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Wings hand Bandits season's first loss

The Buffalo Bandits' undefeated season came to an end here Friday night, and A.J. Shannon of the Philadelphia Wings was a major reason why.

Shannon scored two goals in the final three minutes to lift the Wings to a 13-11 win before 10,506 at the Wachovia Center.

Shannon broke an 11-11 tie with a shot through traffic that beat Bandits goalie Michael Thompson. The Wings' forward then scored on a low shot with 1:12 left to give his team some insurance.

The Bandits, now 5-1, seemed to be in charge with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter. John Tavares and Mark Steenhuis had scored to break an 8-8 tie.

However, Buffalo's Phil Sanderson and Chris White then took back-to-back penalties. Mat Giles scored Philadelphia's ninth goal in a five-on-three advantage, and he then struck again on a five-on-four power play to tie it, 10-10.

Drew Westervelt of the Wings (2-3) and Cody Jacobs of the Bandits traded goals after that, setting the stage for Shannon's explosion.

Steenhuis, Sean Greenhalgh and Kevin Dostie had two goals each for the Bandits, while Brandon Swamp, Kyle Schmelzle and Mike Accursi also scored.

The first three quarters were a back-and-forth affair. Steenhuis scored with only a tenth of a second left in the first quarter to put the Bandits down by only 2-1 after 15 minutes. The goal sparked a Buffalo burst that saw the Bandits score four of the first five goals in the second quarter. They led, 7-6, at halftime and by 9-8 after three quarters.


According to the National Lacrosse League Web site, Delby Powless of the Bandits has received a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules. No details were available.

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