Canadians help Turbos withstand Thunder's title drive

April 08, 1991|By Mike Preston

As far as some of the Baltimore Thunder players are concerned, indoor lacrosse is a Canadian game and the Canadians still play it best.

The theory was supported by the play of three Canadians wh played for the Detroit Turbos on Saturday night, as the Turbos defeated the Thunder, 14-12, at the Baltimore Arena to win the Major Indoor Lacrosse League championship.

The Turbos' Gary Gait scored three goals and had three assists and his twin brother, Paul, had three goals. Both are from Victoria, British Columbia. Detroit also get exceptional play from goalkeeper Ted Sawicki, who finished with 42 saves. Sawicki is from St. Catharines, Ontario.

"Their moves are instinctive because they play the game all th time," said the Thunder's Brian Kroneberger. "It's just like our moves are instinctive when we play field lacrosse.

"Still, we played well and it was frustrating to lose the way we did," Kroneberger said. "But it was a game that could have gone either way."

The Thunder, which trailed, 13-5, at the end of the third period kept the crowd of 10,814 in suspense with a furious comeback attempt that ended with Jeff Jackson scoring on a 20-foot shot from the left side with 1:26 left in the game to bring the Thunder within 14-12.

Before Jackson's goal, the Thunder had scored on two goal from Tim Welsh, and one each from Rick Sowell (three goals, five assists), John Heil, Dan Britton and Pat Welsh.

The turning point in the game came in the third quarter when Detroit's transition game provided the Turbos with five third-quarter goals and a 13-5 lead.

Detroit ended the season at 10-2, and the Thunder finished at 6-5.

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