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BLIZZARD IS SNOWED UNDER BY WICHITA BLITZ

New goalkeeper Stuart Dobson, making his first start for Buffalo, shut out the Wichita Wings for the first 25 minutes here Saturday night.

Then the Wings rattled off 17 points in a row and went on to a 24-14 rout of the Blizzard in their National Professional Soccer League game at Kansas Coliseum.

Buffalo was leading, 7-0, at 9:55 of the second quarter before Wichita broke the ice on the first of four goals by Sterling Wescott. That began the Wichita run which didn't end until Andrew Crawford scored a shootout goal near the end of the third quarter.

Buffalo was outscored, 8-1, in the third period and never got back in contention.

Doug Miller, who had three two-point goals and an assist, and Bernie Lilavois, who had a pair of two-pointers and three assists, were the bright spots for the Blizzard, which dropped its second straight on the road after home victories over St. Louis and Edmonton.

Wescott had four two-pointers and Genoni Martinez had a pair of deuces and a one-point goal for Wichita (3-2).

Miller got Buffalo off to an early 2-0 lead. A shootout goal by Crawford and two goals by Lilavois made it 7-0.

Aside from Crawford, Miller and Lilavois, the only other goal scorer for Buffalo was defender Bobby DiNunzio, who tallied in the fourth quarter to make it 20-10 with 9:55 left.

The Wings responded, though, with fourth-quarter goals by Joey Murtagh and Erik Rasmussen to erase any doubt.

Dobson, who was acquired last week to back up keeper Billy Andracki, turned back all three shootout attempts he faced and was credited with 16 saves. The Wings had 41 shots on goal, 30 in the middle two quarters. Chris Damico of the Wings had 21 saves.

The Blizzard will face Florida and Harrisburg at home Friday and Saturday.

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