The Buffalo Blizzard was shelled by two of its former players in the first half but rallied from two six-point deficits to defeat the Harrisburg Heat, 18-16, Friday night.
Buffalo trailed, 10-4, at halftime and 14-8 in the third quarter. The Blizzard rallied for its first tie at 14-14 on goals by Jim Hesch, Andrew Crawford and Brad Smith with Smith's goal coming 4:07 into the fourth quarter.
Hesch finished with three two-point goals, including the game-winner at 12:26 on a pass from Randy Pikuzinski.
Ex-Blizzard player Gino DiFlorio netted two three-point goals and former Blizzard Bernie Lilavois had two two-pointers, all in the first half, to put the Heat in command. Starting Buffalo goalie Kaj Stefansen was replaced to start the second half by Carlos Pena, who made nine saves.
DiFlorio tied a Harrisburg record with an 11-point game.
Buffalo hosts the Detroit Rockers at 2 this afternoon in Marine Midland Arena.