The Shooting Eagles (5-6) move into second place with their 13-10 defeat of the Grizzlies.
While both squads have 5-6 records, the Eagles have the tie-breaker due to all their wins coming in regulation.
The Grizzlies picked up.an overtime win to make the difference.
The story of this one was Tristan Lomas. Lomas last saw game action back in August.
Lomas stopped 35 of the 45 Grizzlies shots he faced.
“I know who I am, and I know my game. I have always had to fight for my chance and to be given this opportunity tonight, I think I really seized my moment and that is what I have done for my whole career,”
“It has been a while, but I have been out with these guys every week and taking shots every time I can, has been really big for me. And my defence really stepped up, so I owe a lot to them.” Lomas stated candidly.
To The Action
A wide open opening stanza witnessed Samuel Clare (6g, 3a) hit net at 14:29 and again at 11:01 to put the Eagles in front, 2-0.
Mark Yingling (4g,1a) converted a set up from Declan Fitzpatrick and Clare to make it a 3-0 game.
Andrew Joseph (2g,1a) stopped the run at 5:21.
It then became, “you score, we score” with Yingling converting a second Fitzpatrick set up.
Erik Maas (1g, 2a) off a feed from Sekawnee Baker (2a) followed with :40 on the clock by Fitzpatrick (3g, 3a) and James Baker (3g) with just :08 closed the quarter with a 5-3 Eagles edge.
Things slowed offensively in the second with just four markers.
Fitzpatrick and Yingling stretched it to a 7-3 game with Joseph stemming the mini run.
Coady Adamson (3a) with Aidan Solomon (1a) did the work for Clare at the 2:52 mark to end the first half with the Eagles soaring, 8-4.
Two Down, Two to Go
The third also had only four goals.
Clare struck again with James Baker, Mitchell Nolet (1g) and Andrew Gresham,(2g,1a) starting a Grizzlies comeback with the third ending with the game getting tight, 9-7.
Can They Finish the Comeback?
Clare and Gresham exchanged goals two and a half minutes apart to get it 10-8 with 11:24 to play.
Clare followed by a man advantage goal from Fitzpatrick that seemingly opened things up.
The Grizzlies were not about to fold up the tent with James Baker and Brian Smith (1g) setting up an exciting finish.
The Eagles never got the memo with Clare assisting on a short handed Yingling tally to end the scoring on the 13-10 affair.
Shots were 52-45 the Eagles way with Brandon Humphrey stopping
39 of 52 in the Grizzlies nets.
Shooting Eagles went 2 of 5 on the advantage with the Grizzlies 0 for 4.
Eagles face off guy Brandon Fitzgerald was 10 of 14.
ALL West Winding Down
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The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
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