BOSTON DEFEATS PHILLY, 13-11; REMATCH TONIGHT
Veltman scores four goals to lead Blazers past Wings
01/23/2009The Boston Blazers defeated the Philadelphia Wings, 13-11, at Wachovia Center on Friday night. Rookie Daryl Veltman scored four goals and three assists, as Boston picked up it's first-ever win.
2008 League MVP Athan Iannucci made his return tonight, but his presence was brief, as he left early in the first quarter and did not return. Iannucci sported a brace on his right knee, which was recovering from an ACL injury suffered during the summer.
Veltman scored the first three goals of the game, and Boston led 4-1 after one quarter. The Wings battled back in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to 7-5, before taking their first lead of the game in the third quarter Jordan Levine's goal with five minutes remaining capped a four-goal run that gave the Wings a 9-8 lead.
Boston responded with three consecutive goals of their own, taking an 11-9 lead just moments into the fourth quarter. The Wings tied the game at 11-11 apiece on goals from Mat Giles and Drew Westervelt, but Blazers goalie Anthony Cosmo held the Wings scoreless the rest of the way as Gary Bining and Veltman sealed the win.
Dan Dawson was held scoreless, but recorded seven assists for Boston. Bining had three goals, while Matt Lyons notched two goals and three assists.
Anthony Cosmo earned the win in goal with 38 saves.
Westervelt and Giles each scored three goals and two assists to lead the Wings offense. Brandon Miller made 45 saves in the loss.
Boston (1-2) and Philadelphia (1-2) meet again tomorrow night at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.