Wings Run It Up Vs. Thunder

Posted: February 14, 1994

Baltimore Thunder goalie David Lee must have thought he was having a nightmare.

Nearly 13,500 screaming fans at the Spectrum looked on. ESPN2 cameras rolled for tonight's tape-delayed national broadcast.

All this while Wings forward Gary Gait streaked in on Lee and the Thunder net with a breakaway chance.

The embarrassing exploitation of Lee occurred as anticipated.

Then the beleaguered Baltimore netminder barely had 40 seconds to recover before it happened again.

This time, the other half of Philadelphia's dynamic duo, Paul Gait, toasted Lee for a breakaway goal.

Lee got off light. He was pulled after the first quarter and was charged with only 10 goals in the Wings' 25-9 Major Indoor Lacrosse League victory last night.

The Gait brothers, Paul Deniken, Tom Marechek and John Nostrant each scored three goals as the Wings (2-1) rebounded from last week's 15-11 loss at Buffalo to set franchise records for goals scored and largest margin of victory.

"We needed a win like this to get our confidence back," said Marechek, who scored his first goals of the season and, like the Gaits and John McEvoy, recorded six points. "Our transition game was what we lacked last week, and it was good that it showed up tonight. I hope we can keep it up."

While beating Baltimore (0-4) for the 13th time in 16 meetings, every Wing recorded a point, including goalies Dallas Eliuk and Chris Piazza.

"That's what we've been preaching," assistant coach Tony Resch said. "We want to have a balanced attack. We like to think we have a good group of all- around players and can overwhelm the other team with numbers. I think that happened tonight."

The Wings are the only team in the American Division with a win. They lead the others, Baltimore and New York (0-4) by 2 1/2 games.

"We know that sooner or later we're going to have to go through Buffalo," Resch said. "But we also know that right now our most important business is to take care of Baltimore and New York. We have to get into the playoffs. If we clinch early, then we can start thinking about what we need to do against Buffalo. But that's putting the cart before the horse."

Marechek, a rookie from Kitchener, Ontario, played with the Gait brothers on Syracuse's 1989 and '90 NCAA championship teams. A three-time All-America, he scored 182 career goals and is second to Gary Gait on Syracuse's all-time list.

The Wings acquired Marechek from Buffalo in exchange for a third-round

draft pick with the intention of adding a scorer to the lineup. He wasn't activated for the season opener, and had an assist against Buffalo in his MILL debut.

"I know I can help out scoring some extra goals," Marechek said. "But tonight was a total team effort. It was everybody, and that's what we want to do in Philadelphia."

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