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WINGS CUT DOWN BLIZZARD, 11-10

A controversial play almost gave the Buffalo Blizzard a win Saturday night, but a second questionable call did them in.

Jason Dunn of Wichita scored a power-play goal with 2:56 remaining to give the Wings an 11-10 victory over the Blizzard.

The man-advantage occurred as Buffalo's Michael DiNunzio was running to the bench during a stoppage in play. The officials ruled the defender didn't make it before play resumed, resulting in a too-many-men-on-the-field penalty.

The Blizzard had taken a 10-8 lead about one minute into the final quarter when Bernie Lilavois scored an unassisted goal, his 19th tally of the season. The Wings argued for it to be disallowed after it appeared the forward blocked a clearing pass with his hand.

Wichita's Erik Rasmussen scored his third goal of the game with exactly five minutes to play to knot the game at 10-all.

Doug Miller of the Blizzard also notched a hat trick and finished with five points. He has 51 goals and 107 points for the season.

Miller's third goal snapped a 6-6 tie at 5:46 of the third, but Wichita's Curtis Steltzer scored the equalizer near the end of the quarter.

Danny Barber and Andrew Crawford also scored for Buffalo. Michael DiNunzio, Rudy Pikuzinski, Lilavois and goalkeeper Stuart Dobson earned assists.

The Wings, who opened the scoring and built a 6-2 lead, outshot the Blizzard, 35-30. Dobson made 13 saves for Buffalo.

Chris Damico made 17 saves for Wichita, which evened the season series with Buffalo at 2-2. The all-time series between the squads stands at 9-9.

The Blizzard faces the Cleveland Crunch in a home-and-home series next weekend. The first game is Saturday in Cleveland; the teams square off at 2:05 p.m. Sunday at Marine Midland Arena.

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