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WINGS FLATTEN WHEELS, END FIVE-GAME SKID

The Buffalo Wings used a monster second half to break a five-game losing streak Monday.

The Wings scored all but one of their goals in the final half of an 8-5 victory over the Ottawa Wheels in the Corel Centre.

Buffalo (4-12) roared back from a 5-4 deficit after three quarters by scoring all four goals of the final quarter. Colin Ward scored just 1:02 into the last period to tie the game at 5-5.

Ziggy Marcyzalek tallied four minutes later to give the Wings their first lead of the night at 6-5, then Kory Karlander scored the last two goals of the night to account for the final margin.

Goaltender Nick Vitucci stopped all 10 shots he faced in the fourth quarter and finished the night with 31 saves.

The victory moves the Wings within five points of the fourth-place Wheels (6-7) in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference of Roller Hockey International.

The Wheels have 13 points, including an overtime loss, to eight for the Wings.

Derek Gauthier, Andy Rymsha, Chris Palmer and Patrick Cloutier had the other scores for the Wings. Rymsha, acquired in a trade just last week, added three assists, as did Palmer.

Ken Blum, who had a 12-game point-scoring streak snapped Saturday in an 8-5 loss to the New Jersey Rockin Rollers in Marine Midland Arena, started a new streak with two assists against the Wheels.

Dan Bousquet and Mario Therrien had two goals apiece for Ottawa while Robin Bouchard had one goal.

Gauthier sandwiched his goal between scores by Bousquet and Bouchard as the Wheels took a 2-1 lead after one quarter.

Therrien tallied the lone goal of the second quarter and Ottawa led, 3-1, at intermission. Buffalo put only 15 shots on goal in the first half, but dominated the second half to own a 37-36 edge in shots.

Rymsha got the Wings within 3-2 by scoring just 26 seconds into the second half, but Bousquet answered to make it 4-2 for the Wheels.

Goals by Palmer and Cloutier pulled the Wings into a 4-4 tie, but Therrien's score at 5:05 made it 5-4 Wheels going into the final period.

The Wings host the Wheels at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in MMA.

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