PHILADELPHIA WINGS FALL TO MAMMOTH 10-9 IN COLORADO ON SATURDAY NIGHT
The Philadelphia Wings were unable to pull out a win against Colorado, despite holding the Mammoth scoreless in the second half, losing 10-9 at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Saturday night.
For the first time since the season opener, the Wings did not trail after the first quarter, keeping things even at 3-3. Philadelphia fell behind in the second, trailing 10-4 at the half but managed to hold off the Mammoth’s scoring chances for the duration of the game. The halftime deficit proved to be too much to overcome, despite the Wings best defensive effort of the season.
Goalie Brandon Miller, returned to the line-up Saturday, after serving a one game suspension against Minnesota the previous evening. The Wings veteran net minder took control in the second half, playing shutout defense and recording 40 saves to go with an 80% save rate.
Offensively, the Wings had six different players find the back of the net but failed to convert on a scoring opportunity with under 20 seconds to play that would have tied things at 10, capping a second half comeback. Kevin Crowley continued his multi-goal streak with four goals and an assist. First-year Wings player, Kevin Ross scored his 100th career goal and ended the night with four assists for five points.
Colorado’s Jordan McBride scored four goals, all in the first half to lead the Mammoth. Trade deadline acquisition, Casey Powell had seven points on a goal and six assists as Colorado’s second meeting with the Wings fared better than their 14-12 defeat at Wells Fargo Center in late February.
Philadelphia went into the weekend needing two wins to clench a playoff spot but will head back home empty handed, going 0-2 on the weekend out West. The Wings are still in second place in the East, tied with Rochester, who shares a 5-6 record with Philadelphia.
Next week, the Wings will play another back-to-back series, starting with a nationally televised game against the Knighthawks on Saturday, April 6 in Rochester before returning home to take on the Minnesota Swarm at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m. Tickets are available online at WingsLAX.com, by phone at 215-389-WING or at the Wells Fargo Center box office.