Garvey lifts Spirit to 23-10 win over Wings 5-goal burst helps to end 3-game losing streak

January 24, 1996|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

Tampa Bay Terror coach Kenny Cooper, once of the Spirit, was right on the money with his description of John Garvey last week.

After Garvey was traded by Tampa Bay to the Spirit for Zak Ibsen, Cooper said, "He'll score goals in his sleep."

That wasn't much of a stretch. Garvey banged in five goals in the Spirit's 23-10 victory over the Wichita Wings last night before 3,813 at the Baltimore Arena.

"He'll help us tremendously," coach Dave MacWilliams said. "He's got a good head, reads the game and is a super finisher."

In four games with the Spirit, Garvey has nine goals. In 10 with the Terror, he had nine. In 29 last season with Wichita, he had 39. The man can find the back of the goal.

"It was one of those nights," said Garvey, the only former University of Maryland star to play for the Spirit. "The ball came my way."

It was only 10 months ago, when he was playing for Wichita, that Garvey scored five goals against the Spirit in a 17-16 win.

"That was a big game for the Wings," Garvey said. "It was on TV and we had to win it to stay in the hunt for the playoffs."

The triumph ended the Spirit's losing streak at three and interrupted a slide during which it had dropped six of eight.

Garvey scored two goals in the first half as the Spirit took an 8-2 lead. In the second half, he added three more, leaving him one shy of Kevin Sloan's club record of six for one game.

"Garvey is good at those half chances right around the goal," said Wichita assistant coach Kevin Kewley. "He strikes the ball very good. Of course, we made some silly mistakes to help him."

Sloan himself broke a record with his third-quarter one-point shootout goal that represented his 248th point in 1 1/2 seasons with the Spirit. Goran Hunjak needed 75 games to set the record of 247, but Sloan, a former Oakland Mills star, broke it in his 62nd game.

Cris Vaccaro had 25 saves and didn't allow Wichita to score its second goal until late in the third quarter. The Spirit led at one point, 14-2.

NOTES: Dave Vaudreuil, who has missed nine of the past 10 games with a strained stomach muscle, is scheduled for surgery to repair a tear in his abdominal wall late this week or early next. He'll be out a month, perhaps returning in early March. . . . Brad Smith sat out last night with a pulled hamstring suffered in Saturday's loss to the Kansas City Attack. Jamie Christie (pulled hamstring) and Barry Stitz (sprained ankle) missed the game after aggravating their injuries.

Wichita .. 0 .. 2 .. 4 .. 4 .. -- .. 10

Spirit ... 2 .. 6 .. 6 .. 9 .. -- .. 23

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