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Wings hope to rebound from opening-night loss Saturday when they host the Buffalo Bandits

Friday, 14th January 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, Pro  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/14/11
From Press Releases

The Philadelphia Wings host their second consecutive Saturday night home game against the Buffalo Bandits at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday night at 7:30 at the Wells Fargo Center in National Lacrosse League (NLL) action. Fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs all night presented by Dietz & Watson.

The Wings (0-1) look to bounce back after a disappointing 10-6 loss to the Boston Blazers during their home opener at the Wells Fargo Center last week. Standouts were forward Bill McGlone (Ridley Grad, who had two goals and two loose balls; Alex Turner, who had two goals, four loose balls and one assist; as well as goalie Brandon Miller, who recorded 39 saves. Athan Iannucci and Drew Westervelt (two assists) had one goal apiece.

Series Notes:

Overall: Bandits lead 20-19

At Philadelphia: Wings lead 11-8
At Buffalo: Bandits lead 11-9
Last Meeting: February 27, 2010; Philadelphia won in Buffalo 15-11 (HSBC Arena)

About the Bandits:

The Bandits (0-1) are currently fourth in the NLL’s Eastern Division. They are fifth in the League on the power play, converting on 43% of their opportunities, and fourth in the League in killing power plays 67% of the time. The Bandits are 0-1 on the road this season.

Buffalo lost its season opener in a 10-9 decision at Calgary. The Bandits rallied back, out-shooting the Roughnecks 27-17 in the second half, but came up short in their attempt to overcome a three-goal halftime deficit. Tracey Kelusky scored the first Bandits goal of the 2011 NLL season, Rodger Vyse scored two goals and had a team-high four assists.

About the Wings:

The Wings, (0-1) are currently ranked fifth in the NLL Eastern Division. Philadelphia is fourth in the League on the power play, converting on 50% of their chances, and eighth in the League, killing 50% of the power plays against them. The Wings are 0-1 at home for the season.

Alex Turner, Athan Iannucci and Drew Westvervelt lead the Wings in points with three apiece. Goalie Brand Miller is ranked fifth in the League for saves at 39.

The Comcast Network will broadcast four upcoming Wings games Live and one Classic. Home games will be broadcast in high definition:

Saturday, January 15th at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Buffalo Bandits

(Comcast SportsNet replay: Sunday, January 16th at 1 p.m.)

Friday, January 21st at 7:00 p.m. vs. New York – 1989 Wings Championship game

Saturday, January 22nd at 9 p.m. @ Colorado Mammoth

Saturday, January 29th at 7 p.m. vs. the Colorado Mammoth

(Comcast SportsNet replay: Saturday, February 5th at 4 p.m.)

Saturday, February 26th at 8 p.m. vs. the Toronto Rock

(Comcast SportsNet replay: Sunday, February 27 at 1 p.m.)

Coaches Corner:
Wings Head Coach John Tucker on the season opener:

“I thought we played very well early in the game,” said Tucker “[We played] with a lot of emotion and we were moving off the ball well. Unfortunately that did not translate to the second half and we were defeated by a very good Boston team.”

Bandits Head Coach and General Manager Darris Kilgour on season opener at Calgary:

“[We had a] close game, first half didn’t feel so close, we dropped a lot of passes and did not sustain pressure. Take out the first half and I believe we are back on track and ready for Saturday.”


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