January 19, 2013

Wings Surge in Fourth Quarter to Down Rock

from press releases

TORONTO — The Philadelphia Wings came back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Toronto Rock, 8-7 in front of 11,703 fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in the Wings' first road game of the season.

After trailing the entire game, the Wings took the lead with ten seconds to go on a Drew Westervelt game winning goal. Westervelt's second goal of the night was part of a five goal fourth quarter for the Wings, that saw two goals from Kevin Crowley and one each from Joel White and Kevin Ross.

Crowley ended the night with three goals and two assists, for five points while Wings captain Brodie Merrill, who was named NLL Transition Player of the Week, chipped in with a goal and ten loose balls.

Netminder Brandon Miller's solid play in goal kept the Wings within striking distance throughout the game. Miller ended the game with 53 saves on 60 shots, for a 88% save rate.

Going into the game, Toronto was 2-0, having won twice on the road to start the season. The Rock were led by Colin Doyle and Garret Billings, who each had four points. The Wings begin the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2008 season.

Toronto's Nick Rose continued his sensational play in the opening quarter of the game holding the visiting Wings scoreless. The Rock dented the twine on a pair of occasions to lead 2-0 after one quarter.

Philadelphia finally got on the board 5:20 into the second quarter breaking up Rose's 20:20 of spotless goaltending. Each team tallied once in the second quarter and the Rock carried a 3-1 lead into the half.

The Wings rallied with a pair of behind the net dunk goals to draw even at 3-3 early in the second quarter. The Rock got goals from Kasey Beirnes and Billings to regain their two-goal edge through three quarters.

After Philadelphia scored the first goal of the fourth quarter, Doyle scored a pair to stretch the Rock lead to 7-4. The Wings were far from dead as they struck for a pair of goals just 30 seconds apart with just over 5 minutes to play to draw to within a goal. Crowley scored his third of the game to tie the score 7-7 with 2:14 to play.

With well under a minute to go, Philadelphia's Westervelt set up behind the goal and cut back and dove out from behind the goal and tucked the ball behind Rose in the Rock goal to give the visiting Wings the win with just 11 seconds left.

The Wings will travel to Buffalo next weekend for a re-match against the Bandits, who the Wings beat 13-8 in Philadelphia's home opener last weekend, before returning to Wells Fargo Center on a quick turnaround to play the Calgary Roughnecks the next day on Sunday, January 27. The game will feature a salute to American Heroes and a jersey auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

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