The Philadelphia Wings are back in action. It’s been some time since we had some meaningful NLL lacrosse in Philly. The Wings started their season on the road against one of their rivals—the New York Riptide. The Wings wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with one of the newest additions to the Philadelphia Wings team.
Holden Cattoni set the tone, making a powerplay goal. The Wings would rack up 4 straight goals after that for an early 5-0 lead. Things got a little hairy for the Wings in the second quarter, when Connor Kearnan, Jeff Teat, and the Riptide pulled to within 6-5 at the half. But goaltender Zach Higgins played well in the second half, not allowing the Riptide to put together a multi-goal run. Head Coach and General Manager Paul Day would make some adjustments and the Wings took care of business, winning 13-10.
Mitch Jones doing Mitch Jones things
Mitch Jones doing Mitch Jones things. He makes goals and works well not only in a two-man game on his side of the floor, but working with righty Joe Resetarits to move the ball east-west. His first assist move was sick! He makes an over-his-back pass to Blaze Riorden from the restraining line for a highlight reel goal. Jones then chipped in with a pair of goals himself. He became too much for the Riptide trying to defend. Jones led all players with 6 assists and 8 points total on the night. You can see why he’s in the MVP conversation, as his playmaking ability is remarkable.
The Bulldozer Blaze Riorden
Blaze Riorden went to work in the low areas of the crease around New York Riptide goaltender Cameron Dunkerley. Anytime Riorden got his hands on the ball – whether it be a pass from a teammate, a loose ball, or picking up a rebound, he would bulldoze his way through the Riptide’s defense for some big-time goals. Riorden would record four goals in the game. Between the assists from Jones and Resetarits, and Riorden smashing through the Riptide defense, New York had fits throughout the game.
Gobbler’s Game Notes
2023 draftees Mitchell Armstrong and Jackson Ganton made their NLL debuts on defense for the Wings; each picked up three loose balls, and Ganton nearly scored on a transition play. Isaiah Davis-Allen went 9 for 27 on faceoffs, but led the team with nine loose balls. Resetarits finished with five assists on the night. The defense held Jeff Teat and Reilly O’Connor to just two goals on 27 shots.
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Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a for 6 Philly sports fan. Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge). Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.