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March 23, 2013

Bandits drop fourth straight

Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — Winning hasn’t come easy for the Buffalo Bandits in their past four games.

In fact, it hasn’t come at all.

The Bandits dropped their fourth consecutive game and third straight at home Saturday in a 14-6 loss to the Edmonton Rush at the First Niagara Center.

“We just didn’t play very well in pretty much every aspect of the game,” Bandits’ head coach Darris Kilgour said. “Getting outworked at home is getting real old.”

The Bandits (5-7) started the season with five wins in their first eight games. Their last win – over East Division-leading Toronto in February – had the team in contention for first place. Instead, they’re flirting with the division’s final seed.

“It’s frustrating. I’m sure the players are just as frustrated as I am,” Kilgour said. “I’m pretty sure there’s not a happy camper in our camp today.”

The Bandits scored the game’s first goal, which proved to be their only lead. They surrendered the next four and trailed 6-2 after the first quarter, which resulted in Kilgour pulling goalie Anthony Cosmo in favor of backup Kurtis Wagar.

Wagar gave up just three goals in the second quarter, but the Bandits still trailed 9-4 at the half. Wagar played the third quarter and allowed four goals before the team turned to Cosmo again.

Kilgour didn’t lay blame entirely on either of his goalies.

“There were saves I hoped they would have made,” he said. “But at the same time, I don’t think we did a good job of keeping (Edmonton) to the angles and giving our goalies an opportunity to make easy saves.”

Buffalo lost the loose-ball battle 96-76 and turned it over 36 times. Several giveaways led directly to goals. John Tavares and Jay Thorimbert led the team with four turnovers apiece.

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