Eight-Goal Run Lifts Wings Over Knighthawks

Down a pair of goals at halftime, an eight-goal run helped the Wings complete an 18-10 comeback over the Rochester Knighthawks Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wings looked in control to start the game with Blaze Riorden and Cory Vitarelli giving Philly a 2-0 lead.

Ryland Rees made a solo effort to get the Knighthawks within one and Holden Cattoni tied up the game 2-2 in the dying seconds of the first quarter. Thomas Hoggarth and Turner Evans open the scoring in the second to give Rochester a 4-2 lead. The Big Cat, Kevin Crowley’s power-play marker at 2:08 got the Wings back within one.

Matt Gilray added an unassisted goal at 2:44 to restore the Knighthawks two-goal cushion. Hoggarth scored his second of the game several minutes later. The Wings were now chasing a three-goal deficit. The quarter would end with Crowley and Riorden scoring for the Wings and Cattoni adding one for Rochester. Make the score 7-5 for the Knighthawks at the half.

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Eight-Goal Run Completes Comeback

Vitarelli scored a power-play goal 25 seconds into the third quarter, beginning the eight-goal run from six different goal scorers. Adding to the tally were Matt Rambo with a pair, Brett Hickey with a pair, Trevor Baptiste, Kiel Matisz, and Ben McIntosh. Curtis Knight would stop the bleeding at 13:26 of the third, but the damage had already been done.

But the Wings weren’t done. They opened the fourth quarter with a four-goal run with two goals from McIntosh, and singles from Matisz and Baptiste. Turner Evans and Hoggarth rounded out the scoring for the Knighthawks, while Anthony Joaquim had one for the Wings.

Top Scorers

PHI

  • Kevin Crowley, 2g 7a
  • Kiel Matisz, 2g 4a
  • Ben McIntosh, 3g 2a
  • Cory Vitarelli, 2g 3a

ROC

  • Shawn Evans, 6a
  • Thomas Hoggarth, 3g 2a
  • Holden Cattoni, 2g 1a
  • Ryan Smith 3a
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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years. For the past five years, he’s been the Saskatchewan correspondent for LaxPhilly.

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