Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/2/11
In front of the loyal, loud and proud fans, the Philadelphia Wings staged an epic fourth quarter comeback tonight to defeat the Toronto Rock, 12-11, at the Wells Fargo Center.
Down 10-6, the Wings (5-8) ripped six unanswered goals in the fourth quarter, forcing Toronto coach Troy Cordingley to pull goalie Pat Campbell in favor of the veteran Bob Watson with seven minutes to play. Though Watson would only surrender one goal after entering the game, that one goal – scored by the Wings’ Matt Danowski – would prove to be the difference.
Taking home the game’s MVP honors, forward Drew Westervelt turned in a hat trick and three helpers for six points. Westervelt’s final two goals sparked the 6-0 fourth quarter run and brought the crowd to its feet in his response to his mid-air scores. Brendan Mundorf netted a hat trick of his own and was instrumental to the team’s success.
While Toronto tried to stop the bleeding via a change in net, all-star goalie Brandon Miller stayed rock solid for Philly. Turning aside 31 of 42 shots faced, Miller made a number of key stops late in the game to preserve the Wings’ slim lead.
After Westervelt’s two goals to start the fourth, the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center came alive, screaming like a play off birth depended on it. In a particularly dramatic moment, Wings defender Brett Manney (Holy Ghost Prep) – who scored his first goal as a Wing earlier in the evening – played to the crowd following Max Seibald’s tying goal at 10-10. Manney raised his arms and began imitating Allen Iverson’s famous hand-to-the-ear to further stir the fans, whose support played no small role in the win.
The last chance to see the Wings at home in the Wells Fargo Center is Sunday, April 10. The Wings host the Rochester Knighthawks at 2:30 p.m.
Toronto Rock 11 at Philadelphia Wings 12 –
Apr 2, 2011 – Wells Fargo Center
Toronto 3 6 1 1 – 11
Philadelphia 3 2 1 6 – 12
1st Quarter-1, Philadelphia, B. Mundorf 11 (D. Westervelt, M. Zash), 3:41. 2, Toronto, K. Beirnes 20 (J. Gilbert, S. Leblanc), 7:05. 3, Toronto, A. Pascas 11 (G. Billings, S. Leblanc), 8:30. 4, Philadelphia, B. Manney 1 10:07. 5, Toronto, S. Leblanc 32 (G. Billings, B. Manning), 11:33 (pp). 6, Philadelphia, M. Seibald 6 (A. Turner, R. Boyle), 12:39 (ea). Penalties-B. Mundorf Phi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:18; P. Dawson Phi (interference on goalie), 10:57.
2nd Quarter-7, Toronto, C. Doyle 23 (S. Hoar), 2:59. 8, Philadelphia, R. McFadyen 1 4:15. 9, Toronto, C. Doyle 24 (B. Manning, P. Merrill), 4:32. 10, Philadelphia, D. Westervelt 19 (S. Holmes), 5:15 (sh). 11, Toronto, G. Billings 27 (C. Doyle, B. Manning), 5:32 (pp). 12, Toronto, K. Ross 1 (M. MacLeod), 5:40. 13, Toronto, A. Pascas 12 (M. Hobbins), 6:41 (sh). 14, Toronto, C. Doyle 25 (R. Hellyer, S. Leblanc), 14:03. Penalties-P. Merrill Tor (roughing), 4:32; P. Dawson Phi (roughing, facemask), 4:32; S. Chapman Tor (checking from behind), 6:21; served by M. MacLeod Tor (illegal substitution), 14:59.
3rd Quarter-15, Philadelphia, B. Mundorf 12 (R. Boyle, D. Westervelt), 1:36 (pp). 16, Toronto, A. Pascas 13 (G. Billings, B. Manning), 13:58. Penalties-A. Turner Phi (slashing), 4:47.
4th Quarter-17, Philadelphia, D. Westervelt 20 (B. Mundorf, M. Danowski), 2:41. 18, Philadelphia, D. Westervelt 21 (R. Boyle, M. Danowski), 3:54. 19, Philadelphia, B. Mundorf 13 (A. Turner, R. Boyle), 6:13 (pp). 20, Philadelphia, M. Seibald 7 (R. Boyle, B. McGlone), 7:22. 21, Philadelphia, R. Boyle 6 (A. Turner, D. Westervelt), 7:49. 22, Philadelphia, M. Danowski 1 (A. Turner, R. Boyle), 9:50. 23, Toronto, B. Manning 20 (S. Leblanc, G. Billings), 13:35 (ea). Penalties-K. Ross Tor (holding), 5:10.
Shots on Goal-Toronto 11-13-10-8-42. Philadelphia 14-12-7-14-47.
Power Play Opportunities-Toronto 2 of 4; Philadelphia 2 of 3.
Faceoffs-Toronto 13 of 27; Philadelphia 14 of 27.
Goalies-Toronto, Campbell 0-1-0 (45 shots-34 saves); Watson 10-3-0 (2 shots-1 saves). Philadelphia, Miller 5-8-0 (42 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Bob Hollingsworth (9), Kevin Biggs (91).