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Rebel Beat Philly in close one at Civic Centre

February 15, 2003 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Ottawa Rebel News Release

The Ottawa Rebel equalled a team record of four wins in one season by beating the Philadelphia Wings 11-9 at the Civic Centre. Led by the outstanding goaltending of Matt Disher and a four-goal performance by Kevin Howard, the Rebel also improved the club's home record to 3-2.

The Rebel trailed 5-4 at halftime but rallied in the third quarter, outscoring the Wings 4-1 in the third 20-minute frame to take a 10-6 lead. Philadelphia got back into the game and narrowed the Ottawa lead to a single goal when Tom Ryan beat Disher at 7:42 of the fourth.

But Howard scored his fourth goal of the game at 9:15 of the final frame to regain Ottawa its two-goal lead. Starting Goaltenders: Ottawa -- Matt Disher (W, 4-2); Philadelphia -- Dallas Eliuk (L, 2-5) Rebel Player of the Game: Ottawa goalie Matt Disher made 45 saves as Philadelphia outshot the Rebel 56-41. Ottawa Scoring: Kevin Howard 4 goals 1 assist; Mat Giles 3 goals 2 assists; Jason Clark 1 goal 1 assist; Ryan Painter 1 goal; Eric Pacey 1 goal; Shawn Zettel 1 goal; Chris Konopliff 2 assists; Stephen Evans 1 assist; Brandon Sanderson 1 assist; Scott Self 1 assist.

Toronto Scoring: Tom Marechek 2 goals 2 assists; Jeff Ratcliffe 2 goals 1 assist; Keith Cromwell 1 goal 2 assists; Tom Ryan 1 goal 1 assist; Dan Marohl 1 goal 1 assist; Tony Henderson 1 goal; Andrew Guindon 1 goal; Dallas Eliuk 1 assist; Jeff Spano 1 assist; Ryan Traynor 1 assist. Fast Facts: Philadelphia forward Tom Marechek scored his 300th career NLL goal, beating Matt Disher with a quick shot over the left shoulder in the dying seconds of the first half ... The win gave the Rebel its first win over Philadelphia in three games since the franchise moved from Syracuse to Ottawa in 2000-2001 ... Former Rebel players Dan Marohl and Andrew Guindon scored for Philadelphia ... Orleans resident Kevin Dostie was held off the scoresheet for the second straight game ... Ottawa forward Kevin Howard extended a scoring streak to eight games. Howard is the only player on the Rebel roster to record at least one goal and one assist in each of the team's games this season.

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