Thunder stays at bottom of division after 23-9 rout by Wings

January 31, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

It was bad enough for opponents that the Philadelphia Wings had their 1-2 punch in brothers Paul and Gary Gait. Last night it was 1-2-3, featuring Rob Shek.

Shek, a former Towson State star, scored six goals, as the Wings raised their Major Indoor Lacrosse League record to 4-0 by routing the Thunder, 23-9, before 11,408 at the Baltimore Arena. The goal total was a season high for the Wings.

At 6 feet 2, 215 pounds, Shek is built like the Gaits -- rugged. Also, like the Gaits, he can take punishment and push his way past opponents.

The Gaits scored three goals each. Paul is three shy of becoming the first MILL player to reach 100. John Tucker and Tim Welsh scored two apiece for the Thunder.

It was Philadelphia's fifth straight win over the Thunder and 13th in their past 14 meetings.

The Thunder's record slipped to 1-4, leaving it last in the American Division.

"Philadelphia is an exceptionally good team with an All-Pro goalie," Thunder coach John Stewart said, referring to Dallas Eliuk, who had 45 saves. "We had a hard time solving him. They beat us in every phase of the game, but it's hard to play two nights in a row, especially in different cities. Indoor lacrosse is too physically demanding for that."

On Friday night, the Thunder dropped an 18-15 decision to the Saints in New York.

In the second half last night, the game turned rough. Paul Gait punched Dan Britton on the back of the head after Britton and other Baltimore defenders were hacking at him in an attempt to knock the ball out of his stick.

Later, the Thunder's Pat Welsh decked Bill Miller. No one was penalized.

But in the fourth quarter, Baltimore goalkeeper Dave Lee and Philadelphia's Chris Flynn, a former Penn football player, got into a swinging match and were tumbling on the floor when the officials penalized them. Both were ejected.

But before things got rowdy, there was a lot of scoring. Shek opened the scoring 4:38 into the game and Kevin Finneran made it 2-0 before another ex-Towson State player, Tony Millon, scored Baltimore's first goal.

The Thunder has faced the Gait brothers seven times in three years, providing ample opportunities to design ways to contain them.

"You try to avoid penalties, because the Gaits are potent on the power play," Stewart said. "Second, stay in front of them. Three, don't try to take the ball away or they'll blow right by you.

"Four, keep your cross-checks on the hip. They're so strong they'll run over you if you cross-check too high. Finally, hope you get help if they get by you."

NOTES: Thunder rookie Tom Stanziale is out for the season after injuring his knee

Friday night. . . . Matt Kerwick (collarbone) missed his second straight game.

Philadelphia 5 3 6 9 -- 23

Thunder 2 2 2 3 -- 9

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