Wings Find Missing Offense, 12-8

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

Philadelphia finds their offense with huge first quarter.

The flailing Philadelphia Wings, in search of not only a win but, their offense, got both in this one. Philly went on the road to the Blue Cross Arena to face the Rochester Knighthawks.

Rochester’s Tyler Biles was a game changer just :18 into the game.

Biles seemed to be a man on a mission as he took advantage of Ben McIntosh who offered no resistance.

For some reason, he lost his mind and was given two minutes for instigation, five for fighting and a Game Misconduct.

That was the break the struggling Philadelphia Wings have been looking for.

First Quarter

With the Biles penalties, Philadelphia ripped off three power play goals in just 1:34.

Corey Small (6g,2a) enjoyed his best game as a Wing and opened the scoring with helpers from newly signed, Kyle Jackson and Blaze Riorden with :31 played.

At 1:01,Ben McIntosh (3g,1a) converted off a Small set up for power play number two

Twenty four ticks later, Kevin Crowley (5a) fed a sweet pass that Blaze Riorden (2g,2a) buried for power play three.

It took 8:21 for Rochester to stop the run when Ryan Smith (2g) buried a Curtis Knight feed

John Wagner (1g) hit net thirty six seconds later to cut it to a 3-2 game.

Small hit net again with help from Crowley and Kiel Matisz (4a) and with 2:39 remaining, Ben McIntosh (3g,1) took advantage of the third Crowley assist and the second from Jackson to end the opening quarter with a 5-2 Philadelphia edge.

Second Quarter

Philadelphia effectively blew it open with a 4-0 blitz.

Small at :42 from Matisz and Jackson and a power play goal at 4:33 helped by McIntosh.

Kyle Jackson (1g, 5a) got his first as a Wing on yet another man up with Small and Crowley assisting.

A Long Road Back

Down 9-2, Rochester had a lot of work to do and not a lot of time.

Charlie Bertrand (1g) planted a Turner Evans set up and the second assist from Knight.

Thomas Hoggarth (2g) cut it to a five goal differential at 9-4.

That is how the third would end.

Final Quarter

Philadelphia took their foot off the gas. Despite going 21:25 without hitting net, Small hit for his fifth with Jackson and Matisz continuing to pick up points.

Rochester got it somewhat respectable thanks to Curtis Knight (1g, 2a) hitting a transition goal started by netminder, Joel.Watson who hit Ryland Rees (1a) with a pretty outlet that Rees dished off to Knight.

Turner Evans (1g,2a) hit net at 5:25 to make it 10-6.

Rochester got their power play rolling when Hoggarth hit an unassisted power play score at 8:49.

Evans and Holden Cattoni (1a) hit Smith on a pretty pass around for the second consecutive man up goal at 9:20 to make it a two goal affair, 10-8.

The Rochester faithful were getting loud in hopes of a come back.

The hopes were dashed when McIntosh got his hat trick with help from Riorden and Jackson.

Three minutes later, Small got his sock trick to end the proceedings, 12-10.

More Things

• Philadelphia snaps a four game losing streak to improve to 6:7 and remain alive for a playoff berth

• Rochester drops to 3-10 and. is on the outside of playoff hopes.

• Shots on Goal were 56-51 for the visitors.

• Face offs heavily leaned the Philadelphia way, 18 of 24 with Trevor Baptiste going 18 for 23.

• Power plays had 6 for 8 for the Wings and Rochester with the late surge went 2 for 3.

• Zach Higgins stopped 48 Knighthawks shots while Joel Watson turning aside 39.

Wings Find Their Offense.

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.