January 22, 2011

Wings Rally Late to Top Mammoth

from press release

DENVER -- Trailing for more than 44 minutes, the Philadelphia Wings mounted a comeback to defeat the Colorado Mammoth,11-10, for their first win of the 2011 season at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

The Wings came out in the second half with an intensity that took the Mammoth by surprise. Third quarter goals by Max Seibald, Ryan Boyle and Drew Westervelt slimmed the Mammoth lead to one. The Philadelphia defense held the Mammoth to only three goals in the second half, all of which came in the fourth quarter.

Forward Kyle Sweeney opened the fourth quarter with a goal that would tie the game at 7. The Wings and Mammoth would exchange three goals a piece in the next 12 minutes. Paul Dawson’s second goal of the game, with only 1:30 remaining in the contest broke the 10-10 tie, giving the Wings the edge.

Philadelphia's standout transition player Max Seibald ended the night with three goals, an assist and three loose balls. Athan Iannucci had a goal, two assists and two loose balls. Dawson, a defender, had two goals and an assist.

Colorado fell at home in front of 16,034 fans. Key contributors for the Mammoth included forward Brian Langtry, who scored a hat trick in the game, and forward John Grant Jr., who tallied eight points on two goals and six assists.

Despite these efforts, Mammoth penalties and Philadelphia’s transition offense proved to be too much for Colorado to overcome.

The Mammoth got on the board early with an underhand goal by Langtry just 24 seconds into the first quarter. Colorado piled on two more goals just 32 seconds apart - the first coming from forward Jason Wasson on an assist from Grant, the second from Langtry who collected a rebound, beat one defender, then buried it in the back of the net.

Grant racked up his third assist of the quarter with a pass to forward Mike McLellan on a power-play goal to put the Mammoth up 4-0.  Philadelphia finally found the net with 1:21 remaining in the quarter to bring the score to 4-1.

The Wings started the second-quarter scoring with a goal from transition player Max Seibald 1:18 in. The Mammoth answered as forward Alex Gajic scored a short-handed goal, beating his man on a face dodge, freeing his hands for the shot. Philadelphia matched with a power-play goal from forward Brendan Mundorf just 38 seconds later, bringing the Wings to within 2.  The Mammoth pushed the score to 7-3 before the half as Langtry completed the first-half hat trick at the 5:55 mark while forward Jamie Shewchuk added the final goal of the half on a power-play goal at the 13:09 mark.

The Mammoth’s second half woes continued from last week in Calgary as Colorado allowed the Wings to score three goals while adding none of its own, bringing the score to 7-6 going into the final frame.

The fourth quarter started much like the third with Philadelphia scoring first. A goal by Wings transition player Kyle Sweeney just 8 seconds into the quarter was followed, just 30 seconds later, by a goal from Seibald. The Mammoth managed to stop the bleeding with back-to-back goals from Grant, both coming off outside shots by the forward at the 1:01 and 1:41 marks.

The Wings tied the game at nine as defenseman Paul Dawson scored a fast-break goal just under five minutes into the quarter.  The Wings took their second lead of the game on a power-play goal at the 7:55 mark.  Mammoth transition player Ilija Gajic tied the game at 10 with a laser shot with 2:32 remaining, only to see the lead slip away on another transition goal by Dawson with 1:30 left in the game.  Unable to score in the final moments, the Mammoth was handed its second loss of the season, bringing its mark to 1-2 on the year. Dating back to last season, 12 of the Mammoth’s last 18 games have been decided by just one goal.    

Colorado will not have to wait long for another chance against the Wings, traveling to Philadelphia next Saturday, Jan. 29.

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