Wichita forward Jason Dunn made an impressive professional indoor debut Saturday night, collecting nine points as the Wings outgunned the Buffalo Blizzard, 16-9, in the National Professional Soccer League opener for both teams.
Wichita quickly took control as Dunn scored a two-pointer 59 seconds into the game and the Wings built a 6-2 lead after the first quarter. The Wings went on to lead, 9-4, at the half and never allowed the Blizzard closer than four points. Buffalo held a 28-23 advantage in shots.
"We did have a chance to win the game," Blizzard coach Gary Hindley said. "We missed some opportunities and their goalkeeper (Chris Damico) made some good saves."
Mauro Biello led the Blizzard with four points on a pair of two-point goals. Andrew Crawford and Gino DiFlorio each had three points, Crawford on goals worth two points and one point and DiFlorio on a two-point goal and an assist.
Doug Miller, an NPSL veteran acquired this week from Cleveland, was shut out in his Blizzard debut but did take five shots.
Whenever the Blizzard made a move on the scoreboard, Dunn came to Wichita's rescue. His two-point goal at 13:34 of the third quarter ended a four-point Buffalo rally and put the Wings ahead, 13-7. When the Blizzard countered with a two-pointer by Biello at 12:24 of the fourth quarter, Dunn responded with a three-pointer at 14:46. He also had two assists.
The Blizzard has never opened a season with a victory on the road. Buffalo lost its season-opener at Baltimore last year and was beaten at Cleveland in 1994.
History indicated the trend would hold up at the Kansas Coliseum. The Blizzard's loss was its fifth in as many KC appearances and Buffalo has been outscored, 73-41, in those games.
Dino Perry started in goal for the Blizzard and made 10 saves.
Buffalo is in Detroit next Saturday night to face the Rockers. The Blizzard also has road games at Toronto next Sunday and at Milwaukee (Nov. 9) before playing its home opener Nov. 15 against Detroit in Marine Midland Arena.