Ban­dits’ six-game win streak ends

Ge­or­gia jumps to early lead

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS -

The Buf­falo Ban­dits’ sixgame win streak is over and their lead over the Toronto Rock in the Na­tional Lacrosse League has grown a lit­tle shakier.

The Ge­or­gia Swarm, who ab­sorbed a 19-9 shel­lack­ing from the Ban­dits on their home sur­face last month, got some re­venge on Buf­falo with a 14-9 vic­tory at KeyBank Cen­ter Saturday night, spoil­ing the party a bit on Na­tive Amer­i­can Night be­fore a crowd of 15,061.

The Swarm not only won, they didn’t even let the Ban­dits get a sniff of the lead once they broke a 2-2 tie and went on a 4-0 run in the first pe­riod.

It was 6-3 at the quar­ter break, 8-5 at the half and 11-7 af­ter three.

The vis­i­tors built the lead to as many as seven goals, 14-7, early in the fourth quar­ter.

Win­ning goalie Mike Poulin, a 34-year-old vet­eran from Kitch­ener, Ont., stopped 41 of the 50 shots he faced. The Ban­dits’ Matt Vinc had 38 saves on 52 shots.

Randy Staats of Six Nations, Ont., led the Ge­or­gia on­slaught with four goals and an as­sist. He put 11 shots on goal. Staats has 27 goals and 44 as­sists for 71 points on the sea­son.

Bren­dan Bomberry and Bryan Cole had two goals each for the Swarm. It was Cole’s sec­ond goal that snapped the 2-2 tie at 6:40 of the open­ing pe­riod, putting Ge­or­gia in front to stay.

Dhane Smith had three goals and two as­sists for the Ban­dits. Jor­dan Durston had a pair of goals and two as­sists while Thomas Hog­garth also scored twice with one as­sist.

Ban­dits scor­ing leader Shawn Evans was lim­ited to two as­sists, giv­ing him 49 for the sea­son to go with 24 goals. Buf­falo team goals leader Corey Small had only an as­sist. His goals to­tal re­mained at 27.

Buf­falo now takes to the road for a Friday night game at Saskatchewan. The next home game looks huge: The Ban­dits (10-3) against Toronto on March 23.

Toronto (7-3) lost, 15-9, Saturday at Cal­gary and trails the Ban­dits by 1 1/2 games, but the Ban­dits have played three more games. The Rock also has a home game with Rochester and a game at Ge­or­gia be­fore that March 23 game.

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