Wings Win in OT; Other Home Teams Fall on Saturday

The Philadelphia Wings punched their ticket to the NLL playoffs in dramatic fashion with a 10-9 overtime victory over the league-leading Toronto Rock in the team's home finale at Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon.

The Wings played perhaps their most physical and intense game of the season in the back-and-forth victory over the 10-5 Rock to secure their second playoff berth in as many years. After Toronto tied the game at 9-9 on a penalty shot with under a minute to play, the Wings capitalized early in the extra period as forward Jordan Hall caught a perfect pass from Drew Westervelt and lit the lamp for the deciding goal.

Philadelphia improved its record to 7-8 on the season and currently sits at third place in the East Division.

Goal tender Brandon Miller was a force between the pipes all night long, registering 48 saves, including the 4,000th save of his NLL career, and holding the league's most prolific scoring team to just 10 goals. Offensively the Wings were led by forward Brendan Mundorf with six points on two goals and four assists and Kevin Buchanan who had two goals and two assists.

In defeat, Josh Sanderson led Toronto with three goals. Casey Beirnes scored a penalty goal for the Rock with under two minutes to play in the fourth to force overtime, on his way to three points on two goals and an assist.

Philadelphia hits the road next Saturday for their last regular season game to face the Washington Stealth in Everett. With another win in Washington and two Rochester losses, the Wings can clinch a home playoff game.

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Philadelphia, PA The Philadelphia Wings (7-8) defeated the Toronto Rock (10-6) by a score of 10-9 in overtime and clinched a spot in the post-season in the process at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams started slowly and it was a pair of goals from Josh Sanderson that helped Toronto build a 2-0 lead well into the opening quarter. Philadelphia got in the board with just under 2 minutes remaining in the first quarter as the Rock led 2-1 after one.

Philadelphia tied the score early before Toronto rattled off a pair to once again lead by a pair at 4-2. The Wings score two of their own in the final 5 minutes of the half to tie the score 4-4 at the half.

The third quarter didn't provide much offence either as both goaltenders continued to steal the show and allowed just a goal each keeping the game deadlocked 5-5 heading to the final quarter.

It had to happen, both the Wings and Rock began to find the mark with some consistency in the fourth quarter. The teams traded goals back and forth and the lead changed hands on several occasions, but the two teams decided 60 minutes wasn't enough and it was off to overtime tied 9-9.

The Rock got to overtime when Philadelphia was assessed a minor penalty for too many men which results in a penalty shot when the infraction occurs with less than 2 minutes remaining in regulation. Rock forward Kasey Beirnes fired a shot to the top corner knot the game.

Just 1:01 into the extra frame and Jordan Hall ended it when he slipped behind the Rock defence and cashed in on a chance right on top of the crease.

Rock forward Garrett Billings finished the game with 2 assists to end up with an even 100 points on the season. His 100-point season follows a 114-point season in 2012 and it is also the first time in franchise history that a player has recorded back-to-back 100-point campaigns.

Also in attendance on Saturday in Philadelphia were the mothers of the Rock players as they all traveled with the team to the game against the Wings. It marks the second year in a row the parents have accompanied the team on the trip as last year the fathers were on board.

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