Halifax Outlasts Philadelphia

Halifax holds on for a big division win. Halifax outlasts Philadelphia in a 10-8 victory. In a game with playoff intensity, the Halifax Thunderbirds move to 7-1 with a defeat of the Philadelphia Wings, (5-6). The evening started on a somber note with a moment of silence for the victims in Ukraine. In a Philadelphia moment, the tension was shattered when a fan hollered….F@#% You Putin.
Things quickly went back to somber when Stevie Sanderson, daughter of the late Chris, performed the Canadian and American National Anthems.


To The Game

Philadelphia had the first four shots on goal with Warren Hill standing on his head. Shot number three, from Kevin Crowley would be historic as it marked the 1000th career save for Hill.

The Ghosts of former Wings came back when Clarke Petterson (1g, 3a), nephew of former Wings Coach, Dave Huntley, converted off a set up from Stephan LeBlanc and Kyle Jackson (3a). The goal came at the 2:10 mark. Chris Boushy (1g,1a) pushed it to a 2-0 Halifax advantage just 2:23 later. The goal was reviewed but the play stood.

Boushy appeared to score again but, he was ruled as being in the crease. Philadelphia had a chance to cut the deficit when they went on the power play. Unfortunately for the Wings, it was the Thunderbirds who capitalized. Stephen Keogh buried a Petterson feed to end the first quarter scoring with Halifax holding a 3-0 lead. Warren Hill was the story of the quarter with his 13 saves.

To The Second

After 20:06 and 17 shots, The Wings took flight. Kiel Matisz (1g,2a) finally proved that Hill is human with helpers going to Kevin Crowley and Ben McIntosh. Crowley (1g,4a) took all of the twenty-two seconds to cut it to a one-goal game, 3-2. Trevor Smyth was called for a four-minute holding infraction.

Matt Rambo (3g, 3a) made Halifax pay with help from Corey Small (1a) and the battle was on. The Halifax depth came to the forefront with Eric Fannell (2g), Colton Armstrong (1g,2a), and thirty-one seconds later, LeBlanc (1g,1a) closed the half with Halifax in front, 6-3.

To The Third

Noncon Thompson (1g) made it four goals in a row with Rambo having an answer :56 later on an absolutely beautiful goal. Fannell notched his second to close the third with an 8-4 score leaning the Halifax way. Can Philly mount a comeback?

Rambo set up Ian Lloyd (1g) with 1:57 elapsed. Keogh lit the lamp at 2:05 and again at 3:11 to seemingly put it out of reach at 10-5. Philadelphia found a second gear and mounted a comeback. Rambo, Brett Hickey (1g) followed by McIntosh (1g,2a) cut it to 10-8.

Then, controversy. Corey Small picked up a loose ball and Hill, falling down, landed on the ball on or near the goal line. An extended review on the challenge from Wings Coach, Paul Day, was denied, no goal. Philadelphia could do no further damage and time ran out on the 10-8 final.

“We were not good…Our offense was not good, our power play was not good….” Wings Coach.

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Shots on Goal went 52-49 the Philadelphia way. Brett Hickey fired 11 with Ben McIntosh 10. For Halifax, it was Stephen Keogh with 10 and Eric Fannell with 9. Wings netminder, Zach Higgins stopped 39 shots with Warren Hill 44.

Face-offs were even between Jake Withers for Halifax and Philadelphia’s Trevor Baptiste, 11 of 22. Loose balls had 67 for Halifax and Philly scooping 64. Halifax outlasts Philadelphia in a 10-8 victory.

“The defense played a heluva game, the goalie played a heluva game…we need to get better with the offense.”

Matt Rsmbo
Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.