Wings look to stay strong during back-to-back NLL games

Matt Leon
January 17, 2020 - 1:00 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Wings will look to stay hot on Saturday when they visit the New England Black Wolves in National Lacrosse League action.

After losing their season opener, the Wings have run off three straight wins and have already nearly equaled their win total from last year's expansion season (4-14).

Head coach and General Manager Paul Day said a key to their improvement has been a few new players.

"We brought in some new goaltenders," he said. "Zach Higgins' been very good for us. I think that's been our backbone. Defensively, we brought quite a bit of depth in and we had a few injuries early, but we've had some young guys step in. Alex Pace, our first draft pick this year, has played the last three games — played quite well."

The Wings are second in the NLL's East Division — half a game behind the first-place Black Wolves (3-0), a team Day said is tough.

"Their offense, it's the best in the league," he said. "They are pretty dynamic. They've got six guys who score a lot of goals. They're averaging 15 goals a night. And they're pretty physical. They're similar to us: The ball moves well, but they are a physical group."

After the road game with New England, the Wings will come home for a Sunday night battle against the Rochester Knighthawks. Back-to-backs can be challenging, but Day said everyone is in the same boat here.

"It's great when we're playing another team that is back-to-back," he said. "Rochester's playing at home against Calgary (Saturday) and then they'll bus during the night — same as us. 

"Sleep's limited, but the great thing is we've got depth to put some fresh legs in on Sunday."

Both games this weekend for the Wings get underway at 7 p.m.

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