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Wings Weather Storm In New Jersey

01/18/2002, 4:47pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Philadelphia Wings scored seven fourth-quarter goals to snatch a 17-15 comeback win over the New Jersey Storm Sunday at Continental Arena.

The Wings battled back from an early 7-3 deficit, and trailed by only one goal with 15 minutes to play. Jake Bergey tied the score at 11-11 3:14 into the final stanza, and Philadelphia shot into the lead with rapid-fire tallies from Kevin Finneran (4:11 and 5:53) and Keith Cromwell (5:08).

Finneran scored his third goal of the period, and fourth of the game, at 10:58, Tom Ryan's goal at 11:42 opened up a 16-13 advantage, and Cromwell took advantage of a power play to add an insurance point at 12:29.

The Storm, still seeking their second win of the season, rocked the Wings with a strong opening period. Matt Panetta recorded a first-quarter hat trick. Scott Stewart scored 2:21 into the game, and New Jersey closed out the period with a string of four unanswered goals, by Panetta at 7:19, Cam Bomberry at 10:11, Joe Teatro at 12:16 and Kerry Susheski at 13:22. The Wings outshot New Jersey 14-13 in the first, but managed only three goals, two by Ryan and one from Tom Marechek.

The Wings picked up a goal in the second stanza and trailed 9-6 at the half, and continued to chip away at the Storm lead in the third. Ryan closed the gap to 9-7 at the :27 mark, and goals by Cromwell and Peter Janney left Philadelphia nipping at the Storm's heels at 10-9. Panetta and Finneran traded goals to close out the period.

Ryan matched Finneran's four goals for Philadelphia. Cromwell had a hat trick, and Marechek finished with two goals and four assists. Panetta and Susheski scored four apiece for New Jersey.

Chris Sanderson took the win in goal, with 34 saves, including ten each in the second and third quarters. Derek General suffered his fifth loss in goal for the Storm, despite a 31-save performance.

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