LANGLEY, B.C. -- The road has not been kind to the Buffalo Bandits as of late. Nor has the penalty box.
The Vancouver Stealth scored five power play goals to hand the Bandits their fourth consecutive road loss on Saturday night, 12-8.
The (8-5) Bandits took 31 minutes worth of penalties, giving Vancouver 11 different power play opportunities. The (4-9) Stealth converted on five of them and outshot the Bandits 61-43 over the duration of the game.
Appearing in his 200th career NLL game, Anthony Cosmo turned in yet another solid outing for the Bandits. Cosmo kept the Bandits active in the contest, stopping 49-of-61 shots for an .803 save percentage.
Vancouver opened the first quarter on a 3-1 run, but back-to-back goals from Joe Resetarits and Steve Priolo evened the quarter scoring.
Resetarits set a screen for Mark Steenhuis, who found Resetarits rolling in front of the net for the goal at 12:47. Just under two minutes later, Priolo went five-hole on Vancouver goaltender Tyler Richards in transition to close the quarter.
Vancouver scored four consecutive to open the second quarter, but Buffalo answered with another 2-0 run. After an errant Vancouver shot, Priolo found Mitch Wilde on the break, who beat Richards from just outside of the crease for his second career NLL goal.
Just 27 seconds later, Billy Dee Smith found Mark Steenhuis alone in front of the net in transition to close the Vancouver lead.
But concurrent roughing penalties halted the Buffalo momentum, as Vancouver closed out the half on a 2-0 lead.
The Stealth recorded 35 shots over the first half; Buffalo recorded just 17 shots, including just seven over the duration of the second quarter.
The Bandits had built a 2-1 run eight minutes into the third quarter. Shawn Williams scored for the second consecutive game, beating Richards five-hole at 1:35. After a Stealth goal, Dhane Smith unleashed a side-arm cannon from the slot that beat Richards over the shoulder on the power play just over seven minutes later.
But, at 11:58, the Bandits found themselves shorthanded, again. Chad Culp took a major high-sticking call and the Stealth capitalized. Rhys Duch scored his game-high fourth goal of the evening to close out the quarter.
A fourth quarter comeback attempt failed to resonate. Six penalties over the duration of the fourth quarter hampered the Bandits ability to go on the offensive.
John Tavares scored the lone goal of the fourth quarter for Buffalo at 12:59, dunking a shot off of Richards that just trickled across the line. The 46-year-old legend started another point streak on Saturday, recording two points (1+1). Looking ahead to next week, Tavares needs just one goal to reach 800 for his illustrious career.
The Bandits return to action on Saturday at home against the Calgary Roughnecks at 7 p.m.