The Buffalo Blizzard finally got another taste of success on the road Sunday night, rallying from a six-point deficit to defeat the Edmonton Drillers, 9-8, in a National Professional Soccer League game in the Edmonton Coliseum.
The win snapped a three-game road losing streak for the Blizzard, raising its road mark to 2-6 for the season. The Blizzard had lost the opener of the two-game series in Edmonton, 19-8, on Friday night.
Andrew Crawford netted the winning goal for the Blizzard (8-6), beating Edmonton goalkeeper Scott Hileman on a shootout with 2:54 left in the fourth quarter. The Drillers' O'Neil Brown was penalized for tripping Buffalo's Chris Fox to set up Crawford's effort.
Edmonton led 8-2 before Crawford scored his first one-point shootout goal of the night late in the first half. On the ensuing power play, David Banks connected for the Blizzard 22 seconds into the third quarter to make it 8-4.
Rudy Pikuzinski was the trigger man on a nifty three-way passing play with brother Randy Pikuzinski and Banks to pull Buffalo within two points.
Jimmy Glenn, who has played in only two games this season after recovering from a severe groin injury, got his first goal of the year 3:02 into the fourth quarter to pull the Blizzard to a tie.
Goalkeeper Billy Andracki was outstanding for Buffalo with 20 saves, nine in the third period.
"They came at us hard in the third quarter, especially on power plays, but we were able to hold them off," Andracki said. "I knew I had to make the big saves because we haven't been doing well on the road."
The Blizzard returns home to Marine Midland Arena Saturday for a 7:35 p.m. start against the Detroit Rockers, who trail first-place Buffalo by 1 1/2 games in the North Division.