3/8/2019 11:53:00 PM / Nick Konotopskyj
The Buffalo Bandits knew that the 2-8 Philadelphia Wings presented a much tougher test than their record indicated. Friday night, as the Wings held the lead throughout their game against Buffalo, it ended being the Bandits who prevailed with the hard-fought 12-11 overtime victory on the road.
Buffalo outscored Philadelphia 4-0 in the fourth quarter and overtime at Wells Fargo Center to secure the comeback win and improve their league-best record to 10-2 on the year. Just like the other two games against the Wings this year, this game did not come easy for the Bandits. However, they were tough, resilient, and made clutch plays down the stretch to secure the win.
Chase Fraser was the star of the show, scoring four goals, including the game winner in overtime. Dhane Smith contributed with 5 points (1+4) while Thomas Hoggarth also had 5 points (1+4). Corey Small scored two huge goals, including the game-tying goal with 1:07 left to send the game into overtime. Bandits goalie Matt Vinc stopped 47 of 58 shots, which included some huge saves in the fourth quarter and overtime.
The game started with a Philadelphia goal by Kiel Matisz to make it 1-0 Wings. The Bandits scored their first goal halfway through the first quarter when Thomas Hoggarth talloed.
Just one minute later, Chase Fraser scored an airborne goal over Philadelphia Goalie Doug Buchan to make it 2-1. The Wings tied the game back up with a goal from Kevin Crowley to make it 2-2.
The Bandits had an illegal substitution penalty with 45 seconds left in the first quarter, but Philadelphia was unable to score and it remained 2-2 going into the second quarter.
It became a 5-on-3 right away in the second quarter when Nick Weiss took a penalty for Buffalo. Philadelphia capitalized right away to make it 3-2 when Blaze Riorden scored in front of the net.
The Wings then scored a 4-on-4 goal when Anthony Joaquim put home a breakaway chance. They ended up making it a four-goal game just a few minutes later as Matt Rambo made it 6-2.
Fraser stopped the run with his second goal of the game with 4:31 left in the first half. Ethan O’Connor then added another goal in transition with 41.7 seconds left, scoring five hole to make it 6-4. Even though the Bandits were down by four goals, that 2-0 run to close out the first half allowed them to stay within striking distance.
Philadelphia started the second half with a power-play goal from Jordan Hall to put Philadelphia ahead 7-4. Chris Cloutier got in on the action against his former team by scoring a goal in front to cut the deficit back to two.
After that, Corey Small scored his first goal of the game to cut the deficit to one. Frank Brown scored two goals for the Wings and then Dhane Smith scored his first goal of the game for Buffalo. Smith recorded his 600th career point in tonight’s game against the Wings.
Shawn Evans scored a power-play goal for the Bandits to make it once again get back within one with nine minutes left in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the Bandits, the Wings were able to close the quarter on a 2-0 run. Josh Currier scored with three minutes left in the quarter. Crowley then scored another goal with 2.7 seconds left, leaving Buffalo to face a three-goal deficit entering the fourth quarter.
Luckily for the Bandits, that was the final goal that the Wings would score. Cloutier scored his second goal of the game for Buffalo early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to two.
Buffalo then killed off a two-man advantage with Vinc continuing his stellar play between the pipes.
Fraser scored his third goal of the game to make it 11-10 with just 3:14 left and suddenly the Bandits were right back in it. Small tied it up for the Bandits with 1:07 remaining, forcing overtime.
In the extra period, high-paced, back-and-forth action resulted in multiple scoring chances for both teams. It wasn’t until 5:18 into overtime when Fraser buried his fourth goal of the game to give the Bandits their sixth straight victory.
The Bandits will be back in action on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. from KeyBank Center when they welcome the Georgia Swarm for their second meeting of the season. Buffalo defeated Georgia 19-9 in the first matchup. Saturday’s game will also be Native American Night. Tickets are on sale now.