Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/11/11
From Press Releases
The Philadelphia Wings (3-3) return home to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday to host the Buffalo Bandits (3-2) at 7 p.m. in a key National Lacrosse League game.
The contest is a rematch of a hard fought battle waged earlier this season that saw the Wings fall 9-6 to the Bandits. The game will be streamed live at www.nll.com.
The Wings have recorded three wins and one loss in four games played since facing the Bandits. That includes a victory over division rival Boston Blazers and season sweep of the Colorado Mammoth.
This Saturday will be NLL Cancer Awareness Night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wings will auction limited-edition pink game jerseys to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and the Four Diamonds Fund. Each of the 23 players will have a jersey included in the postgame auction at the AT&T Pavilion.
Overall: Bandits lead 21-19
At Philadelphia: Wings lead 11-9
At Buffalo: Bandits lead 12-8
Last Meeting: January 15, 2011; Buffalo won in Philadelphia 9-6 (Wells Fargo Center)
About the Bandits:
The Bandits (3-2) are currently tied for second in the NLL Eastern Division. Buffalo is eighth in the league on the power play, converting on 25.7% percent of its chances, and first on penalty kills at 81.5%. The Bandits are 1-2 this season on the road.
Buffalo is hoping to even up its road record at .500 following their record loss in Calgary. Last weekend, the Bandits exploded for fifteen goals in a home win over Minnesota. Chad Culp and Mark Steenhuis each netted hat tricks while forward John Tavares record six assists in an eight point performance. Buffalo goaltender Angus Goodleaf currently leads the league in goals against with an average of 7.00 per game.
About the Wings:
The Wings, (3-3) are fifth in the NLL Eastern Division. Philadelphia is seventh in the league on both the power play, converting on 36.1% of its chances, and on the penalty kill, successfully defending 60% of its opponent’s opportunities. The Wings are 1-2 at home this season.
Athan Iannucci leads the Wings with 13 goals and 14 assists for a total of 27 points this season. He has scored at least five points in each of his last three games. Goalie Brandon Miller boasts the best save percentage in the league at 81.6% and the third best goals against, surrendering an average of 9.15 per game.
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.)
Wings Head Coach John Tucker on Brandon Miller’s selection to the All-Star Game:
“We’re thrilled for Brandon to be recognized in that way with so many great goaltenders in the league. I’ll be honest, we didn’t really get him the support he needed in the first few games in terms of scoring goals, but he’s been standing on his head all season. It couldn’t happen to a better guy.”
Bandits Assistant Coach Rich Kilgore on the win over Minnesota last week:
“It was a really big win for us. We’ve been winning games, but we still feel like we haven’t been at our best. So to be winning games when you know you aren’t at your best in an encouraging sign going forward, and should mean good things when we put everything together.”
Single game tickets start at $10 and are available exclusively through ComcastTIX on line at ComcastTIX.com, 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).
Seibald named to All-Star team
The NLL announced that Philadelphia Wings transition player Max Seibald has been selected to represent the NLL East at the 2011 All-Star Game, presented by the Oneida Indian Nation, set to be played at the Event Center at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY on Sunday February 27 at 2 p.m.
Seibald joins Wings goaltender Brandon Miller who was announced to the starting line-up earlier this week. The all-star lineups were selected by NLL coaches, media and fans who voted via online ballot at the league’s website.