Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/27/13
From Press Release
Visiting Calgary bolted to a quick 5-0 advantage and never relinquished the lead in defeating the host Philadelphia Wings, 16-8, Sunday afternoon in a National Lacrosse League contest at the Wells Fargo Center.
Sunday’s loss follows the Wings’ 13-12 nail biter loss to the Bandits in Buffalo Saturday night and drops the Wings to 2-2 on the season, placing them third in the NLL East Division.
The Wings trailed, 8-2, after two quarters, but rallied to within two goals in the second half, before fading late in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia was led by transition player Paul Rabil, who tallied three goals and two assists, and forward Kevin Crowley with two goals and three assists. Additionally, forward Kevin Ross netted two goals, bringing him to six goals for the weekend after he led the Wings with four goals Saturday night.
Normal starter Brandon Miller (23 saves) replaced Kevin Croswell (13 saves) midway through the first half for the Wings in hopes of creating a spark.
Dane Dobbie had four goals and two assists for Calgary and Shawn Evans added two goals and four assists while former Wing Geoff Snider had two goals and three assists along with 13 loose balls and Curtis Dickson (Delaware) added three goals and two assists.
After the team’s bye week this week, the Wings will return to action against the Rochester Knighthawks at Wells Fargo Center for the team’s business person’s special on Friday, February 8 at 11 a.m.
Buffalo 14, Wings 13
The Wings were handed their first loss of the season 14-13, to the Buffalo Bandits at the First Niagara Bank Center on Friday.
For the second time in as many weeks the Wings found themselves going head-to-head with longtime rival Bandits, this time the end result favored Buffalo. In a game that saw multiple lead changes, the Wings had an opportunity in the final seconds to tie the game but failed to convert on what would have been Ross’ fifth goal of the game.
Ross led the way for the Wings with four goals and two assists, while Jordan Hall and Drew Westervelt each had three goals and three assists for six points on the night. Crowley, who failed to score a goal for the first time this season, found other ways to contribute with four assists.
Brandon Miller, whose solid play in the Wings first two games earned him league Defensive Player of the Week honors had 38 saves on 52 shots for a 73% save rate.
Former Wings Mike Hominuck and David Brock led the Bandits with three goals and two goals respectively. The Bandits improve to 3-1, with their lone loss coming at the hands of the Wings earlier this month.