Ravens in scoring with six points (4G, 2A). Six other players scored for Vancouver, including Peter Morgan (3G, 1A), Matt Dwane (1G), Craig Stevenson (1G, 3A), Ryan O'Connor (2G, 2A), Jamey Bowen (2G, 3A), and Kevin Stewardson (1G, 1A).

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