One week after a resounding victory over the Baltimore Blast, the team with the best record in the National Professional Soccer League, the Buffalo Blizzard toppled another kingpin.
Chris Handsor scored a pair of two-point goals in the fourth quarter Saturday night to lead a 13-8 victory for the Blizzard over the Philadelphia Kixx, who came into the game with the third best record (14-9) in the league.
It was only the third road victory in 14 games for Buffalo, the worst away record in the league.
"The best we've played on the road all season. Best we've played as a team over four periods," said Blizzard coach Paul Kitson, whose team is 12-15 and still struggling to move up in the American Conference standings and earn a playoff spot.
Jim Hesch scored twice to get Buffalo off to a 4-0 lead but Philadelphia drew even on a goal by Don D'Amora with just 5 seconds left in the first half.
"That was the only downside to the first half -- giving up that goal and giving them a little bit of momentum," said Kitson. Philadelphia took its only lead on Steve Sloan's goal at 8:22 of the third, but Steve Butcher tied it for the Blizzard with 5 seconds left in the third. Then Handsor scored twice to break the tie.
Sloan closed the gap to 10-8 with 2:56 left but Daniel Barber blasted a three-pointer with 5 seconds left in the game to ice it.
It was the second win in a row for the Blizzard and the first in three games against Philadelphia.