The Philadelphia Wings' defeated the New York Saints at the
Nassau County Coliseum in an 18-17 overtime win. The win is the Wings third straight and ties them with the Colorado Mammoth for the National Lacrosse League's Eastern Division lead. The Wings (5-5) meet the Saints (1-10) again this Saturday at the First Union Center at 1 p.m.
"We're happy with the overtime win, but we have to remember we led by eight goals at one point," said Wings' coach Adam Mueller. "We have to refocus quickly to be successful against this team again at home on Saturday."
The Saints stuck first with two quick goals by Gavin Prout and Jeff Wills in the first minute of game action followed by a third goal by Doug Shanahan at 2:39. The Wings got their first goal of the night when Brian Tower scored at 4:02. The Wings pulled within one when defenseman Andrew Martin scored his first goal of the season followed by a goal by Keith Cromwell to tie it at three. Tom Marachek scored his first of the night to pull the Wings ahead by one, but the Saints scored just one minute later to tie the score again. The Wings' Tower scored his second of the night to pull the Wings up by one again then the Saints' Chris Driscoll tied it at five. Tony Henderson scored his first of the night to give the Wings the lead again followed by a goal by Jeff Ratcliffe to put the Wings up 7-5 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wings extended their lead by two more with goals by Henderson and Marechek. The Saints replaced starting goaltender Gee Nash with backup Phil Wetherup at 12:02. The Wings brought their lead to five when Henderson recorded a hat trick at 6:28. Cromwell scored his second of the night to put the Wings up by 6. New York got back on the board when Chris Panos scored at 11:03. At the end of the first half the Wings led the Saints by a score of 11-6. Wings goaltender Dallas Eliuk had 25 saves while Nash had 8 and Wetherup had 2 for the Saints.
The Wings Cromwell struck first for the Wings in the third quarter followed by a goal by Marachek just :15 later. Tower got his second of the night for the Wings at 7:28. New York went on a six-goal scoring streak with three goals by Bryan Bendig, two by Matt Shearer, and one by Chad Culp to bring the Saints within two. But the Wings stuck last in the third quarter with a goal by at 14:57. At the end of the third quarter the Wings held a 15-12 lead.
New York scored first in the fourth with a goal by Bendig at 2:48. Prout pulled the Saints to within one with his third goal of the night.
Ratcliffe got the Wings first score of the quarter at 5:42 followed by Tower's fourth of the night. The Saints scored again with a goal by Panos at 8:04 then pulled with in one again with another by Panos at 10:53. The Saints tied the game with just :02 left with a goal by Shanahan. Keith Cromwell scored the overtime goal at 2:53 to give the Wings the win and a share of the Eastern Division lead.
Keith Cromwell led the Wings offense with five points (4G, 1A). Other leading scorers for Philadelphia included Tom Marachek with seven points (3G, 4A), Tony Henderson with five points (3G, 2A), Brian Tower with five goals, Jeff Ratcliffe with five points (2G, 3A), , and Andrew Martin with one goal. Goaltender Dallas Eliuk had 50 saves at the end of the night.
Leading the Saints in scoring was Gavin Prout with seven points (3G, 4A). Goaltender Gee Nash finished the night with 8 saves for the Saints, while Phil Wetherup had 19 saves.