What goes around, comes around.
That's not always true in life, but it's right on the money when it comes to the Buffalo Bandits-Philadelphia Wings National Lacrosse League rivalry. Five weeks after absorbing one of the most convincing defeats in its history, Philadelphia got even by spanking the Bandits, 17-12, Saturday before 16,556 in the First Union Center.
"I think this team has a problem with psychology," said Bandits coach Ted Sawicki, whose team dropped into a fourth-place tie at 5-3. "We're just not ready to play sometimes. We were jittery, impatient, we threw the ball away. We have way too much talent to be in this position, that's for sure."
Philadelphia, which leads the all-time series, 12-11, has a way of finding chinks in the Bandits' armor. Saturday, the Wings bolted to a 4-0 lead and were never headed in avenging a 26-18 loss in Buffalo.
"They were definitely hungrier tonight than they were the first time," said Buffalo's John Tavares, who had two goals and four assists. "They got great goaltending. The last time we played them everything we shot was going in. Tonight, nothing was."
Wings goalie Dallas Eliuk made 41 saves and was named the player of the game. Jake Bergey had five goals and three assists for Philadelphia (6-2), giving him 17 points against Buffalo this season.
The Bandits crept within 14-11 in the third quarter, but Jeff Ratcliffe and Bergey scored power-play goals, part of a three-goal Philly flurry in a span of 2:27 that put the game on ice.
Chris Driscoll had three goals and two assists and Derek Malawsky pitched in two scores and two helpers for the Bandits, who will finish a three-game road trip Friday night in Columbus against the expansion Landsharks (2-5).