Philadelphia battled back from two separate four-goal deficits to swat the Swarm in Overtime, 8-7. The Philadelphia Wings (5-3) ventured to the Gas South Arena to face the Rival Georgia Swarm (2-4). Philly puts together a classic comeback in Georgia.
To The Action
Georgia threatened to run away with this one. Swarming to a 4-0 lead off goals from Shayne Jackson (2g, 2a), Mike Poulin with a long outlet that Bryan Cole (2g) buried behind Zach Higgins (Wings netminder) a second from Jackson and, a second from Cole, all in a span of seven minutes. With 1:27 to play, Kevin Crowley (1g, 4a) stopped the bleeding to end the 4-1 first.
Crowley and Corey Small whittled away and found Brett Hickey (2g,1a) on the power play to cut it to a two-goal difference. Unfazed, the Swarm kept the pressure on with Lyle Thompson scoring a highlight diving goal followed by a second Swarm power-play goal started when Thompson (1g, 2a) set up Brendan Bomberry at 13:51. The surprisingly low-scoring half came to a conclusion with a 6-2 score. Shots at the Half were 28-16 the Georgia way. Philadelphia could only manage 8 shots in each quarter.
A Change is Coming
The Wings got uncaged at the half and were an entirely different team. Ben McIntosh (3g) with a pair, followed by Matt Rambo (1g, 1a) accounted for the only goals in the third to set up a thrilling finish with a 6-5 score. Crowley went back to work setting up Corey Small (1g, 2a) at the 1:33 mark and Philadelphia fought their way back to even things at 6-6.
A minute twenty-five elapsed and Ben McIntosh notched his hat-trick to put Philly up by one. The Swarm are too proud to fold the tent and leave town. With 4:55 remaining, it was former Wing, Jordan Hall who buried a Jackson set-up to knot it again, 7-7. Each team had chances in the closing minute but, could do no damage.
Another One Goal Philadelphia Game
For the fifth time in eight games, the Wings would have a one-goal win or, a one-goal loss. Brett Hickey put away a Corey Small pass at 6:34 to make it a one-goal win. Despite the low score, a combined 108 shots went on goal. Georgia had the edge, 60-48. Zach Higgins had 53 saves in his 66:36 with Mike Poulin stopping 40 Philly tries.
The power-play units were on their game with Georgia hitting 3 of 4 and the visitors a perfect 2 for 2. Trevor Baptiste continues to round out his game. Baptiste registered an assist, 9 loose balls, 3 caused turnovers, and more important, 15 of 20 from the “X”. Loose balls favored Georgia, 78-71 with Lyle Thompson matching Baptiste with 9. What a classic comeback in Georgia.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.