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Chicago Ends Wings' Season with 17-11 Win
Philadelphia Misses Playoffs for Fifth Straight Season

Sunday, April 15, 2007

By Jennifer Stefani
Philadelphia Wings Correspondent

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - The Philadelphia Wings season and playoff hopes came to an end with a 17-11 loss to the Chicago Shamrox at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL. After a loss to the Minnesota Swarm at home last night, the Wings had one final opportunity to secure a playoff spot with a win tonight and with a New York Titans win over the Toronto Rock. Although the Titans defeated the Rock 12-11, the Wings were not able to overcome a five goal lead by the Shamrox at halftime.

"Of course we're all incredibly disappointed," said Wings' General Manager and Head Coach Lindsay Sanderson. "We've had a couple of lucky breaks around the league that kept us in the playoff race, but we weren't able to take care of our own destiny. "

Chicago's Cody Jacobs scored the first goal of the night but the Wings tied it at one when defenseman Kyle Sweeney scored. Bill McGlone put the Shamrox by one and Philadelphia's Athan Iannucci tied it again. The Shamrox scored two straight (Jason Clark, Chris Panos). Sweeney scored his second of the night, an unassisted goal, with :08 left in the quarter, but Chicago held a 4-3 lead after one.

Chicago dominated the second quarter outscoring the Wings 8-4. The Shamrox scored two power play goals to start the quarter (Panos, Josh Wasson) with a third coming from Jacobs. Wings starting goaltender Ken Montour went down after a hit after the goal and was replaced by backup Matt Roik. The Wings' Marc Morley scored a power play goal to give his team their first goal of the quarter. Jason Clark scored his first of the night for the Shamrox followed Morley's second of the night for the Wings. Chicago scored four straight (Wasson, Darryl Gibson, Thomas Montour, Kyle Dupont). But, Philadelphia's Geoff Snider scored two straight unassisted goals to bring his team within five with Chicago holding a 12-7 lead.

Chicago scored the first three goals of the third quarter (Jacobs' third, a power play goal by Mat Giles and Jacobs' fourth) and Philadelphia scored the second three (a power play goal by Morley, Dan Marohl, and Thomas Hajek). At the end of three quarters, the Shamrox held a 15-10 lead.

The Wings' Jeff Ratcliffe kept his team's momentum going into the fourth quarter with the teams' fourth straight goal. Any empty next goal by the Shamrox Mike Kirk followed by another goal by teammate McGlone sealed the game for Chicago with a 17-11 win.

Leading the Wings in scoring were Athan Iannucci with five points (1G, 4A), Geoff Snider with four points (2G, 2A), Marc Morley with three goals, Kyle Sweeney with two goals, Dan Marohl with two points (1G, 1A), and Thomas Hajek and Jeff Ratcliffe each with one goal. Goaltender Ken Montour made 11 saves on the night while Matt Roik made 22.

Leading the Shamrox were Jason Clark and Josh Wasson each with five points (2G, 3A), Cody Jacobs with four goals, Chris Panos with four points (2G, 2A), Mat Giles and Thomas Montour each with four points (1G, 3A), Bill McGlone with three points (2G, 1A), Darryl Gibson with three points (1G, 2A), Kyle Dupont and Mike Kirk each with two points (1G, 1A). Goaltender Brandon Miller made 44 saves.

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