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Wings Stay In Playoff Hunt

03/16/2002, 11:34am EST
By National Lacrosse League

Chris Sanderson replaced the injured Dallas Eliuk midway through the game, and helped the Philadelphia Wings to a 12-11 upset over the Washington Power in front of 13,717 fans at the First Union Center.

After trailing 11-9 at 12:07 of the fourth, the Wings scored three goals, by Tom Ryan, Mark Millon and Jake Bergey in a minute and a half to seal the win.

The win keeps the Wings in playoff contention with two games remaining.

"We really stuck with it for all 60 minutes," said Wings coach Adam Mueller. "I happy with the guys tonight. We could have fallen with Dallas went down, but we came back and chipped away. Sanderson is always ready as a backup. Tonight he slammed the door shut and made some great saves."

It was a physical first quarter, with both teams combining for seven penalties. Washington struck first on a goal by Del Halladay, but Philadelphia responded with two power play goals and a stronger defense. Bergey put the Wings on the board with a shot from on top of the left crease line and Millon gave Philadelphia the lead. Kevin Finneran assisted on both goals.

Washington fought back with three goals in the first three minutes of the second quarter. The first two goals, from Gary Gait and Bobby Horsey, came on the power play. Bergey added his second goal before the Power took control once again. Paul Cantabene gave Washington a two-goal lead and Gary Gait added a goal while Eliuk was down with an injury. Eliuk was replaced by Sanderson, who allowed another goal by Gary Gait at the end of the quarter.

Jeff Ratcliffe brought the Wings within three in the last 10 seconds of the period with Sanderson pulled from the goal.

Washington increased its lead to four with a goal 20 seconds into the third quarter, but Philadelphia took advantage of two penalties by Kip Fulks to add two more power play goals. Bergey completed the hat trick and Finneran scored his first of the game. The Power rounded out the scoring with a Halladay goal to take a three-point lead into the final quarter.

Bergey led the Wings in scoring with four points (4G). Four other players scored goals for Philadelphia, including Millon (2G,2A), Finneran (2G,5A) , Ryan (1G) and Ratcliffe (3G).

Gary Gait led the Power in scoring with four points (4G).

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