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Stealth Sneak A Win Past The Bandits

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Note: With Artvoice writers Peter Farrell and Andrew Kuyk down in DC covering the Sabres game, this week’s Bandits game report comes to you courtesy of WNYMedia Bandits writer Matt Bova.

by Matt Bova, WNYMedia.

In front of a sold out crowd the Buffalo Bandits failed in their attempt to overtake the division lead, falling in overtime to the Washington Stealth.

Washington got on the board first with a goal by Rhys Duch (@ducheelax10 on twitter!) and held the lead for a total of 2 minutes until Bandit Brenden Thenhaus got Buffalo on the board.

The first quarter belonged to Buffalo. The strategy related by Brenden Thenhaus: ”We’re always trying to come out quick and get the first couple goals.” Goals by Kyle Clancy, John Tavares, Tracey Kelusky and a second by Thenhaus gave Buffalo a comfortable 5-2 lead at the end of the first.

The second quarter didn’t go as well for the Bandits. The Stealth managed to keep the Bandits scoreless, starter Angus Goodleaf was pulled from net due to an equipment issue (he wasn’t wearing Reebok shoes) and Mike Thompson finished out the half, and the Stealth tallied 3 goals to tie things up at the half.

At the start of the second half Goodleaf returned to the net and the two teams duked it out, with neither pulling far ahead of each other. Both the Bandits and the Stealth tallied 2 goals a piece in each of the quarters. At the end of the 3rd, the teams were tied at 7.

The fourth quarter saw the teams fight back and forth and the Bandits pulling ahead and gaining possession with 34 seconds left in regulation. Buffalo held the ball and slowly made their way down the field. Then, with about 10 seconds left on the shot clock, Mark Steenhuis made a fateful decision to shoot. His unsuccessful attempt gave Washington the ball and Rhys Duch fired one past Goodleaf tied things up with 9.6 seconds left in regulation time.

For 5 minutes in overtime the Bandits and Stealth traded shots on net until Cam Sedgwick fired one past Goodleaf to give the win to Washington.

It was a tough game to lose according to coach Darris Kilgour “We deserved to lose that game… I thought they outran us.” The sting for Kilgour was extra painful as Toronto lost their game. A win tonight would have put the Bandits in 2st place. ”Toronto did us a favor, but we didn’t do ourselves a favor.”

Buffalo play in Toronto on Friday and in Rochester on Saturday. They’ll need to win both of those games to get home advantage throughout the playoffs. Check back here for the coverage of those games or follow me on twitter for updates.

On a personal note, this was my last Bandits home game before I move to Los Angeles. I’d like to thank the Bandits and Media Relations Manager Ian Ott for their help and hospitality during this season. I wish them the best of luck in this season and the future.