Saturday, March 4, 2006
By Jennifer Stefani
PHILADELPHIA - The Wings woke up after a slow first half to defeat the Rock, 14-12, Saturday at the Wachovia Center. The win comes after a tough overtime loss to Toronto last weekend. Philadelphia took the lead for the first time late in the third quarter and held on for the win. Jeff Ratcliffe led the team with four goals and an assist, while Dan Marohl added three goals and two assists.
"I think they just realized that if we're going to play in this league, we have to get back to what we're doing right ," said Wings' coach Lindsay Sanderson. "They weren't satisfied with the way they looked in the first half. It's nice to see them come back as a unit. The results speak for themselves."
Philadelphia goalie Matt Roik and Toronto netminder Bob Watson each made four saves to start the game. After five scoreless minutes, the Rock took a quick lead with goals by Colin Doyle and Aaron Wilson within a one-minute span. Toronto added to the lead with goals by Christ Driscoll and Blaine Manning. Roik was replaced by Erik Miller after the fourth goal. The Wings failed on a late power-play attempt, but finally put the ball in the net as Jeff Ratcliffe converted on a pass from Dan Marohl.
The action started quickly in the second quarter. The Wings began the scoring at the 25-second mark as Ratcliffe netted his second goal. Doyle answered with his second of the night a minute later. Roik re-entered the game in between the pipes and Philadelphia then took over with goals by Rob Van Beek, Marohl and Ratcliffe, in under two minutes, to tie the game at five. The Rock regained the lead with Manning's second score and went up by two as Doyle completed the hat trick with a power-play shot. Doyle added another goal and Manning completed the hat trick in the final minute of the half to give Toronto a 9-5 lead.
Kyle Sweeney opened up the scoring for the Wings in the second half with an unassisted goal. Doyle notched his fifth goal to put the Rock up by four once again. Dan Marohl answered with two goals as the Wings cut the deficit in half and Brad Self bounced the ball past Watson to bring Philadelphia within one. The Wings continued to battle as Sean Greenhalgh and Lower Merion graduate John Christmas scored goals in the final 15 seconds of the third quarter to give Philadelphia its first lead of the game (11-10).
Philadelphia tightened up its defense in the fourth quarter to defend the lead. The Wings' penalty killing unit survived a five-on-three advantage for Toronto. Roik made ten saves in the first ten minutes of the quarter before Doyle put in his sixth goal. The Wings wasted no time regaining the lead as Marohl completed the hat trick with four minutes left in regulation. Marc Morley and Ratcliffe gave Philadelphia insurance goals to clinch the victory.
Jeff Ratcliffe led the Wings with five points (4G,1A). Seven other players scored goals for Philadelphia, including Kyle Sweeney (1G), Dan Marohl (3G,2A), Rob Van Beek (1G), Brad Self (1G,1A), John Christmas (1G), Marc Morley (1G,1A), and Sean Greenhalgh (1G,3A).
Colin Doyle led the Rock in scoring with seven points (6G,1A). Four other players scored for Toronto, including Aaron Wilson (1G,3G), Blaine Manning (3G,4A), Brian Beisel (1G,1A), and Chris Driscoll (1G,2A).
NOTES: The Wings travel to Rochester on March 10 for the first game of a home-and-home series. The two teams return to Philadelphia to face off on March 11. Forward Sean Greenhalgh was named Rookie of the Week in week nine of NLL action. Greenhalgh recorded four points (2G, 2A) over the weekend in the Wings 12-11 loss to the Toronto Rock on Friday, February 24th.Great tickets for the 2006 Philadelphia Wings season are available through Ticketmaster.