Josh Sanderson recorded eight assists as the Albany Attack edged the Philadelphia Wings, 14-13, at the Pepsi Arena in Albany. Chris Parkin was the unlikely hero for Albany, scoring three goals and three assists, including the game-winner with just over 90 seconds to play. Albany keeps their playoff hopes alive as they improve to 7-8, while the Wings have one less opportunity to clinch the Eastern Division Title.
Philly started off in command, scoring the first three goals of the game, but Dan Teat and Mike Regan scored for Albany, giving Philadelphia the 3-2 lead after one quarter. The teams traded goals throughout the second, and the score was tied at six at halftime.
Tom Marachek scored the first goal out of the locker room, but Albany rattled off six straight to take their largest lead of the game, going up 12-7 after three. Philadelphia nearly matched the feat in the fourth, outscoring the Attack 6-2, but it was not enough to put them away.
Parkin scored on the power play with 1:34 remaining to put Albany up 14-11. Tom Marachek scored two unassisted goals in seven seconds, but Albany was able to run out the clock and hold on for the victory.
Mike Regan was named Game MVP with four goals and two assists. Chris Parkin and Gary Rosyski each scored a hat-trick and added three assists, while Josh Sanderson led the team in points with eight helpers. Rob Blasdell had 26 saves, getting the win in net.
Tom Marachek led the Wings with five goals and two assists, while Eliuk recorded 31 saves between the pipes for the Wings.
Philadelphia falls to 8-7. If Colorado loses one of their remaining two games (at Calgary, at Toronto) or Philadelphia wins their final game (at Rochester), then the Wings will clinch the Eastern Division Title. The Wings are also still in the wildcard race.
Albany improves to 7-8, staying mathematically alive in the wild card race. Albany hosts the Vancouver Ravens in the season finale next weekend.