Raiders' quick getaway too much for Thunder Down 5-0, visitors fall, 17-14, drop to third in NLL

March 14, 1998|By Carol Phillips | Carol Phillips,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAMILTON, Ontario -- Don't joke about Friday the 13th around the Baltimore Thunder.

Last night's matchup against the Ontario Raiders started out like a bad horror movie with the Thunder falling behind 5-0 in the first eight minutes, and there was no happy ending as it lost, 17-14, despite outshooting its opponents 63-48.

Held to one fourth-period goal, the Thunder fell to 6-3 and third place behind Rochester in the National Lacrosse League with three games left. Rochester meets New York tonight.

The Raiders, who improved to 4-5 and the fourth spot, were led by Colin Doyle, who had five goals and two assists. Tim Hormes led the Thunder with four goals and three assists.

It was an especially frustrating night for the NLL's top scorer, Gary Gait. Averaging more than five goals, Gait was held to one goal and three assists.

"They played hard. They never gave up," he said outside the dressing room as fans mobbed him. "They were hitting hard on the loose balls."

The first period was a nightmare for the Thunder, which found itself down 5-0 including a treacherous 60-second span when the Raiders scored their first three goals. You can't score when you spend the game in your own end, and the Raiders were dominating play until Hormes finally got the Thunder on the board at 9: 23.

Baltimore rallied to tie it at 8-8 and finally headed into the dressing room up 9-8 on a Chris Panos goal with only nine seconds left. Panos led the Thunder's first-half charge with three goals and an assist.

The second half got off to a quick start with the teams exchanging goals until late in the third, when Baltimore opened up a 13-11 lead, its biggest of the night, on two quick goals by Kip Fulks and Matt Shearer some 12 seconds apart.

But in the first minute and a half of the final period, the Raiders got three quick goals, including one assisted by goalie Rob Blasdell, to go up by one. The Thunder never recovered, despite being given two power-play opportunities late in the game. Hormes scored the Thunder's only final-period goal. The Raiders' final goal was an empty-netter by Shawn Williams.

The Thunder plays again March 28 in New York.

Thunder 3 6 4 1 -- 14

Ontario 5 3 3 6 -- 17

Goals: T--Hormes 4, Panos 3, Fulks 2, Shearer 2, Gait, Millon, Ryan; O--Doyle 5, Accursi 4, Gill 3, Heard 3, Harrison 1, Williams 1. Assists: T--Martino 4, Cantabene 3, Gait 3, Hormes 2, Panos 2, Ryan 2, Shearer 1, S. Radebaugh, Tillman, Millon, D. Radebaugh; O--Veltman 5, Williams 4, Malawsky 3, Coyle 2, Doyle 2, Bullen 2, Heard 2, Watson, Blasdell, Stroup, Langdale, Harrison, Gill, R. Squire, C. Squire.

Pub Date: 3/14/98

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