Paul Gait scored 2:54 into the game, and the Washington Power never trailed on their way to an 18-15 win over the Ottawa Rebel Thursday in front of 5,308 at the Ottawa Civic Center.
Gary Gait and Paul Cantebene scored within 15 seconds of each other to boost Washington's lead to 3-0 before Mike Benedict put the Rebel in the game with rapid-fire goals of his own, at 6:02 and 6:16. The Gaits continued to fuel the Power, however, Paul completing a first quarter hat trick at 7:30 and 9:58, and Gary collecting his second goal at 8:23. Jamie Raffan pulled the Rebel within three at 6-3 with 1:02 left on the clock.
The teams matched each other goal-for-goal through the final three periods, collecting tallies at the rate of four per quarter. Bobby Horsey's only goal of the game, at 5:10 of the fourth, left Washington up 16-13, and officially put the game out of reach.
The Gait brothers dominated the potent Washington offense, Gary with six goals and four assists, and Paul at four and four. Cantebene and Josh Sims each added two goals and three assists as the Power outshot Ottawa 63-48.
Benedict matched Gary Gait's 10-point performance, scoring four goals and dishing off for six more. Ryan Painter scored three of his four goals in the second stanza, and added three assists. Chris Konopliff finished with a hat trick and three assists for Ottawa.