Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wings fall to Buffalo

Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Wings opened their second game of the season playing like the Wings of old, scoring early and returning to their hard-hitting roots, but ultimately lost 9-6 to the Buffalo Bandits Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center.

The action-packed first quarter included three Wings goals, two by forward Drew Westervelt and one by Max Seibald as the Wings kept the score even with the Bandits after one quarter 3-3. Chad Culp led the Bandits with two first quarter goals. With less than a minute remaining in the first quarter defenseman Paul Dawson brought the Wings faithful to their feet with a bone-crushing, cross-check that left his Buffalo counterpart face down on the turf.

Dawson’s physical play rubbed off on his Wings teammates as their stifling defense held the Bandits to just two goals scored over the second and third periods. Unfortunately the Bandits defense was every bit as good, holding the Wings scoreless until the fourth quarter. Although the Wings were unable to light the lamp in the third quarter, transition player Max Seibald gave the crowd plenty to cheer about when he leveled Bandits forward Jon Harasym, drawing a five-minute major for checking from behind.

In the fourth quarter, Wings forward Athan Iannucci scored two goals while Alex Turner added one, but the Bandits proved to be too much, defeating the Wings by a final score of 9-6.

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