Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/14/10
On a night that they honored the memory of Nick Colleluori, the Philadelphia Wings exploded for their highest scoring output of the year Saturday night.
Dan Teat (four goals, six assists), Drew Westervelt (three goals, seven assists) and Kyle Wailes (four goals, five assists) had huge games to power Philadelphia to a 20-11 rout of the Minnesota Swarm before 10,248 at the Wachovia Center.
The Wings’ outburst came on “HEADstrong St. Patrick’s Night at the Wings,” an event to partially benefit the HEADstrong Foundation. The organization was founded by Ridley graduate Colleluori, who died over three years ago from blood cancer after a 14-month battle.
In Colleluori’s honor, Wings (3-8) players wore the HEADstrong green shoelaces and donned green warmups. Many fans also wore green.
Perhaps the special occasion helped spark the Wings, especially in the second half. The Wings, who snapped Minnesota’s three-game winning streak, took an early 3-1 lead with the aid of two Wailes goals and led, 8-7 at halftime.
Geoff Snider (four goals, won 27 of 37 face-offs) opened the scoring flood gates with his tally at 3:43 of the third quarter. Philadelphia went on to score seven straight goals including two from Ridley graduate and former Colleluori teammate Bill McGlone (three goals, two assists).
Wings goaltender Brandon Miller was also on his game, stopping all 10 shots in the period (37 in all) as the Wings took a commanding 15-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Also for the Wings, David Mitchell dished off five assists, Kevin Huntley had a goal and two assists and John Christmas (Lower Merion) had a goal and an assist.