WINGS RALLY PAST KNIGHTHAWKS, 16-13
Gait scores five in debut, but Rochester falls to Philadelphia
01/10/2009The Philadelphia Wings defeated the Rochester Knighthawks 16-13 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on Saturday night. Drew Westervelt's goal broke a 13-13 tie with seven minutes remaining, and Wings goaltender Brandon Miller held Rochester scoreless the rest of the way to preserve the Wings first win of the season.
After the Wings got off to a 2-0 lead, Rochester opened its scoring with a goal from Gary Gait at the 5:41 mark. Gait's Hall of Fame career resumed tonight as the lacrosse legend came out of retirement to revive a playing career that ended in 2005. Gait scored twice in the quarter, and the Knighthawks led 5-4.
The scorers remained hot in the second quarter, as Wings forward Merrick Thomson registered the natural hat trick (three goals in one quarter). The game was tied 9-9 at halftime.
Philadelphia carried a 13-12 lead into the fourth quarter. Rochester tied the game on a Ken Millin power play goal with ten minutes remaining, but that was the last goal the Knighthawks would score in the contest. Wings goals by Westervelt, Sean Thomson and Patrick Heim sealed the win for Philadelphia, who improved to 1-1. Fellow NLL Hall of Famer Paul Gait loses in his head coaching debut for the Knighthawks (0-1).
Gary Gait scored five goals in his return to the league. Shawn Williams scored two goals and had six assists for Rochester. Phil Wetherup, starting in place of injured Knighthawks goalie Pat O'Toole, allowed seven goals on 14 shots faced before giving way to Derek Collins in the second quarter.
Brandon Miller made 36 saves on 49 shots faced for the Wings.