The Washington Wave has played two games at Capital Centre this season. Both times it blew six-goal leads. And both times it bounced back and won in dramatic fashion.

Last night before a team-record 9,227 fans, Joe Gold scored a power-play goal 1:05 into sudden-death overtime to give the Wave a 17-16 Major Indoor Lacrosse League victory over the New Jersey Saints.

The win ended the Wave's two-game losing streak and moved it within a half-game of the first-place Saints. Washington's record is 3-2, New Jersey is 3-1.

After building a 10-4 lead in the second quarter, the Wave started to fall apart. New Jersey got within three goals after three quarters and then used a 6-0 spurt in the fourth quarter to take a 16-14 lead with 5:10 left in regulation.

But instead of folding, the Wave got goals from Emmett Printup (four goals) and Pat O'Conner to tie the game and a goal from Gold to win it.

"It's just a case of running out of gas," said Wave Coach Glen Little, whose team squandered a six-goal advantage before defeating Philadelphia three weeks ago. "I called a timeout with five minutes left and gave them holy hell. And we were able to turn it around."

With the Saints' Kevin Cook in the penalty box, Rick Sowell dumped a short pass to Gold, who was alone on the left side of the crease. His hard shot to the right corner beat goalkeeper Larry Quinn for the game-winner.

"It was strange because when we lost to New Jersey on Tuesday {a 25-15 decision at the Meadowlands}, I scored four goals in the first half from that same spot," said Gold, who leads the MILL with 14 goals. "Then they put a man on me and I couldn't do anything in the second half. They did the same thing to me tonight, but for some reason, there was no one on me when I scored."

After allowing those 25 goals Tuesday, the Wave tonight used a new substitution system and held the Saints scoreless in the first quarter. Instead of switching lines at every opportunity, Little substituted with extra defenders when the Wave was on defense and extra attackers when it was on offense.

"The system worked beautifully for most of the game," Gold said. "But I think we relaxed and New Jersey took it right to us. They are too dangerous of a team to let that happen."

The Wave led by 14-10 early in the fourth period. But the Saints scored six straight times, including Cook's equalizer with 8:33 left in regulation Frank Tashman's go-ahead goal a minute later.

The Saints' John Driscoll (three goals) made it 16-14 with 5:10 left, but Printup scored on a rebound. O'Conner then tied it with 1:18 to go. New Jersey almost won in the final seconds of regulation, but Randy Natoli hit the left post and the ball rolled through the crease as the buzzer sounded.