Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/16/11
John Tavares collected three goals and three assists as the visiting Buffalo Bandits stopped the Philadelphia Wings, 9-6, Saturday night before 7,764 at the Wells Fargo Center in National Lacrosse League action.
The loss dropped the Wings to 0-2 on the season.
Buffalo (1-1) took the lead for good midway through the second period when Tavares made it 4-3. The Wings, who have scored only 12 goals this year, were shut out in the middle two periods.
Tavares scored again late in the thiord quarter to make it 5-3. Buffalo had a chance to pad its lead late in the stanza and early in the fourth when Philly’s Max Seibald (one goal, one assists) was called for a five-minute major penalty for checking Jon Harasym from behind into the boards.
Frank Resetarits converted on the power play early in the fourth quarter to make it 6-3. Athan Iannucci (two goals, two assists, seven loose balls) finally got Philadelphia back on the board a short time later with the Wings’ first goal in more than 33 minutes.
That might have given the Wings a lift, but Tavares and Tracey Kelusky both scored to give the Bandits an 8-4 lead.
Alex Turner and Iannucci narrowed the Bandits’ lead to 8-6 with less three minutes to go, but Buffalo held on. Mark Steenhuis had an empty-netter to close the scoring.
Drew Westervelt added two goals for the Wings, who lost 13 of 19 face-offs. Kyle Sweeney led the Wings’ defense with six loose balls.
Mike Thompson (39 saves) was the winning goaltender while Brandon Miller (41 saves) took the loss. Buffalo had a 50-45 edge in shots.