Wings Bounce Back; Stealth Hold off Calgary

The Philadelphia Wings found themselves on the winning end against the Rochester Knighthawks for the first time since 2009, defeating their East division rival 10-8 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester Saturday.

Despite falling behind 4-0 in the first quarter, the Wings regrouped to put the Knighthawks away and collect their first win since defeating the Rock in Toronto in mid-January. Philadelphia used a four goal second quarter to get within two at the break. Captain Brodie Merrill's shorthanded breakaway goal provided the momentum heading into halftime and the Wings never looked back.

Merrill scored two goals on the night and had an assist, to earn his 300th career NLL point. The Wings got two goals each from Drew Westervelt, Kevin Buchanan and Kevin Crowley who led the team with five points. A goal each from Kyle Hartzell and former Rochester player Jordan Hall, rounded out the Wings scoring. With this win, the Wings improve to 3-3 on the season and move into third place in the East division.

After allowing four first quarter goals, goalie Brandon Miller buttoned things up, allowing only two goals in the second half and withstanding a barrage of shots in the last two minutes of the game as Rochester tried to even things. Miller's 39 saves was the net minder's most since the Wings last win on January 19.

In the Wings and Knighthawks previous match-up earlier this month, former Wing Dan Dawson torched Philadelphia for 11 points on five goals, but was limited by the Wings stifling defense to just two assists. Casey Powell led the Knighthawks with three goals, while rookie Johnny Powless added two goals in defeat.

The Wings return home to Wells Fargo Center Sunday to take on the Colorado Mammoth at 4:00 p.m. in the team's second annual "Bark in the Bowl" game. Fans are invited to bring their dog to the game to celebrate mascot Mad Dog's birthday.

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EVERETT, Wash.- The Washington Stealth erased a year-and-half long drought against Calgary and regained a share of first place in the NLL West with a 16-14 win over the Roughnecks, Saturday night before 3,819 at Comcast Arena in Everett.

The win put the Stealth back into positive territory at 5-4 and tied with the Roughnecks for first in the West. It was the first win for Washington over Calgary since its May 7, 2011 Western Division final playoff victory.

NLL goals leader Rhys Duch led the way, matching a regular-season career high 10 points, as the Stealth jumped out to a six-goal lead late in third and then withstood a eight-goal Calgary fourth to hang on for the win.

"We did such a great job to build a lead," Stealth Coach Chris Hall said. "We played solidly through the whole stretch and then had a little bit of melt down (in the fourth)."

With momentum running the Stealth's way through three, Calgary opened scoring in the fourth on a Shawn Evans goal just 28 seconds into the quarter to make it 12-7.

But the scrappy play that has hallmarked the rivalry, yet alluded the two squads for the first three quarters of tonight's game, finally emerged with Stealth goaltender Tyler Richards taking a five minute high sticking penalty at 11:31 of the final stanza.

"I let the emotions get the better of me for one second," Richards said. "It almost cost us the game. Luckily our boys responded and we put together a few goals in the last five minutes."

With Richards cooling his heals for an extended stay in the penalty box and Nick Patterson minding the net, Calgary went on to score three unanswered goals and six of the next seven to tie the game at 13-13 with 6:04 remaining and quiet the Comcast arena crowd.

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