Bandits solid in first regular season win
by Andrew Kulyk (@akulykUSRT) - posted 12:04 am, January 31, 2010
Coming off the practice squad, first round draft pick Kyle Clancy made his own good impression, scoring shorthanded in the second quarter and playing solid all night, but he was not the only hero in this game. Frank Resetarits scored three goals and Mike Accursi woke from his slumber and added two.
Mark Steenhuis lit up the scoresheet as well, scoring one goal and adding seven assists to lead all scoring.
For the Banditland crowd of 15,636 it was like old times, as fans were treated to the Buffalo Bandits they have come to know and love. Their team got on the board early to take a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals by Kevin Dostie and Steenhuis, and never trailed after that.
With the Bandits taking a 5-2 lead on a shorthanded tally early in the second quarter, Swarm goalie Nick Patterson was pulled in favor of Kevin Croswell. Minnesota clawed back, scoring the next three goals to tie it at five going into halftime, the last goal coming with 0.5 seconds left on the clock.
“I like the way we reacted after we gave up the lead,” said coach Darris Kilgour. “Instead of complaining or finding excuses we just worked harder. I hope tonight we found the answer.”
In the third quarter it was all Buffalo. Accursi and Resetarits scored just seconds apart to allow Buffalo to regain the lead, then Buffalo added two more to give Buffalo a 9-5 cushion at the end of three. “I think it was out best quarter of the season,” said Steenhuis. “I would put it up there as one of our best quarters,” added Kilgour.
Bandits Goaltender Ken Montour came up with big save after big save early in the fourth quarter, and Minnesota only managed to score one goal early to make it close. “Kenny wasn’t playing bad at all, but wasn’t making the big saves we expect of him. When they have to catch and shoot, it makes it alot easier on Kenny.”
Later in the quarter, Buffalo’s Brandon Francis and Minnesota’s big guy Rich Morgan traded fisticuffs, with Francis landing on top after a lengthy exchange. Francis pumped his fist to the cheers of the crowd as he headed to the penalty box.
The two teams exchanged goals late, Buffalo’s last two coming on empty netters. Final score 11-7 Buffalo.
“The fans, they were pretty phenomenal, I’ve never been a part of anything like this before,” said Clancy, who comes from Peterborough, Ontario and was the Bandits’ first pick in the 2009 entry draft. “I was a little anxious a little nervous out there but once I got my feet wet it was just fine.”
Frank Resetarits, who scored three goals, was relieved that the team finally got its first win. “It was absolutely a must win. I don’t think we panicked. We just went out and said we want to go back to basics this week. We got some bounces. When we spread the ball out there we get good results.”
The Bandits, now 1-4, return home next Saturday to face their arch rivals from Toronto, the Rock, who suffered their first loss of their season tonight at Rochester. With a good number of traveling fans expected to make their way down the QEW from Toronto,
painting their faces red and blue, chanting “Go Rock Go” and waving their silly tin foil replica Champions Cups expect an energetic and boisterous atmosphere in the arena. Game time is 7:30PM at HSBC Arena.