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Philadelphia Win 8-7 at Toronto
- Updated: January 20, 2013
The Philadelphia Wings knocked off the Toronto Rock, 8-7 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in their first road game of the season. The Wings were down the entire game, but took their only lead with ten seconds to go with Drew Westervelt’s game winning goal. Westervelt’s second goal of the night was part of a five goal fourth quarter for the Wings that saw two goals from Kevin Crowley and one each from Joel White and Kevin Ross.
Toronto captain Colin Doyle appeared to have put this one away for the Rock when he scored a pair of goals mid-way into the fourth quarter to make it 7-4. But the Wings battled back. Joel White, with an unassisted goal at 9:02, cut the Toronto lead to two and Kevin Ross made it 7-6 30 seconds later. Kevin Crowley completed his hat trick, converting a great pass from Ned Crotty with 2:14 to tie it 7-7. Philadelphia used all this momentum to complete the monster come-back with Westervelt’s goal with 10.9 left in the game.
Second year Wings man Kevin Crowley tallied up three goals and two assists, for five points while Wings Captain Brodie Merrill, who was named NLL Transition Player of the Week, had a goal and ten loose balls.
Brandon Miller put on a show in goal and kept the Wings within reach all night with his effort. Miller had 53 saves on 60 shots, for a 88% save rate. On the season Miller is averaging 7.5 goal per game, which put him top in the NLL.
With the win for the Wings, they begin the season 2-0 for the first time since 2008. The Wings will travel to Buffalo next weekend for a re-match against the Bandits, who the Wings beat 13-8 in Philadelphia’s home opener last weekend, before returning to Wells Fargo Center on a quick turnaround to play the Calgary Roughnecks the next day on Sunday, January 27th. The game will feature a salute to American Heroes and a jersey auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
(Photo: Graig Abel via NLL.com)