Saturday, August 23, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Wings lose fourth in a row, 15-14, to Swarm

At first glance, it looked like the Flyers had swapped their skates for some lacrosse sticks. But, upon further examination, it was the Wings out on the field after all.

On Sunday afternoon, the Wings traded in their traditional Black-and-Red’s for Flyers-themed orange and black uniforms to signify a new partnership between the two teams, and Flyers charities.

The game’s faceoff was led by legendary Flyers goalie Bernie Parent, and the evening was capped off by a post-game live auction of Flyers-themed jerseys, with the proceeds benefitting Flyers charities.

Unfortunately, the new colors didn't help the Wings' efforts as they were handed their fourth consecutive loss, 15-14, at the hands of the Minnesota Swarm.

The Wings came out of the gate firing in the first quarter, putting up seven goals on only 11 shots. They out-paced the Swarm early, as Minnesota was only able to muster three goals on 15 shots through the first. Jordan Hall led the way for the Wings with two goals in the opening quarter, with Kevin Crowley, Brodie Merrill, Pat Saunders, Kevin Ross and Garrett Thul each chipping in one of their own.

The pace slowed in the second, with the Wings and Swarm scoring only two and three goals respectively. Pat Saunders had both goals for the Wings, while Kiel Matisz of the Swarm added two of his own.

Heading into the half, the Wings held a 9-6 lead over Minnesota, despite the fact that the Swarm put up more shots on goal (25-24).

The Swarm continued to outshoot Philadelphia in the third quarter and they were able to cut the lead to two for the first time all afternoon midway through the quarter. Minnesota brought itself back into the game despite another strong start to the quarter from the Wings, who put in the first two goals in the third. After the early goals however, the Swarm surged as the Wings struggled to score. They held on to a 12-10 leading heading into the fourth, with the momentum suddenly shifted.

The Swarm seized that momentum and rode it early in the fourth, scoring four straight goals and capturing their first lead of the afternoon. The Wings responded with a goal from Crowley, his second of the afternoon.

The score stood at 14-13 for what seemed like an eternity as the two teams each tried to seize final control over the contest. Eventually, goals were traded with the Swarm striking first. With under a minute left, Minnesota clung to a 15-14 lead. The Wings had an opportunity, but their final offensive attack was stopped, and the Swarm held on for the victory.

The Wings fall to 3-7 with the loss, as Minnesota took the season series 2-1. The Wings won’t be back in action until March 8 in Rochester, so the team has a little time to address the issues that have been plaguing them during the current four game losing streak.

Michael Kaskey-Blomain Sports
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