Niagara Gazette — “In this league when you can’t pass and catch and you can’t execute a game plan you’re going to be in trouble,” Kilgour said. “And we were in trouble from the first minute to the last minute.”
Kilgour did find a silver lining in the loss. Alex-Kedoh Hill had three goals in his first game as a member of the Bandits. The forward was acquired from Rochester at the March 13 trade deadline in exchange for defenseman Scott Self.
“He was awesome. He played great,” Kilgour said of Hill, who also had a team-high seven shots. “Best player on the floor for us.”
Dhane Smith scored twice and added an assist for Buffalo. Aaron Wilson contributed a goal and two assists. Leading scorer Shawn Williams was limited to just one assist and one shot.
Edmonton (7-5) outshot the Bandits 63-42. The Rush is tied with Washington atop the West Division. St. Catherines, Ont. native Corey Small paced the team’s offense with four goals and three assists.
“He’s been a really consistent guy for us this year,” Rush coach Derek Keenan said of Small. “He’s been a real committed player. It was great for him to perform that well here. I’m sure he had lots of friends and family here and he was really good for us.”
The Bandits next game is against Toronto at 7 p.m. Friday at the Air Canada Centre. Though the ultimate goal is to win the game, Kilgour noted that the team has to start smaller if it wishes to salvage its playoff seed.
“Win a shift. Win a loose-ball battle,” he said. “Start with the little things and build on that.”