Second Half Explosion Pushes Philadelphia Past New York

(Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia Wings)

The Philadelphia Wings used an offensive explosion to help secure a 14-6 home victory over the New York Riptide on Friday night. 

From the opening whistle through the early portion of the second, it was very much a back-and-forth contest as both sides traded two goals runs. Philadelphia was able to get ahead 4-3 at the end of the first but a goal from Jean Luc Chetner just 31 seconds into the second tied things up at four. 

The majority of the second was very defensive heavy with both Zach Higgins and Alex Buque standing tall in their respective nets. But Blaze Riorden was able to get one to go for Philadelphia and Tyler Digby scored off a bouncer late in the second, tying things up at five as the half came to a close. 

Philadelphia shot came out of the half on fire. They started the third on a three-goal run, including two from Cory Vitarelli, to to push their lead out to 8-5. Connor Kelly stopped the bleeding for New York, but Vitarelli scored late in the third to put the Wings up 9-6 heading into the fourth. 

Vitarelli’s goal to end the third sparked six-goal Philadelphia run to end the game. Brett Hickey tallied three of those six for the Wings, including the last two, to help secure the 14-6 victory for the Wings.

Philadelphia was led by Brett Hickey who tallied six points (5G/1A) and Kiel Matisz who also tallied six points (2G/4A). Kevin Crowley also had seven points (1G/6A) in the win. Tyler Digby tallied four points (2G/2A) for New York while Tyson Gibson dished out two assists. 

Zach Higgins made 51 saves off of 57 shots on goal for Philadelphia and Alex Buque made 33 saves off of 47 shots on goal for New York. 

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