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Wings Sneak By Stealth 16-13

March 14, 2008 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Philadelphia Wings News Release


PHILADELPHIA - The Wings overcame a two-goal deficit in the final quarter to remain undefeated at home (6-0) with a 16-13 win over San Jose Friday at the Wachovia Center in front of 11,737 fans. All-Star Athan Iannucci led the come-from-behind victory with the tying and go-ahead goals in the final five minutes of regulation. The league-leading scorer finished the game with four goals and two assists. Goalie Rob Blasdell made 41 saves and added a goal and assist. The Wings will return home again on Sunday, April 6 to face the Toronto Rock at 8:00 p.m.

"It was a great defensive effort," said Wings' Head Coach Dave Huntley. "I thought our team showed a lot of character."

The Stealth outscored the Wings, 4-2, in the third quarter to tie the game at 10 going into the final quarter. Five straight goals and a strong defense by Philadelphia put the game out of reach.

Philadelphia scored in the first minute of play, but San Jose tallied on three of its first five shots to take a 3-1 lead. Goals by four different players put the Wings back in the game. Three more unanswered goals in the second quarter, including a pair by Iannucci, gave Philadelphia an 8-6 lead at halftime.

Athan Iannucci (4G,2A) led the Wings in scoring with six points. Nine other players scored goals for Philadelphia, including Kyle Sweeney (2G), John Christmas (1G,2A), Jason Crosbie (1G,3A), Jake Bergey (2G,3A), Jim Borell (1G), Geoff Snider (1G,3A), Jamie Rooney (2G,2A), A.J. Shannon (1G) and Rob Blasdell (1G,1A). Goaltender Rob Blasdell made 40 saves.

Jeff Zywicki led the Stealth in scoring with six points (4G,2A). Seven other players scored for San Jose, including Eric Martin (1G), Steve Holmes (2G,1A), Shaydon Santos (1G), Curtis Hodgson (1G,1A), Luke Wiles (2G,1A), Luke Hinton (1G), and Tom Johnson (1G,1A). Goaltender Anthony Cosmo had 40 saves, while Aaron Bold made seven stops.

NOTES: The Philadelphia Wings' All-Star Athan Iannucci was named the NLL's Player Of The Month for February, taking home the honor for the second straight month. This is only the second time in history, and the first in twelve seasons, that a player has won the award in consecutive months. Iannucci scored 17 goals and added six assists for 23 total points in the month of February...Iannucci, defenseman Taylor Wray, and transition player Geoff Snider all head to Edmonton on Saturday to play in the NLL All-Star Game on Sunday, March 16. The All-Star Game will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet on Thursday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m.

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