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Wings Lose Heart Breaker in Final Second to Minnesota

March 14, 2009 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Philadelphia Wings News Release

PHILADELPHAI, PA - The Wings Athan Iannucci, the league's 2008 MVP, returned to his goal scoring dominance with his largest output (5G, 2A) since suffering a major knee injury. But it was not enough as the Wings (4-7) were stung by the Minnesota Swarm, who scored the game winner with five seconds left in the game to take the victory 13-12.

"After last time we knew this would be a tough physical game and that is what we got," said Head Coach Dave Huntley.

The Wings offense was non existent in the first quarter during which they were outscored four goals to zero. Head Coach Dave Huntley was forced to pull starting goaltender Brandon Miller in favor of Rob Blasdell. Philadelphia was able to gain ground in the second quarter behind two goals from Iannucci and an assist. The halftime score was 6-4.

Iannucci continued to add offense in the second half with a goal and an assist in the third quarter. Both teams netted three and Minnesota maintained their two goal lead. The Wings came out on fire, in the fourth quarter and it all started with a goal by Iannucci at 2:40 of the final period of play. Rob Van Beek and Merrick Thomson would add goals and the Wings had their first lead at 10-9. Minnesota stormed back to tie the game and with five seconds remaining scored on a diving behind the net shot by Chad Culp to give them the 13-12 win.

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