Saturday, March 24, 2007
By Jennifer Stefani
PHILADELPHIA - The Wings trailed for the entire game, but fought back to win, 12-11, with a last-minute goal by Kyle Fiat Saturday at the Wachovia Center in front of 12,132 fans. It was the first meeting between Philadelphia and the expansion Chicago Shamrox. The Wings never held the lead until the winning goal was scored. Goalie Matt Roik stopped all ten shots in the fourth quarter to make the victory possible. Sean Greenhalgh led the Philadelphia offense with four goals and two assists. The Wings had lost their previous four games.
"I'm just so happy," said Wings' General Manager and Head Coach Lindsay Sanderson. "Hopefully we got the monkey off our backs and the goals will start going in. These guys are working so hard and are feeling the pressure. I can't say enough about the fourth quarter, and the third quarter. I'm so proud of them."
The two teams started slowly in the first quarter, but eventually got their offenses going. Josh Wasson struck first for the Shamrox, but the Wings answered with a power-play goal by Sean Greenhalgh. Chicago responded with two goals in less than a minute by Mat Giles and Rusty Kruger. Once again Philadelphia evened the score on tallies by Kyle Wailes and Greenhalgh. The Shamrox had the last say in the quarter with a goal by Kyle Dupont.
Chicago pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring Philadelphia, 5-1. The Shamrox jumped to the 7-4 lead with goals by Bill McGlone, Chris Panos and Thomas Montour. After the third goal, Matt Roik was replaced in goal by Ken Montour. The Wings' only goal came from Athan Iannucci, 11:47 into the quarter. McGlone and Giles each netted their second goals of the game to give the Shamrox a 9-4 lead at halftime.
Roik returned in goal for Philadelphia to start the second half and the Wings started their comeback attempt with a goal by Jake Bergey. It took Chicago just 21 seconds to get the goal back (Panos). The two teams traded goals once again with Iannucci's second of the night for the Wings and McGlone's third to complete the hat trick. Thomas Hajek and Giles dropped the gloves before Greenhalgh rounded out the scoring to get a hat trick. The Wings trailed, 11-7, with one quarter remaining.
Geoff Snider got the Wings and the Philadelphia crowd back into the game with a fight against Drew Candy after the starting faceoff of the fourth quarter. Following the fight, Greenhalgh netted his fourth goal to bring the Wings within three. Dan Marohl added a goal to his five assists and Iannucci completed the hat trick to make it a one-goal game. Bergey evened the score at 11. The game had not been tied since 13:12 of the first quarter. Neither team scored for nearly 10 minutes before Kyle Fiat converted on an outlet pass from Rob Van Beek to give Philadelphia the victory.
Sean Greenhalgh led the Wings in scoring with six points (4G,2A). Five other players scored goals for Philadelphia, including Dan Marohl (1G,5A), Athan Iannucci (3G,1A), Jake Bergey (2G,2A), Kyle Fiat (1G,1A), and Kyle Wailes (1G,1A). Goaltender Matt Roik made 28 saves and Ken Montour stopped six shots.
Chris Panos led the Shamrox in scoring with five points (2G,3A). Six other players scored for Chicago, including Kyle Dupont (1G), Josh Wasson (1G,2A), Mat Giles (2G,3A), Bill McGlone (3G,1A), Thomas Montour (1G,1A), and Rusty Kruger (1G). Goaltender Brandon Miller had 40 saves on the night.
NOTES: Six members of the Philadelphia Wings will play for Team USA at the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Philadelphia natives John Christmas (Ardmore, PA) and Kyle Sweeney (Springfield, PA) along with fellow Wings teammates Kyle Fiat, Dan Marohl, Marc Morley, and Shawn Nadelen will participate in the eight-nation tournament at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, NS May 14-20.