Gary Gait scored nine goals and assisted on three others as the Washington Power cruised past the New Jersey Storm 21-9 Saturday at the Capital Centre Saturday night.
Gait's sixth goal of the game, and fourth of five in the second quarter, wrapped up the win at the 6:04 mark.
The second quarter was the game-breaker for Washington. Trailing 5-4 at the opening faceoff, the Power outshot New Jersey 20-11 through the period and racked up eight unanswered goals through the first 12:22. New Jersey's Travis Kilgour stopped the run with a power play goal at 13:15, 11 seconds before Paul Cantabene put away Washington's ninth tally of the stanza.
Down 17-8 with 15 minutes to play, the Storm mounted a furious rally, hammering substitute goalie Erik Miller with 23 shots. Miller rose to the occasion, however, making 22 saves and allowing only one goal, Cam Bomberry's second of the game.
Cantabene finished with two goals and five assists for the Power, while Paul Gait had a goal and six assists. Del Halladay scored two goals and assisted on eight more, and Matt Shearer added a hat trick.
Six players shared New Jersey's scoring load, with Bomberry, Kilgour and Steve Sombrotto each scoring twice.
Washington starting netminder Devin Dalep made 26 saves through three periods to post the win. Matt Roik turned in a strong performance for the outgunned Storm, stopping 38.