Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/29/13
From Press Release
The Philadelphia Wings opened their 2014 season Saturday with a 17-13 road win over their East Division rival Buffalo Bandits.
Jordan Hall led the Wings with five goals and two assists, including a run of four straight goals in a 5:12 span in the second quarter, earning him first star honors.
The Wings never trailed, scoring the first goal of the season opener from the stick of new addition Kyle Buchanan. The Wings also had solid contributions from veterans Kyle Sweeney (Springfield-Delco) and Kevin Ross.
Philadelphia outshot the Bandits 40-24 in the first half and lead 9-7 heading into halftime. Hall completed a first half hat-trick.
Philadelphia remained in control of the game during the second half, carrying a four point lead into the final quarter, leading 13-9. Buchanan and Ross completed hat-tricks in the second half. The Wings carried the momentum into the final stanza and scored four more times
The wings’ Tracey Kelusky had the last laugh against his former squad, scoring six points (two goals and four assists). Evan Kirk impressed in his first start with the Wings at goaltender. He made 39 saves on 52 shots attempted by Buffalo.
Kevin Crowley added two goals and two assists for the Wings while Ryan Ward had six assists. CJ Costabile won 19 of 34 face-offs.
Buffalo had solid contributions by off-season acquisition, Ryan Benesch. He contributed two goals in his debut with the Bandits.
Philadelphia returns to action against the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday, January 11 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. The Philadelphia Wings host the Buffalo Bandits at Wells Fargo Center for their 2014 season home opener on Sunday, January 12 at 4 p.m.