Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Wings (6-12) closed out their 2014 season with a 13-12 loss to the Colorado Mammoth (8-10). The Wings coming off a disappointing season, missing the playoffs for the first time in two years. Philly was looking to end the season with a two-game win streak but it wasn’t to be. The story of one goal games has haunted Philadelphia all season, as they dropped five of their 12 loses by one goal.
In the game Philadelphia jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but Colorado hung all night and wouldn’t go away. Philly could stretch the lead more than 2 goals and Colorado’s lead was never more than a goal. Colorado just made the big plays late in the 4th quarter, scoring 3 of the games 4 goals in the final five minutes. Overall in the 4th Colorado out-scored Philly 6-4, and entering the 4th Philly was up 8-7. Netting the game winner for playoff mound Colorado was Jamie Shewchuk, just seconds after serving a penalty. The goal came with just under 3 minutes remaining in the game and Colorado dictated the possession the rest of the game. Philly had no real chances to tie the game.
Even with an overall down season there are bright spots on this young roster and players that will grow to be staple players in the NLL. A player that first comes to mind is Garrett Thul, on the night he scored 3 goals and added to assists. The run Thul made in the 2nd half of the season was impressive and turned a lot heads.
Leading Philadelphia on the season in scoring was Jordan Hall with 34 goals and 42 assists. Just behind Hall was Kevin Crowley with 33 goals and 42 assists. Both these players are under the age of 30 and should be key focus points on building the 2015 roster.
Philadelphia Wings head coach Blaine Harrison post game press conference
Philadelphia Wings Bill McGlone post game press conference
Philadelphia Wings Garrett Thul post game press conference