Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wings bury Bandits

The Philadelphia Wings got their record back to .500 with a 10-9 win over the Buffalo Bandits at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY.

Forward Drew Westervelt got fully extended to net the game winner with less than 2 minutes remaining.

In a continuation of last week's physical play between these two East Division rivals, the game featured numerous post-whistle skirmishes and two player ejections. Bandits lost defender Steve Priolo in the fist quarter for an off ball wrap up with Matt Alrich and defender Ben McCullough was sent to the dressing room early in the third quarter. Buffalo finished the contest with a total 46 penalty minutes to 14 for the Wings.

While the Bandits sat in the penalty box, the Wings offense went to work. Of Philadelphia's 10 goals, six were scored on the power play. Dan Hardy, Alex Turner and Athan Iannucci all converted for the Wings. Hardy and Iannucci finished the game with 3 goals a piece.  While Turner, Bill McGlone, Steve Holmes and Drew Westervelt all beat Bandits goalie Angus Goodleaf for 1 goal a piece.

National Lacrosse League (NLL) All-Star goalie Brandon Miller did not disappoint. Miller recorded 43 saves, bringing his season total to 361.

The Wings (4-4) are back in action at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, February 26 against the Toronto Rock at 8 p.m. Toronto leads the NLL East Division with 7 wins and 2 losses.

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