Thunder's 2nd victory doubles last year's total

January 29, 1995|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

The New York Saints tried to get some company in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League cellar, but the Thunder wouldn't cooperate.

The Thunder, which moved out last place with a 17-15 victory over the Saints in New York on Friday night, doubled last year's win total and improved its record to .500 with a 9-7 win over the Saints before 5,434 at the Baltimore Arena.

Rob Shek led the way for Baltimore (2-2) with three goals and Tim Hormes added two goals and an assist, but the night belonged to Tim Welsh, whose two goals made him the Thunder's all-time leading scorer with 81 goals.

"Things are starting to come together. We're getting the ground balls. We're getting great goaltending from Ted Sawicki and we're starting to understand what every person's role is," said Welsh, who scored his record-breaking goal on an assist from Hormes with three seconds left.

"We're riding a wave right now. The Rochester game really woke us up, and we're doing all the right things."

Baltimore scored five goals in the second quarter, shut out New York in the third quarter and gave up a season-low two goals in the second half. Sawicki finished with 28 saves.

The Saints, who were last in the league last season in scoring and on-goal shooting percentage, scored first before Jeff Klodzen tied the game at 1 on a feed from Paul Cantabene.

Kevin Lowe gave New York a 2-1 lead late in the penalty-filled first quarter, and it could have been worse for Baltimore had Sawicki not fought off a flurry of shots in the closing seconds.

Baltimore took its first lead of the game while the Saints were celebrating what they thought was a behind-the back goal by Mikko Red Arrow. On the goal that put the Thunder ahead 3-2, Sawicki dug the ball out of the side of the net and whipped a long pass to Brian Kroneberger, who gave Sawicki his first assist of the season with 10:29 left in the half.

The Thunder answered two straight goals by the Saints with three of their own. Hormes started the run on an assist from Bob Martino, and Shek gave Baltimore a 5-4 advantage by converting a pass from Adam Mueller.

Welsh put Baltimore up 6-4 on a goal that put him tied for first with Jeff Jackson on the Thunder's all-time goal-scoring list with 80.

"Everybody is doing exactly what we thought they were capable doing, and we have to be happy with where we are right now," said Thunder coach Skip Lichtfuss.

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