Philadelphia, PA – Jeff Teat scored seven points and Steven Orleman finished with 56 saves as the New York Riptide (1-4) defeated the Philadelphia Wings (4-3) 13-12 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to earn their first victory of the season.
“Obviously really proud of the effort,” Riptide head coach Dan Ladouceur said. “In our preparation for this week we talked about playing for us. Double down on our effort and compete in making sure we paid attention to details. The guys stuck to what we wanted to do and executed. Orley was outstanding for us and helped to propel us forward.”
Teat led the way for the Riptide with seven points on one goal and six assists, Kieran McArdle finished the game with five assists, and Connor Kearnan had five points on four goals and one assist. The Riptide also took advantage of their chances, going 4-for-5 on the power play.
The Riptide jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the game opening goal from Kearnan and a shorthanded goal from Mack Mitchell. The Wings rallied back with three straight goals to take the lead, but the Riptide remained determined. The teams traded goals to end the first quarter tied at four, with Tyson Gibson and Callum Crawford each scoring on assists from McArdle.
The Riptide opened up the second quarter with a goal in transition from Damon Edwards, marking his first goal as a member of the Riptide. New York followed it up with a power play goal from Kearnan to go up 6-4. Philadelphia would go up 8-6 on four straight goals with just under five minutes to play in the half. Teat scored his first goal of the game to bring the Riptide within one, and the team would go on a two-man advantage to cap off the second half. After a lost possession, Dan MacRae found Kearnan in transition, who put it in the back of the net to tie the game at 8-8 with just 6.4 seconds to play in the half.
The Riptide began the second half on the man advantage and didn’t take long to capitalize, as Larson Sundown scored just 42 seconds in. Sundown would follow it up later in the quarter with another, and Crawford netted his 399th career goal on the powerplay as the Riptide led 11-9 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, Tyson Gibson scored his second of the game after Philadelphia opened the scoring to keep the Riptide up a pair. After a Wings powerplay goal, Kearnan scored his fourth goal of the game. The Riptide held Philadelphia off the scoreboard for the final six minutes of the game to seal the victory.
The Riptide return home to they take on the Buffalo Bandits next weekend on Saturday, January 29, at 7:30pm at Nassau Coliseum. Be sure to tune in to MSG and ESPN+ on television and WRHU Radio Hofstra University on the radio and web for coverage and follow @NewYorkRiptide on social media for updates.