Wings of Steel double up Vineland, 4-2
Written by Bill Kile III

ATLANTIC CITY >> The Wings of Steel got back into the win column in an impressive fashion as they went to the shore and defeated the host Vineland Sled Stars, 4-2, in a non-league sledge hockey game Dec. 15 at the Flyers Skate Zone here.

The Wings (2-5) erased a pair of one-goal deficits to pick up their second win of the season and scored a season-high four goals in the process. Vineland fell to 2-5-1 with the loss.

With the victory, the Wings also avenged a 3-2 loss to their long-time rivals on their home ice in Voorhees Nov. 10.

“What a morale booster for the kids,” said Wings coach Tom Brake afterward. “What a win for the kids. They played well together. We haven’t seen four goals in a game in years.”

Vineland, which had a 6-5 advantage in shots in the first period, opened the game’s scoring when Jeremy Crum lifted a high shot from the slot over Nathanael Costa and into the back of the net 3:25 into the game.

Alexander Satterfield scored past Vineland goalie Jacob Olson 4:15 later to even the contest at 1-1.

The Sled Stars took the lead again when Ben Mills was alone in the slot and fired a low hard shot got by Costa with 4:35 left in the first period.

That would be it for scoring for Vineland as Costa was solid in net for the Wings of Steel, saving the remaining six shots that came his way the rest of the game.

The Wings tied it up again with 2:30 left in the first period as Matthew Chowansky scored on a play a minute after he shot wide on a breakaway attempt.

The action tightened up in the second period as both teams only managed one shot on goal. Fortunately for the Wings of Steel, they made the most of that one chance.

Team captain and veteran player Garrett Goebel found some space in the offensive zone and lifted a high shot over Olson to give his team its first lead of the game, 3-2, with 4:44.

Chowansky gave the Wings some breathing room with a nifty goal with 6:35 left in the game, making the score 4-2. On his belly to the right of the Vineland net, Chowansky pushed the puck in with his backhand.

For the game, Vineland had a 12-10 advantage in shots, but Costa was the difference as he made several big stops down the stretch. One play that comes to mind is a pair of saves from close in from Mills on the ensuing play after the Wings had taken a 4-2 lead.

The Wings of Steel are on holiday break and don’t return to the ice until after the new year. They will host the D.C. Sled Sharks on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. The puck drops at 4:30 p.m.