Philadelphia Wings See Overtime Heartbreak in Toronto
TORONTO, ON - The Philadelphia Wings turned a three-goal deficit into a two-goal lead and eventually forced overtime, but couldn't hold off a hard-charging Toronto Rock squad in an 11-10 setback.
The game was scoreless for nearly ten minutes until Blaze Riorden gave the Wings a 1 -0 lead. But Toronto scored the game's next three goals, including two in 28 seconds early in the second quarter, before Liam Patten made it 3-2 at the 5:24 mark of the second.
The Rock picked up the first two goals of the second half to open up a 5-2 advantage, and the teams traded goals until Toronto's lead was 7-4 with less than a minute to go in the third quarter. That's when the Wings started a rally, picking up goals from Kiel Matisz and Chris Cloutier 22 seconds apart before the third quarter ended, and then scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to take a 9-7 lead.
Toronto charged back, scoring twice in 12 seconds to tie the score. Riorden gave the Wings a 10-9 lead with 2:24 to play, but Tom Schreiber tied it for Toronto with just 20 seconds remaining. Adam Jones then picked up the game-winner 3:51 into overtime.
Doug Buchan went the distance in goal for the first time this season, making 51 saves on 62 Toronto shots. Matisz led the Wings with two goals and two assists, while Cloutier, Riorden and Patten all had two-goal evenings as well. Trevor Baptiste was 16-for-24 (67 pct) on face offs.
Schreiber and Jones were the difference for Toronto - Schreiber had five goals and three assists along with 13 shots, while Jones had five goals, an assist, 15 shots and grabbed 13 loose balls.
The Wings return home next Saturday to the Wells Fargo Center to host the Georgia Swarm. In partnership with the U.S. Lacrosse Convention, lacrosse enthusiasts can purchase a general admission ticket to LaxCon's Fan Fest and a reserved seat to the Wings-Swarm game on Saturday, January 12 at 7 p.m. for just $23. These combo tickets are on sale now at WingsLAX.com. The Wings and US Lacrosse invite fans to participate in an equipment drive at the game. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used equipment to the game and drop in the bins at the door. All equipment collected will be donated to the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (PLA), the local U.S. Lacrosse Chapter. The PLA distributes equipment to local youth in an effort to grow the sport.
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