Thunder's rally falls short after Saints' six-goal spree, 18-15

January 30, 1993|By J. P. Pelzman | J. P. Pelzman,Contributing Writer

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK — UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- For three quarters last night, David Lee and the rest of the Thunder were excellent against the New York Saints.

The fourth quarter? Don't ask.

New York scored six consecutive goals in a span of 4:38 early in the quarter to take the lead and the momentum away from the Thunder. The Thunder briefly regained the lead, but not the momentum. Before 10,236 at Nassau Coliseum, the Thunder lost, 18-15.

"It happened so fast," said Thunder coach John Stewart, whose team dropped to 1-3 and faces the American Division-leading Philadelphia Wings (3-0) at home tonight. "There were no cheap goals in there. They were all from in tight."

During the first three quarters, Thunder goaltender David Lee made 35 saves, helping the Thunder establish a 13-8 lead. "He was spectacular for three quarters," Stewart said.

In the final quarter, however, he allowed 10 goals and made just six saves. But Stewart put more of the blame on the Thunder's defense and faceoff units. New York (2-0) got faceoff after faceoff, enabling it to control the ball and the tempo.

"I don't think it was David Lee's fault," said Stewart. "Those shots were all in tight and all in front of the crease."

New York's Vinny Sombrotto began the barrage with his goal at the 1:23 mark. After that, it was Seth Tierney (2:24), Tim McIntee (2:30), Gordon Purdie (2:51) and McIntee again (3:13), tying the score at 13.

Matt Panetta beat Lee from short range at the 6:01 mark to give New York a 14-13 lead. However, Dan Britton scored a pair of unassisted goals at 6:17 and 6:30 to give the Thunder a 15-14 lead.

That was the Thunder's last brief flurry. New York tied the score at 15 on Rob Codignotto's goal from right in front of the cage with 7:38 left, and went ahead to stay on Andy Kraus' third goal, an eight-yarder from the left side with 4:07 left. McIntee and Bob Cummings added insurance goals.

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