Saturday, March 3, 2007
By Jennifer Stefani
PHILADELPHIA - The Wings couldn't end their losing streak, falling to Rochester, 14-13, Saturday at the Wachovia Center in front of 11,491 fans. The Knighthawks led for most of the game, but the Wings battled back to tie the score late in the third quarter. The game remained close before Rochester finally pulled away late in the game. John Grant led the Knighthawks with three goals and four assists, while Kyle Wailes led Philadelphia with three goals and three assists.
"It was a real good battle tonight," said Wings' General Manager and Head Coach Lindsay Sanderson. "They're a good lacrosse team and we fell just one short. We worked hard. When you're up against a team like that you have to leave everything on the floor. Unfortunately we lost, but I thought we were very solid all night."
Defense dominated at the start of the first quarter, as both teams failed to score in the opening five minutes of play. Rochester found the back of the net first on a goal by Shawn Evans at the 5:05 mark. The Wings evened the score two minutes later on a Dan Marohl tally. The two teams traded goals once again as Stephen Hoar scored for the Knighthawks and Sean Greenhalgh added a goal for Philadelphia. Shawn Evans rounded out the scoring with his second goal of the game to give Rochester a 3-2 lead.
Hoar scored for the second time to open the second quarter. John Grant continued the offense for the Knighthawks, giving Rochester a 5-2 lead. Philadelphia had its chance to make up the deficit with over a minute of time on a two-man advantage. During the penalties, the Knighthawks drew a third penalty for illegally calling a time out. The penalty resulted in a penalty shot. Athan Iannucci took advantage of the opportunity, putting the ball past Rochester goalie Pat O'Toole. Greenhalgh brought the Wings within one with a power-play goal just 10 seconds later. Luke Forget got the Knighthawks back in action, scoring off an outlet pass by Steve Toll as he came out of the penalty box.Mike Accursi scored in the final minute of the half for Rochester, but Kyle Wailes quickly got the goal back to bring the Wings within two (7-5) going into the locker roms.
Scott Evans started the offense in the second half with a Rochester goal in the opening minute of play. Jake Bergey quickly got the goal back for Philadelphia. The Wings continued to battle back with a short-handed goal by John Christmas. Geoff Snider knotted the score at eight. Marohl scored Philadelphia's fourth unanswered goal to give the Wings the lead for the first time during the game. The Wings took a one-goal advantage (9-8) into the fourth quarter.
Rochester scored first for the fourth straight quarter as Scott Evans tied the scored at nine. Kyle Wailes got the goal back less than a minute later, but the Knighthawks regained the lead with a pair of goals by Shawn Williams. Wailes completed the hat trick, knotting the match-up at 11, but Williams answered with his own hat trick on the power play. Jeff Ratcliffe evened the score once again, and Grant got the goal back for Rochester. A pair of late penalties made a Philadelphia comeback nearly impossible. Grant completed the hat trick with an insurance goal. Iannucci added a final Wings' goal with the goalie pulled, but there wasn't enough time left on the clock to force overtime.
Kyle Wailes led the Wings in scoring with six points (3G,3A). Seven other players scored goals for Philadelphia, including John Christmas (1G), Geoff Snider (1G,1A), Sean Greenhalgh (2G,3A), Dan Marohl (2G,2A), Athan Iannucci (2G,2A), Jake Bergey (1G,2A), and Jeff Ratcliffe (1G). Goaltender Matt Roik made 37 saves.
John Grant led the Knighthawks in scoring with seven points (3G,4A). Six other players scored for Rochester, including Shawn Evans (2G,2A), Scott Evans (2G,3A), Stephen Hoar (2G,3A), Luke Forget (1G), Shawn Williams (3G,3A), and Mike Accursi (1G,2A). Goaltender Pat O'Toole had 45 saves on the night.