Turbos defeat Thunder, 20-16, in opener

December 30, 1990|By James H. Jackson

The Gait brothers, Paul and Gary, combined for 11 goals last night to lead the Detroit Turbos to a 20-16 Major Indoor Lacrosse League victory before 9,927 at the Baltimore Arena.

Paul Gait scored seven goals and handed out two assists and brother Gary added four goals and two assists, as the Turbos rallied from a 5-0 deficit.

Adam Mueller and Pete Parke added three goals each for Detroit. Jeff Jackson and John Nostrand scored three goals each for the Thunder, and Matt Kerwick had two goals and three assists.

Detroit was hampered early when its goaltenders, Ted Sawicki and Ed McGaffey, were fogged in at the Toronto airport and equipment manager Gary Law, a former box goalie in Canada, played goal for the Turbos.

The start of the game, scheduled for 8:05 p.m., was held up for 43 minutes because of the large walkup crowd at the ticket windows and because the plane carrying the Detroit goaltending equipment was delayed by the bad weather. Equipment was borrowed from the Baltimore Skipjacks hockey team and a makeshift goalie's uniform was used by Law to start the game.

The Thunder built a 5-0 lead against Law before Sawicki and his equipment arrived via Philadelphia airport, where he chartered a limousine to get to Baltimore. Law allowed five goals and made seven saves in his 10 minutes, 27 seconds in goal.

Sawicki was outstanding in the final going, making 26 saves as Detroit rallied to win. Jeff Gombar made 30 saves in the three periods he played. Tom Manos finished up with 12 saves for the Thunder.

Paul Gait scored the Turbos first goal at 10:46, and Gary Gait added another at 12:02 to cut the Thunder lead to 5-2.

John Heil and Jackson added goals for a 7-2 Thunder lead. Gary Gait trimmed the lead to 7-3 with 12 seconds left in the quarter.

Trailing, 11-9, at halftime, the Turbos, led by the Gait brothers, outscored the Thunder, 7-3, in the third quarter to take a 16-14 lead.

NOTES: Chris Fritz, president and one of the owners of the MILL, said: "We're looking forward to a big new year in the league this year. Everything has been positive. We've made a few rule changes that we believe will improve the game for the fans; we have television affiliation with 16 cable networks, including Home Team Sports in this area; and our season tickets sales are ahead of last year's pace in every city."

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