February 18, 2012

Wings Down Toronto, Take Over First in NLL East

from press release

TORONTO - The Philadelphia Wings made a statement on Saturday night, using a strong second quarter to handily beat the Toronto Rock 14-8 in the Air Canada Centre and move into sole possession of first place in the East Division.

After being pushed around by Toronto in the opening frame and trailing 3-2, the Wings (4-2) outscored the Rock 4-1 in the second to open up a two-goal halftime lead that they would never relinquish.

The Philadelphia win spoiled the return of Rock captain Colin Doyle, who has been battling a leg injury and was not a big factor in the outcome, finishing with one assist.

Dan Dawson, Brendan Mundorf and Kevin Crowley led the Philadelphia attack. Dawson had his second straight double-digit point game, following what he deemed an unacceptable losing effort two weeks ago against the Rock in Philadelphia. The big right-hander had three goals and seven assists.

Mundorf was simply dominant in what was likely his best game as a Wing. He had five goals and three assists, playing the role of sniper with three goals from the same spot to the left of Matt Roik, who was pulled halfway through the fourth.

Crowley added three goals and three assists.

The Philadelphia defense was suffocating, led by Brandon Miller who finished with 32 saves on 40 shots.

Garrett Billings had a hat trick and Jamie Rooney two goals for Toronto, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Toronto (3-3) just didn’t have an answer for the superior play of Philadelphia. Two weeks ago, the Rock blanked the Wings in the second half en route to a 15-6 win in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia travels to Edmonton to take on the Rush Friday night while Toronto will host Rochester.

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