Niagara Gazette

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December 29, 2013

Bandits fall in Cordingley's debut

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Niagara Gazette — Cordingley said Cosmo will take the heat for the goals allowed, evidenced by a sarcastic cheer from the crowd being pulled, but it’s tough when a team gives up 61 shots as Buffalo did.

“What I saw is a guy in Cosmo getting bombarded with shot after shot after shot because we weren’t willing to battle for loose balls after rebounds,” Cordingley said. “Coz, yeah, maybe he let in one or two soft ones, but it’s easy to point the finger, and our defense wasn’t making players pay the price.

After Jay Thorimbert scored an unassisted tally to cut the Wings lead to 5-4, Jordan Hall took over.

The Philadelphia forward lit the lamp 22 seconds after Thorimbert, and proceeded to score thrice more in a near six-minute span. The one-man onslaught, which ended with 5:03 left on a penalty-shot goal, awarded because of simultaneous Buffalo penalties — to Rory Smith and Billy Dee Smith — while down a man already, extended the Wings’ lead to 9-4.

But just when it appeared Buffalo was imploding and Philadelphia could coast in cruise control, a pair of Wings’ penalties leveled the playing ground.

A roughing penalty by Joel White halted Philadelphia’s two-minute 5-on-3 advantage 1:03 in, and a minute later Kyle Sweeney took a slashing minor, putting the Bandits up two men for a minute. They made the most of it.

Shawn Williams, cutting to the left of Wings’ goalie Evan Kirk, caught a pass in transition from Steve Priolo and buried it with 2:25 left in the half for a power-play marker.

Mark Steenhuis followed that with a goal less than a minute later as Buffalo’s 5-on-4 approached its conclusion. Quick passing with John Tavares left Steenhuis, who tied for a team-high five points (2+3), wide open several feet from the net, going far side to close the gap to three.

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