(Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia)
The Philadelphia Wings (3-1) have now won three consecutive games following their 18-10 home-opening victory over the Vancouver Warriors (1-4) on Friday night.
Philadelphia’s offense saw contributions from all over the floor in the win. Josh Currier led Philadelphia with eight points (4G/4A) while Blaze Riorden also had seven points (3G/4A) and Kevin Crowley had five points (3G/2A). Matt Rambo also had six assists and Brett Hickey added a hat trick, as well.
Mitch Jones led Vancouver with six points (2G/4A) while Joel McCready had four points (3G/1A). Jordan McBride also had four points (2G/2A) and Keegan Bal dished out four assists in the loss.
Zach Higgins made 40 saves off of 50 shots for Philadelphia and Eric Penney, who didn’t start but played the majority of the game, made 27 saves off of 37 shots on goal for Vancouver. Aaron Bold started and played 27:06 minutes for Vancouver, making 10 saves off of 18 shots on goal.
Both teams traded two goals runs in the first quarter, entering the second quarter with things all knotted at two. However, a Trevor Baptiste goals just 58-seconds into the quarter helped spark a four-goal run for Philadelphia. Justin Salt stopped the bleeding for Vancouver and Jordan McBride and Joel McCready scored two goals later in the quarter to give them some more life, as well.
Holding a 9-5 lead heading into the third, Philadelphia was able to expand that lead fairly quickly with two consecutive goals to start the second half. And while Mitch Jones converted a off of a Justin Salt feed midway through the quarter for Vancouver, cutting the Wings’ lead to 11-6, Philadelphia caught fire again to end the third with a commanding 15-6 lead.
Joel McCready got Vancouver back on the board late in the third. McCready’s goal was the first of a three-goal run for the Warriors from late in the third through early in the second. While the Warriors were able to bring some life back into the game, things were too far gone for a major comeback.
A feed from Matt Rambo to Blaze Riorden late in the fourth not only gave Riorden a hat trick but also put the final nail in the coffin and sealed the 18-10 victory for the Wings.
Vancouver will be back at home next week as they take on the Colorado Mammoth on January 17th and Philadelphia will have a double-header next week, playing at New England on January 18th and home against Rochester on January 19th.