March 29, 2009

Snider Returns; Wings Still Alive

from press release

The Philadelphia Wings kept their playoff hopes alive with a 17-13 victory in front of their home crowd against the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday night. The Wings fired a whopping 62 shots in the game as their offense was clicking all night. Forward Athan Iannucci led the team with four goals to go along with three assists. Goaltender Brandon Miller was credited with the win, saving 37 shots and allowing 13 goals.

Forward Merrick Thomson gave the Wings an early 1-0 lead just 33 seconds into the game, and teammate Mat Giles scored two minutes and 39 seconds later to make the score 2-0. By the time the first quarter was over, however, the game was tied at four. The Mammoth took their first and only lead of the game 31 seconds into the second quarter when forward Chris Gill made the score 5-4. Philadelphia followed that goal with four unanswered scores by four different players to end the first half with an 8-4 lead: Iannucci, Drew Westervelt, Rob Van Beek and Kyle Wailes.

The two teams spent the third quarter alternating scores, bringing the score to 11-8 entering the fourth period. Mammoth forward Gary Rosyski scored the first two goals of the fourth to pull Colorado within one, but the Wings responded with another streak of four unanswered goals by four different scorers: Thomson, Wailes, Westervelt and Iannucci. That made the score 15-10, and the Wings refused to relinquish the lead on their way to the 17-13 final.

Forward Gavin Prout led the Mammoth with three goals and four assists. Goalie Andrew Leyshon was under siege all night, facing every one of the 62 shots delivered by the Wings; he made 45 saves.

Wings transition player Geoff Snider made his return to the lineup after suffering a fractured windpipe against in a game against the Edmonton Rush on February 27. Snider played like he never missed any time, scoring two goals, gathering 13 loose balls and winning 25 of 30 faceoffs.

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