Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/5/21 – From Press Release
Matt Rambo (La Salle, Duke’s LC, Springside CHA assistant coach) scored early in overtime to give the host Philadelphia Wings a thrilling 12-11 win over expansion team Panther City Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The game was the first for the Wings in over 600 days.
Panther City, from Fort Worth Texas, lost the franchise’s inaugural game despite taking a 5-2 lead after the first quarter and a 7-4 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was a different story. Philadelphia outscored Fort Worth 6-2 in the frame and took a 10-9 lead into the fourth quarter. Penalties proved to be costly for Panther City as five of the Wings’ 11 goals in regulation came on power plays, including three in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Panther City scored two goals, and defenseman Josh Mederios’ shorthanded tally with 6:42 left to play gave Fort Worth an 11-10 lead. Philadelphia got the equalizer 90 seconds later while still on the same power play as Brett Hickey (3G, 6a) tied it with 5:12 to play in regulation.
Rambo (three goals, four assists) provided the game-winner just 23 seconds into sudden-death overtime.
Ben McIntosh (Drexel grad) had two goals and two assists for the Wings. Zach Higgins had 29 saves, Corey Small had a goal and four assists and Kevin Crowley (Fusion Lacrosse co-founder) added four assists
Panther City goalie Kevin Orleman (35 saves) stood out in the first half.