Ryan Painter scored four goals and led the Ottawa Rebel to a 17-16 victory over the New York Saints at the Nassau Coliseum.
Kris Bryde made a big return with five goals, but it wasn't enough to come up with a victory. New York scored two goals in the final two minutes to cut the lead to one, but a defensive stand and a big save by Matt Disher helped Ottawa hold on for the win.
The Rebel jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but New York came back and traded goals through the first quarter. Dan Marohl and Painter each recorded two goals in the first, propelling them to a 5-3 lead after the first quarter.
Bryde took matters into his own hands and scored twice in the first three minutes to tie the game at five. Ottawa answered back, and the teams began trading goals in a fourth quarter with a total of twelve goals scored. Leading 11-9 at the half, Ottawa was confident going into the locker room.
The Saints came out strong, with Ramar Clash scoring a shorthanded goal in the third. New York killed seven minutes worth of penalties, and in a strong third quarter the Saints tied the game at 13.
Determined to maintain the lead, the Rebel went on a 4-1 run, with Mike Benedict hitting his fourth and fifth goal of the game. Down by three goals with only three minutes to play, New York pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker. It paid off as the Saints scored two goals in the final few minutes to cut the lead to one. Disher made a huge save on the final possession to hold the lead for the
Ottawa improves to 4-11, into a last place tie with the New Jersey Storm, who they play tomorrow at 7:00 PM in Ottawa. New York finishes the season at 5-11.