Monday, February 8, 2016

Wings edge Mammoth for second victory in a row

Brodie Merril. (Photo by Jesse Simmers)
Brodie Merril. (Photo by Jesse Simmers)

Two goals with less than a minute remaining in regulation propelled the Wings to their second consecutive victory, 14-12, over the Colorado Mammoth at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.

With the game knotted up at 12 in the fourth quarter, forward Tracey Kelusky fired a long-range shot to the back of the net to give the Wings the lead, 13-12, with 59.1 seconds remaining.

After thwarting the Mammoth’s last offensive gasp, transition player Joel White put the final touches on the win with an empty-net goal.

With the victory, the Wings improved to 5-9 on the season and are only a half game behind the Toronto Rock (5-8) for the final playoff spot in the NLL East Division.

For the Mammoth, the loss was their second in the row as they are now 5-9 as well.

Leading the way offensively for the Wings was forward Garret Thul who recorded his first career hat trick and an assist. Behind Thul were forward Jordan Hall and forward Pat Saunders, who each tallied two goals apiece.

Transition player Brodie Merrill lent a helping hand in nearly half of the Wings’ goals, as he recorded six assists to go along with a goal to lead the Wings with seven points.

Hall and forward Kevin Crowley were behind Merrill in the points department, as they each registered five.

Goaltender Evan Kirk played all 60 minutes for the Wings and made 36 saves on 48 shots, including some crucial ones in the closing moments.

The Wings will look to make it three victories in a row when they host the Calgary Roughnecks (8-5) April 4 at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m.

The Roughnecks boast two big offensive threats in forwards Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson. Evans is fourth in the NLL in points with 74 and Dickson is tied for second in goals with 30.
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