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NLL game preview: Wings travel to Buffalo in need of big road victory

Friday, 18th February 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, Pro, Posted 2/18/11
From Press Releases

The Philadelphia Wings (3-4) look to even their record Saturday when they travel to meet the Buffalo Bandits (4-2) in a 7:30 p.m. start in the National Lacrosse League.

Currently 0-2 against the Bandits, the Wings look to bounce back from a 16-7 loss to tBuffalo Saturday. The game at HSBC Arena will be broadcast live on the Comcast Network.

The Wings-Bandits rivalry has lived up its reputation as being one of the most physical in the National Lacrosse League. Fights have broken out in each of the two meetings and the clubs have racked up almost 90 penalty minutes. Wings defender Ryan McFadyen squared off with Buffalo’s Steve Priolo in the January 15 meeting while Paul Dawson dropped Buffalo’s Travis Irving in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s match up. The Wings are 2-1 on the road this year.

Series Notes:

Overall: Bandits lead 22-19
At Philadelphia: Wings lead 11-10
At Buffalo: Bandits lead 12-8
Last Meeting: February 12, 2011; Buffalo won in Philadelphia 16-7 (Wells Fargo Center)

About the Bandits:

The Bandits (4-2) are currently tied for second in the NLL Eastern Division. Buffalo is eighth in the league on the power play, converting on 28.6% percent of its chances, and first on penalty kills at 75.0%. The Bandits are 2-0 this season at home.

The Bandits, hoping to stay perfect this season both at home and against Philadelphia, are led by veteran forward John Tavares, who recorded his 700th NLL goal in a 5-point performance against the Wings last Saturday. Mark Steenhuis and Tracey Kelusky follow closely behind with 24 points and 21 points, respectively.

About the Wings:

The Wings, (3-4) are fifth in the NLL Eastern Division. Philadelphia is sixth in the league on the power play, converting on 39.0% of its chances, and eighth on the penalty kill, successfully defending 59.5% of its opponent’s opportunities. The Wings are 2-1 at home this season.

Athan Iannucci leads the Wings with 15 goals and 17 assists for a total of 32 points this season. He has scored at least five points in each of his last four games. Goalie Brandon Miller boasts the second best save percentage in the league at 80.6% and was recently named starting goaltender for the 2011 Eastern Division All-Star Team. Transition player Max Seibald will join Miller as part of the Eastern All-Stars at the Turning Stone Casino Arena in Verona, New York on Saturday, February 27, 2011

The Comcast Network will broadcast two upcoming Wings games Live:

Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Bandits
(Comcast Network replay: Monday, February 21 at 7 p.m.)

Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. vs. the Toronto Rock
(Comcast SportsNet replay: Sunday, February 27 at 12 p.m.)

Coaches Corner:

Philadelphia Defensive Coach Tom Slate on bouncing back from a 16-7 loss

“We have to play four quarters consistently. We did not do that last weekend and that is what we are working on in practice this week.”

Buffalo Assistant Coach Rich Kilgour

“We accomplished a few goals last week, but we have to realize that we have a new game Saturday. We didn’t pull away until the fourth quarter last week so we want to keep our guys focused and realize that our next game is the most important.”

The Wings are back in action at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, February 26 against the Toronto Rock at 8 p.m.

Single game tickets start at $10 and are available exclusively through ComcastTIX on line at, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 or in person at the Well Fargo Center Box Office. Season tickets and multigame packs are also available by calling 215-389-WING (9464).


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