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LACROIX'S THREE GOALS HELP ROADRUNNERS SPRINT PAST WINGS

The Buffalo Wings' drive to the playoffs took a detour Sunday night, as the Wings were grounded, 10-5, by the Montreal Roadrunners in a Roller Hockey International game.

Montreal's Martin Lacroix registered a first-half hat trick, including the first short-handed goal the Wings (5-13) have allowed this season, to help Montreal take the lead through two periods before 3,518 fans at the Molson Centre.

Lacroix's short-handed goal at 4:08 helped give the Roadrunners a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Buffalo, which had won two in a row entering the contest, got back into the game in the second quarter when Ken Blum notched his first of three goals just 1:25 into the frame.

Derek Gauthier cut Montreal's lead to 3-2 with his eighth goal of the season at 4:02. Lacroix struck again to give Montreal (7-8-4) a 4-2 halftime lead.

The two teams opened the third quarter with a trade of goals. Blum notched his second of the evening at 1:17.

Andre Brassard then beat Buffalo goaltender Mark Bernard at the three-minute mark to give Montreal a 5-3 lead after the third stanza. Bernard finished the night with 30 saves on 40 shots.

Roadrunners' forward Eric Dadenault scored his first goal of the season at the 1:43 mark of the fourth and then assisted on a Sylvain Naud goal less than a minute later, 17 seconds after Buffalo's Kary Karlander had made it 6-4. Brassard scored his second of the game for Montreal to stretch the lead to 8-4.

Blum scored at 7:27 to close out the Wings' scoring.

Blum, who had not scored a goal in three games, now leads the Wings with 15 goals.

Despite the loss, Buffalo's playoff hopes are still alive. The Wings trail fourth-place Ottawa by six points. They can close the gap with a win at the Corel Centre Wednesday night. Buffalo is 2-0 at Ottawa this season, including an 8-5 victory last week.

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