Wings edge Knighthawks to drop Rochester to last in East; Stealth move into tie for first in West by beating Roughnecks
In a game of runs, the Philadelphia Wings one-upped the Rochester Knighthawks. Philly scored the last pair of goals, including Drew Westervelt’s diving winner on a delayed penalty, to down the defending champs 10-8 in National Lacrosse League play Saturday night. Rochester scored the only 4 goals of the first quarter, including a power play marker by Cody Jamieson to start the period and a shorthanded goal by Cory Vitarelli to end it. The Wings turned things around in the second, pulling off their own 4-goal run capped by a streaking shorthanded goal by Brodie Merrill.
Rochester got the next pair to wrap up the first half with a 6-4 lead. The Wings then did all the damage in the third quarter, outscoring the Knighthawks 4-0 including a pair of long-range bombs by Kevin Buchanan. Well, maybe Rochester did a bit of damage in the quarter; at least Johnny Powless did. The youngster tangled with Mike Manley and scored a decisive win in the only fight in the game.
Rochester came back to tie things up in the fourth quarter. Casey Powell snuck in a beautiful behind-the-back shot to finish off his hat trick then Powless hit from the outside for his second of the night and it was 8-8. Once again, Westervelt came through with a game-winning goal in acrobatic fashion. The righty dove across the crease and zipped the ball back the way he came to beat Matt Vinc at 5:36.
Rochester outshot the Wings 16-9 in the final quarter but wasn’t able to get another goal past Brandon Miller, who made 39 saves to earn the win. Merrill potted an empty-netter just as time was about to expire to reach the final 10-8 margin.
In the late game, Washington took a 12-6 lead into the final quarter but had to hang on through a wild finish to down the Calgary Roughnecks 16-14. The Stealth win puts both teams at 5-4 and tied for first in the West Division. Rhys Duch had a 10-point night (3g, 7a) for Washington and Athan Iannucci scored 4 goals and added 3 assists.
The Riggers didn’t go quietly. They opened the fourth quarter with a 7-1 run, thanks largely to a high-sticking major to Stealth goalie Tyler Richards that he had to serve himself. Calgary roughed up backup Nick Patterson for 5 goals on 11 shots in his 5:22 of playing time. When Geoff Snider scored off yet another faceoff win at 8:56, the Roughnecks had come all the way back to tie the game at 13-13.
But then Duch, Justin Salt and Tyler Garrison reeled off 3 goals in 3:20 to regain control for the Stealth and Calgary could only get one of those goals back. Jeff Shattler was Calgary’s top scorer with 3 goals and 3 assists and Curtis Dickson also had a hat trick.
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