Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/16/08
The Philadelphia Wings scored five of the game’s last six goals to rally past the host Colorado Mammoth, 15-13, Friday night at Denver in National Lacrosse League (NLL) action.
The win kept the Wings undefeated at 4-0, one game behind first-place Minnesota (6-0) in the East Division standings. The Wings will host the Swarm next Friday at the Wachovia Center in an early-season showdown.
Athan Iannucci, recently named the NLL Player of the Month for January, scored the tying and winning goals in the final period and finished with five goals and three assists for Philadelphia.
“Although I wasn’t happy with our start, I’m proud of how our team battled back,” said Wings head coach Dave Huntley. “I think we saw some of the effects of having two weeks off at the start tonight, but this team really showed some poise in the second half.”
Philadelphia got off to a slow start in the first quarter only scoring two goals and amassing 12 minutes of penalties. After Wings’ rookie Merrick Thomson scored the first goal of the game, Colorado scored five straight, including two power play goals and a goal scored on a penalty shot by Gavin Prout. Thomson scored his second with just 40 seconds left in the first, but Colorado held a 5-2 lead after the first quarter.
Iannucci started the scoring in the second with a dramatic diving goal across the crease. The Wings continued to chip away at the Mammoth’s lead, scoring three more goals during the quarter to Colorado’s two to bring the Wings within one goal (7-6) going into halftime.
The Wings tied up the game in the third when Jake Bergey scored his first of the night but the Mammoth took the lead just 25 seconds later when they scored two goals just 20 seconds apart and continued to outpace the Wings to hold a 12-10 lead at the end of three.
Also for the Wings, Thomson (three goals, two assists) and Bergey (two goals, three assists) each had five points while Jamie Rooney (two goals, two assists) added four points. Jason Crosbie and Geoff Snider each had a goal and two assists while Rob Van Beek chipped in one goal. Goaltender Rob Blasdell had 47 saves.