Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/21/14
From Press Release
The Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) host NLL East Division rival Toronto Rock at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. This is the second matchup of the season for Philadelphia and Toronto in the 2014 regular season. Toronto leads the season series 1-0. The Wings remain in the hunt for the postseason, trailing Toronto by two games for the final spot in the East Division.
“This is a big game for both teams,” said Head Coach Blane Harrison. “We are battling with the [Toronto] Rock for a spot in the playoffs. Destiny is still in our hands if we begin to turn things around late in the season.”
In their first meeting this season, Philadelphia was unable to defeat Toronto on the road. The Wings hope to be aided in support from their dedicated fans and even some love from the canine community with Bark in the Bowl night in celebration of Mad Dog’s Birthday. All dogs will receive free admission to Saturday’s game with a purchased ticket by their owners.
Other festivities included with Bark in the Bowl night are a visit from Mad Dog’s mascot friends to celebrate his birthday, Dietz & Watson $1 Hot Dog Night and a Toyota Thunder Stick giveaway to the first 5,000 fans in attendance.
In their all-time series against the Rock, Philadelphia has struggled against their division rival holding an overall record of 15-26 against Toronto. In games at Philadelphia, the series has been a little more even as they own an overall record of 8-11 at home against the Rock.
“We have to wipe the slate clean and start fresh beginning now,” said Wings Forward Tracey Kelusky. “There is no tomorrow in our race for the postseason and our guys know it. With our backs against the wall at a crucial point in the season, it’s time to see the character I know the Wings have in the locker room.”
In their previous meeting, the Wings had strong performances from Forwards Tracey Kelusky and Kevin Crowley as they each contributed three goals. Forward Pat Saunders also turned in a solid outing against his former team, recording a total of four points (two goals, two assists).
Toronto (4-6) is currently three and a half games back of Rochester for second place in the NLL East Division. Rock Forward Garret Billings leads the team in assists and points (50 assists, 70 points). In the only meeting between the Rock and Wings this season, Billings tallied an impressive 12 points (six goals, six assists).
The Wings travel west to Colorado next week as they battle the Colorado Mammoth in a cross-conference showdown at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, March 29 at 9:00 p.m. Philadelphia makes their way back home to host the Calgary Roughnecks on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center.
Tickets for all Wings 2014 home games are available by phone at 215-389-WING or online at WingsLAX.com.
The Philadelphia Wings are owned and operated by Philadelphia Wings L.P., whose principal owners are Michael French, Brad Brewster and Ted Goldthorpe. Comcast-Spectacor serves as the marketing, promotional, advertising, sponsorship and publicity arm of the Wings.