The Detroit Turbos gave the Thunder a double dose of the Gaits last night before a sellout of 11,063 at the Baltimore Arena.
The Gait brothers, Paul and Gary, combined for 12 goals and 10 assists, as the Turbos (5-1) ripped the Thunder, 22-13.
The loss kept the Thunder (3-3) from moving into first place in the American Division of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League and taking advantage of the New York Saints' loss to the Boston Blazers, 15-12, Friday night. The Saints are 4-3.
Paul Gait scored eight goals and handed out five assists, and Gary Gait had four goals and five assists. Pete Parke scored three goals and John Hamilton, Kevin Finnernan and Ron Martinello scored two goals each for the winners. Martinello added four assists.
"Coming off a loss [to Philadelphia], we had a lot of motivation," said Paul Gait. "Our team was hungry and we played better than Baltimore because we had the hungry-ness. The Thunder did a good job of staying with us for a while, but then we got rolling. This is a very unselfish team, and that's why we do so well."
Gary Gait said: "Our defense did a good job for us, especially picking up the loose balls. We realize that we have to win every game to clinch first place in our division, and this gives us the motivation we need in each game. Paul and I work very well together. We have been playing together for a long time, and we can sense where the other guy is."
Tim Welsh and Jeff Jackson scored three goals for the Thunder. Welsh and Matt Kerwick had three assists each.
The contest, hard-hitting throughout, was spiced by several fights, shoving matches and confrontations.
"The Gaits certainly deserved the win," said Thunder coach John Stewart. "But we didn't do some of the things we were supposed to do, especially on defense. They move the ball so well that most of their goals are scored from about 3 feet out, yet we still protect at the perimeter, where they hardly ever shoot. We just refused to move in down low to take away Detroit's passing lanes. We have played Detroit enough to know what they are going to do, but we didn't compensate.
"After Detroit got a six-goal lead, it was tough to come back. We made a couple of runs at them, but every time we seemed to get something going, the Gaits would go on another scoring spree."
This was the second game of the season between the teams, and Detroit has won both. The Turbos also defeated the Thunder in last year's MILL championship game and in a preseason exhibition game.
Turbos coach Medo Martinello said: "We played a very good game. We know what we have to do to win, and we go out there and get the job done. The Gaits, as usual, did a great job for us."
Paul Gait has 26 goals and 17 assists on the season, and Gary has 23 goals and 21 assists, giving Detroit the most formidable one-two punch in the league.
Detroit .. .. .. .. .. 6 ... 8 ... 3 ... 5 ... -- ... 22
Baltimore .. .. .. ... 4 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... -- ... 13
Goals: Detroit--P. Gait 8, G. Gait 4, Parke 3, Hamilton 2, Finnernan 2, R. Martinello 2, Rodrigues. Baltimore--Jackson 3, T. Welsh 3, Huelskamp, Kerwick, Sowell, Kroneberger, Curry, Millon, Lewandowski.
Assists: Detroit--P. Gait 5, G. Gait 5, R. Martinello 4, T. Martinello 2, Parke 2, Mueller 2, Sammut 2. Baltimore--T. Welsh 3, Kerwick 3, Sowell 2, Curry 2, Millon, Jackson.
Saves: Detroit, Sammut 32, Sawicki 11. Baltimore, Dietrich 31, Manos 7.
Penalties: Detroit 14. Baltimore 15. A: 11,063. Officials: Scott Boyle, Rich Tamberino and Mike Ventura.