January 19, 2014

Philadelphia Wins to Split Series With Minnesota

from Press Release

The Philadelphia Wings (2-3) spoiled the home opener for the Minnesota Swarm (1-3) with a 15-8 win before a crowd of 8,213 at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday afternoon. Wings goaltender Evan Kirk, acquired from the Wings via offseason trade, made his former team pay with 35 saves on 43 shots as the game's first star.

After Minnesota earned their first win of the season in Philly on Saturday, the Wings returned the favor with a spirited road effort to finish off the weekend home-and-home series.

The Wings opened the scoring and never trailed, leading 4-1 after the first quarter and 8-4 at halftime with a comfortable lead throughout. Jordan Hall led the way with eight points (4+4) for the Wings and Tracey Kelusky added a hat trick while Kevin Crowley, Pat Saunders and Kyle Buchanan each contributed a pair of goals. Ryan Ward has seven points (1+6) as did Buchanan (2+5).

Minnesota was led with a pair of goals from captain Andrew Suitor, Callum Crawford and rookie Logan Schuss, the first overall pick in last year's draft. Zach Higgins and Tyler Carlson split time in net in the losing effort.

The Wings outshot the Swarm by a 52-43 margin and went 5-for-8 on the powerplay with Minnesota going just 2-for-5 with the man advantage.

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Evan Kirk
2) Tracey Kelusky
3) Logan Schuss

The Contest closed a busy weekend of lacrosse that saw games across North America on all three days of the weekend. The other game results and game videos are available here:

Friday

Edmonton 15, Calgary 8
Vancouver 14, Colorado 13

Saturday

Buffalo 16, Colorado 9
Calgary 15, Vancouver 12
Rochester 12, Toronto 8
Minnesota 11, Philadelphia 10


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