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Event Spotlight:
Seven Goal Second Period Help Wings March Pass The Saints

Saturday, March 17, 2001

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

The Philadelphia Wings scored seven goals in the second period, including three in the first forty five seconds against the New York Saints for a 14-10 win in front of 14,421 loud fans. Kevin Finneran led the Wings with two goals and five assists, while Jake Bergey lit the lamp five times to improved the Wings record to 7-3. Jason Wulder led the Saints with four goals and three assists and Mark Frye chipped in with three goals and two assists.

Wearing green uniforms in honor of St. Patrick's Day, the first period breaks all belonged to the Saints. On their first shot of the game, the Saints scored forty-eight seconds into the period. After Bergey tied the score at 1-1, New York had three consecutive power plays and capitalized on two as Wulder and Frye scored to make it 3-1 midway through the period. Late in the period with the Wings having the man advantage, Bergey converted a pass from Finneran and Jeff Ratcliffe to close the gap to 3-2. That goal seemed to ignite the crowd and the emotion carried over into the second period.

The Wings seemed to win every face-off in the period including the opening one, as Mike Busza sped by the defense and tied the game at 3-3 just eight seconds into the period. Moments later with two Saints in the penalty box, Mark Millon gave the Wings the lead for good on a great pass from Tom Marachek. Marachek had returned to the lineup after missing the Toronto game with a back injury.

Peter Jacobs' goal made it 5-3 capitalizing on a turnover and with less than a minute played the Wings were now in control. With Dallas Eliuk standing strong in nets, the Wings continued to run. Bergey, Marachek and Finneran scored within three minutes of each other and the Wings led 8-3. Wulder and Frye scored sandwiched around a goal by the Wings Tom Phair ended the half with the score in favor of the Wings 9-5.

The second half saw each team score five goals and the Saints could get no closer than the 14-10 final. The Wings next home game is Saturday night March 31st at the First Union Center, as they will play Washington.

Photos by Boog Williams

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