- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 16, 2001

Gary Gait had a sluggish start to the season as the Washington Power fell behind early last night against the New Jersey Storm. Gait rectified both situations quickly with a second-quarter scoring outburst.
Gait put up a game-high nine goals one short of a league record he has set and matched once including five in the second period, as Washington overwhelmed the Storm 21-9 in a National Lacrosse League game at Capital Centre. The Power (2-1), a favorite to challenge for the league championship, looked the part in rolling to an easy victory over the expansion Storm (1-4), though it wasn't a romp from the start.
Washington, easily the more physical of the two teams behind imposing defensemen Brian Reese and Hugh Donovan, actually trailed by two goals in the first quarter, and entered the second facing a 5-4 deficit.
Then the legendary Gait, who had collected just five goals in the Power's first two games, got rolling. He scored five in the second quarter alone as the Power seized control of the game by getting eight straight. Gait took a feed from his brother, Paul, who is retiring at the end of the season, with 2:38 to play in the second period and whipped it past goaltender Matt Roik for a 12-5 lead.
"I think we took them a little lightly when we first came out," Washington coach Darris Kilgour said. "But once we started flexing our muscles, we took charge."
Washington called a timeout with under a minute to play to try to set up a play, but Gary Gait couldn't get his 10th goal.
"I just couldn't put it in that's disappointing," he said. "You're always playing hard until the end no matter who you play, that's the mindset you have."
Washington's second-quarter run had its roots at the face-off circle, where Jon Brothers and Paul Cantebene controlled the draws all evening. Cantebene actually won the first nine draws he took against New Jersey's Jamie Hanford, with whom he played at Loyola, and Washington held a 23-13 advantage for the game.

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