Saturday, March 11, 2006
By Jennifer Stefani
PHILADELPHIA - The Wings made up for a disappointing loss in the first of the home-and-away series against first-place Rochester with a 16-12 win in game two Saturday at the Wachovia Center. Newly acquired Mike Regan made an impact in his first game with Philadelphia, scoring three goals and two assists. Rookie Sean Greenhalgh led the Wings' scoring with three goals and three assists. The Wings see their next game action in two weeks when they face the Western Division leading Arizona Sting on Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Wachovia Center.
"This is a good rebound from last night," said Wings' coach Lindsay Sanderson. "It's been a tough weekend. We got beat badly last night and the guys responded well tonight. They knew how important it was to come back and win in our home building. They dug down and found out how to win. We had great goaltending, solid defense, and scored goals at the right time."
"Regan is going to be a great addition," added Sanderson. "He's a man and can go to the net. He also has a rocket from the outside. He'll be a big threat to the other teams."
The Wings kicked things off in the opening minute of action with a goal by Keith Cromwell. Rochester quickly responded with a goal by John Grant. It took more than 10 minutes before the only other goal of the quarter was scored. Philadelphia failed to convert on a five-minute power play, but scored shortly after the man advantage ended. Greenhalgh's tally gave the Wings a 2-1 lead after one quarter.
Mike Regan scored his first goal as a Wings' player to start the second quarter. Dan Marohl increased the lead to three before Regan struck again to give Philadelphia a four-goal lead. Rob Van Beek continued the Wings' offense with a breakaway goal, adding to his two assists. The Knighthawks ended a 27-minute scoring draught with a power-play goal at the end of the half by Shawn Williams. The Wings took a 7-2 lead into the locker rooms.
Rochester opened the second half with Grant's second goal of the game. Philadelphia answered with Jake Bergey's first of the game.
The Knighthawks scored two goals within a 30-second span (Millin, Evans) to pull within three, before Jeff Ratcliffe got the Wings back on track.
Rochester tried to battle back once again with goals by Steve Toll and Shawn Evans. The two-goal margin was the closest since the opening minutes of the game. Regan completed the hat trick on the power play after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called on Shawn Williams.
The two teams traded goals to end the quarter (Philadelphia-Bergey, Rochester-Evans).
Philadelphia took a four-goal lead with Greenhalgh's second score to start the fourth quarter. Ratcliffe added his second before Grant completed the hat trick. Brad Self added a goal to his four assists for the Wings when Rochester pulled goalie Pat O'Toole for an extra attacker, but the Knighthawks kept on fighting with Grant's fourth goal. Greenhalgh also completed the hat trick, but Rochester pulled its goalie once again and added goals from Grant and Mike Accursi.
Philadelphia goalie Matt Roik successfully defending a penalty shot by Shawn Evans in the final minutes of the game to stop Rochester from a comeback. Van Beek finished the scoring with an empty-net goal.
Sean Greenhalgh led the Wings in scoring with six points (3G,3A). Seven other players scored goals for Philadelphia, including Mike Regan (3G,2A), Keith Cromwell (1G,3A), Dan Marohl (2G,2A), Jake Bergey (2G,2A), Rob Van Beek (2G,3A), Brad Self (1G,4A), and Jeff Ratcliffe (2G,1A).
John Grant led the Knighthawks in scoring with nine points (5G,4A). Six other players scored for Rochester, including Shawn Evans (1G,1A), Steve Toll (1G,1A), Scott Evans (2G,6A), Mike Accursi (1G,1A), Ken Millin (1G,1A), and Shawn Williams (1G,1A).
*NOTES: * Jake Bergey played in his 100^th regular season game. The Philadelphia Wings acquired forward Mike Regan and a first round pick in the National Lacrosse League Entry Draft in exchange with San Jose for forward Luke Wiles and defenseman Chad Thompson. Both Wiles and Thompson were selected by the Wings in the first round of the 2005 Entry Draft.