IANNUCCI BREAKS SINGLE-SEASON GOALS RECORD

Wings forward scores goals #61 and #62 to pass Gait's record

04/12/2008

Athan Iannucci has done it! A new league record for goals by a player in a single season by scoring his 62nd goal of the year tonight, against Minnesota.
Athan Iannucci entered tonight's game against the Minnesota Swarm with 60 goals scored on the season, only one behind the all-time single season record of 61, set by Gary Gait of the Colorado Mammoth in 2003. In the third quarter of tonight's game, Philadelphia Wings at Minnesota Swarm, Iannucci scored the record-tying and record-breaking goals.

After being held to no goals in the first half of tonight's game, Iannucci scored the record-tying goal, his 61st of the season, with 8:56 remaining in the third quarter. It was a power play goal with assists going to Merrick Thomson and AJ Shannon.

Moments later, Iannucci scored the record-setting goal, his 62nd of the season, with 6:08 remaining in the third quarter. It was an even-strength goal, assisted by Kyle Sweeney and Taylor Wray. The game was briefly halted, and Iannucci was applauded by the Minnesota fans for making history. The goal made the score Minnesota 11, Philadelphia 9.

After a six-goal performance on Friday night, Philadelphia's Athan Iannucci entered tonight's game having scored 60 goals this season, just one shy of Hall of Famer Gary Gait's single-season scoring record of 61. Tonight's game is a battle between the Wings (9-4) and the Minnesota Swarm (8-4) in a first-place battle at Xcel Energy Center.

Iannucci has averaged 4.6 goals and has not scored less than three in any game this year.

The Wings can clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight combined with a Toronto or New York loss.

"He is a wonderful player and he's got size and strength and a real desire to get into a good shooting position," said Swarm GM Marty O'Neill.

Minnesota comes into the contest having lost four of its last six games, but won its most recent game, 12-9, against the New York Titans. Sean Pollock and Ryan Ward each had hat tricks in that game.