One night after putting up a perfectly horrible second half, the Philadelphia Wings came that close to pulling off a perfect one, but their inspired comeback fell just short as they lost 10-9 to the Colorado Mammoth. The Wings were tied 5-5 at intermission Friday night then got blown apart for 15 second-half goals in a 20-11 loss to Minnesota. It looked like the same thing was happening, just earlier, when a 3-3 first-quarter tie in Denver was followed by a 7-1 Mammoth second that left Philly trailing 10-4 heading into the break. But then Brandon Miller became unbeatable and the Kevins got into gear, and the Wings outscored Colorado 5-0 over the final 30 minutes.
It still wasn’t enough, though, as the Mammoth (5-8) held on and kept pace with Minnesota (5-7) for fourth place in points in the West Division and created a logjam in the battle over who will miss the playoffs. The Wings (5-7), fell into a three-way tie in the East Division wins column with Rochester (5-6) and Buffalo (5-8). If you’ve been paying attention to the records, you’ve noticed that means a five-way tie at five wins and a barn-burner of a playoff race to play out over the final three weeks of the season.
Jordan McBride continued his hot streak, leading Colorado with 4 goals and adding a pair of assists. John Grant, Jr. (3a) and Adam Jones (2a) each scored twice and Casey Powell scored once and added 6 assists for the Mammoth. Tye Belanger made 36 saves to pick up his third win since being entrusted with the keys to the Colorado crease.
Kevin Crowley and Kevin Ross had mirror image nights for the Wings: Crowley put up 4 goals and an assist while Ross had a goal and 4 assists. Kevin Buchanan chipped in a goal during the Kevin-themed second-half run. Miller stopped 40 shots, including all 18 he faced in the second half.
On a night when the Rochester Knighthawks honoured Paddy O’Toole by enshrining him in their Hall of Fame, Matt Vinc showed that Toole Time left the club’s crease in good hands by making 47 saves to lead them to a convincing 12-8 win over the league-leading Toronto Rock (9-5). The Hawks’ 4-0 run to start the game proved to be the difference as Rochester kept the Rock from clinching the East Division while keeping themselves from slipping two points behind the rest of the group fighting to make the post-season.
Mike Accursi led the way for Rochester with a hat trick and 2 assists while Dan Dawson and Cory Vitarelli each chipped in with a pair of goals. Garrett Billings (3g, 3a) and Colin Doyle (2g, 4) each put up 6-point nights for Toronto.
In battle for the West Division lead, the Calgary Roughnecks took full advantage of Tyler Richards‘ second game-changing high sticking major against the Riggers this year to come back and beat the Washington Stealth 13-11. Last time, the Stealth managed to hold on for a win, but this time Calgary made the most of the fourth-quarter opportunity. They scored 3 goals on the ensuing power play then added another on a Greg Harnett breakaway on backup Matt Roik before Washington was able to get Richards back into the game.
The Stealth (7-6) had a chance to come back. Dean Hill’s power play goal with 1:10 to play got them within one, but they couldn’t find the equalizer and Jeff Shattler buried an empty netter with 2 seconds to play for the final Calgary (8-5) marker. Curtis Dickson had his second straight 4-goal game as the Roughnecks pulled into a tie for first with Edmonton. Shawn Evans added 7 points (1g, 6a) to pull back within 3 points of Billings for the league lead with a game in hand to make up the difference.
Rate This Story: