News | 12/12/2010 6:28:13 PM | Bandits.com
Chris Corbeil and Rusty Kruger led the scoring charge in a physical 10-6 Bandits victory against the Philadelphia Wings Sunday in a preseason scrimmage at HSBC Arena.
With the roster yet to be finalized, plenty of Bandits came into the game looking to make an impression. In a game that featured 65 Buffalo penalty minutes and 14 Bandits on the scoresheet, there were enough chances to do just that to go around.
Corbeil and Kruger each netted two goals for the Bandits, and rookie defenseman Holdon Vyse added an empty netter and two assists to lead the Buffalo scorers.
The game opened with a quiet first quarter that saw no scoring, but three power play opportunities for Philadelphia. The Buffalo penalty killers effectively killed off each one, setting the tone for a game that would include plenty of shorthanded play by both teams.
The Bandits jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second quarter, but the Wings would answer both goals to end the first half knotted up.
With the Wings leading 4-2 on the strength of two quick goals to start the second half, the Bandits’ Kruger changed the pace of the game with a shot from the slot that beat the Philadelphia goaltender up high to bring the Bandits within one.
Minutes later, Buffalo was headed to their seventh penalty kill of the game with Frank Resetarits called for a cross check, and it looked like a chance for the Wings to increase their lead. Instead, Corbeil scored his second goal of the game on a shorthanded breakaway, and Jay Thorimbert scored another during the same Philadelphia power play to put the Bandits in control with a 5-4 lead.
The Wings tied it up one more time on the power play, but the Bandits got the last lead they would need on a goal by Rusty Kruger. The play started with Kyle Clancy going to the net with the ball and drawing the Philadelphia defenders to him, before slipping a sneaky backdoor feed to Kruger that surprised the Philadelphia goaltender and put the Bandits up 6-5, a lead that would hold up for the remainder of the game.