Gait's 6 goals help Thunder top Syracuse

January 31, 1998|By Ed Gonser | Ed Gonser,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The game was billed as the meeting of twins Gary and Paul Gait. It didn't live up to its billing as the Baltimore Thunder defeated the Syracuse Smash, 20-11, at the Onondaga County War Memorial last night.

Baltimore's Gary Gait carved up the Syracuse defense for six goals and three assists in helping the Thunder stay unbeaten (4-0).

"It was an emotional game for me coming back to Syracuse," Gary Gait said. "Paul and I were out to help our teams win. Sibling rivalry takes a back seat."

It took Gary Gait just 24 seconds to give the Thunder a lead it never relinquished. The Thunder then erupted for six consecutive goals in a seven-goal second quarter.

"We were moving the ball well early. Our shots were falling and with the run in the second quarter it put us at ease the rest of the game," said Tim Hormes, who had two goals in the quarter.

Paul Gait and Syracuse struggled. "I had a horrible game. I couldn't hit the net, I couldn't hit my spots and was one step off all night," Paul Gait said.

Will Paul take some friendly ribbing from his brother? "No," said Paul. "We're not like that. I'm happy for him, at least one Gait is going out there and doing his job. Baltimore is the best team in the league this year and Gary is the best player."

Thunder tonight

Opponent: Philadelphia Wings

Site: Baltimore Arena Time: 8

Outlook: Gary Gait, a former Wing, and captain Bob Martino combined for 12 points in the Thunder's 12-9 win in Philadelphia two weeks ago. The Wings are 19-5 lifetime against the Thunder.

Pub Date: 1/31/98

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