Philadelphia Survives Late Rally and Holds on for 14-12 Victory
Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.
Kevin.”Big Cat” Crowley, Corey Small and netminder, Zach Higgins were the difference in the Philadelphia Wings 14-12 besting of tbe New York.Riptide.
New York.was without the dynamic Jeff Teat but, provided a major challenge it this one.
For the second d straight game Philadelphia found themselves trailing when Connor Kearnan (2g) found an opening at put one past Wings. Netminder, Zach Higgins with just:13 played.
Philly roared back started by a Crowley (4g,5a) man advantage marker aided by Corey Viatarelli (1g, 2 helpers), Crowley and Kiel.Matisz (3a) setting up Matt Rambo (1g, 4a) followed by Blaze Riorden (3a) sending a pretty pass that Brett Hickey (2g,1a) potted behind Riptide goalie, Steven Orlemon.
Callum.Crawford (4g,4a) ended the run to begin his big 4 goal, 4 assist affair.
Rambo turned playmaker in setting up Corey Small (4g,4a) to Jumpstart the big night from one of the newer WIngs and close the first with a 4-2 Philly edge.
The goaltenders, Higgins and Orleman began to step up and rejected several stellar tries.
Scott Dominey (1g) and Leo Storos (1a) teamed up to cut it a 4-3 game at the 3:09 mark.
That kick started a back and forth with Crowley and Small quickly answering.
Unfazed, the Riptide battled and reaped the benefits with a powerplay goal from Kieran McArdle (3 tallies, a half dozen helpers).
Hickey and McArdle exchanged punches with Corey Vitarelli converting a Crowley end to end Rush after a time out with just three seconds left to close the half with Philadelphia holding a seemingly uncomfortable three goal edge.
Despite the Stellar Goaltending, this was a slugfest
Larson Sundown (2g,1a) fired an over hand rocket to cut it 8-6. That ignited the “see you, raise” game. With Crowley and Sundown exchanging goals just thirty seven seconds apart.
Not to be outdone, Ben McIntosh (1g, 1a) and McArdle did feel same but, in thirty nine ticks.
The party was in full force with Small and Crawford hitting rope.
Crawford and Kearnan crashed the party to close the quarter with an 11-11 score.
Small gave Philly the lead and Higgins stole the show.
Higgins had five point blank saves in less than thirty seconds and Philly was feeling it.
Crowley gave the home team a two goal lead at 8:19 and Higgins was still a brick wall despite allowing another Crawford goal to get it white knuckle time.
Corey Small put the exclamation point on the 14-12 final with help from..who else? Big Cat and Hickey.
The power plays went 3 for 5 for New York and Phil)y posting
3 of 6.
Shots on Goal favored the home team, 53-48.
Orleman stopped 36 shots and Higgins matched his 36.
An epic face off battle saw Tervor Baptiste and Jay Thorimbert battle with Baptiste securing 19 of 30 with a game high 12 loose balls.
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.