Niagara Gazette — Kevin Brownell’s determined individual effort closed a strong end to the half for the Bandits. He swatted the ball from a Wing player in Buffalo’s defensive zone, scooped it up and showcased impressive speed by outrunning everyone for a breakaway goal with 28 seconds to go.
The three unanswered goals less than two minutes revivified the crowd as well. It countered the unmistakable boo birds from the Bandit faithful earlier in the quarter that were elicited by the penalty calls on Buffalo.
But any momentum that may have been garnered during that stretch evaporated after halftime.
“To be honest, we have a plan and we didn’t stick to the plan,” Cordingley said. “You have to be on the same page and you have to be five guys out there playing and working the ball to create that one good opportunity. We didn’t do that (Saturday).”
There is some solace that can be taken despite a bitter loss, though. After all, Saturday was just the first chapter of a new book.
“Quite frankly, we were terrible (Saturday),” Cordingley said. "However, we’re lucky that it’s Dec. 28.”
Dhane Smith joined Steenhuis with five points, including a hat trick. Philadelphia’s Tracey Kelusky, who played the three seasons prior for the Bandits, haunted his old team with two goals and four assists. Hall led the Wings, scoring seven points with five goals.