Chris Cloutier made his debut with the Buffalo Bandits in a dramatic way Saturday night at KeyBank Center. The former Philadelpia Wings forward, acquired in a trade last week by the Bandits, scored the goal that gave Buffalo its first lead of the ame in an hard-earned 12-10 victory over the Calgary RoughNecks at KeyBank Center.
Cloutier's first goal for the Bandits put the team ahead, 10-9, at 6:12 of the fourth quarter.
The RoughNecks tied it less than two minutes later but the Bandits came on to win on goals by Dhane Smith and and Ethan O'Connor to bring home the victory.
Buffalo trailed almost all the way for three quarters after Dane Dobbie of Calgary opened the scoring at 1:21 of the first period. The Bandits did tie at 8-8 on a goal by Steve Priolo with 5:23 left in the third. However, Calgary went back in front when Rhys Ruch scored his second of the game at 6:59.
Jordan Durston got the goal that evened the score at 9-9 at the start of the fourth quarter. Then Cloutier tallied. Curtis Dickson scored his fourth of the game to tie it again for Calgary but Smith came through witha ssists from Durston and Corey Small and O'Connor finished it off with an assist from Ian MacKay.
It was the fourth win in a row for the Bandits (8-2), who are virtually even with the Toronto Rock (7-1) in the Eastern Division standings of the National Lacrosse League.
Calgary is first in the Western Division with a 5-5 record.
Priolo and Smith were the only Buffalo players with two goals. Small and Durston had four-point games with a goal and three assists each.
Matt Vinc made 40 saves for Buffalo. Christian DelBianco of the RoughNecks had 43 saves.
Buffalo's next game will be on Friday night against the Rochester Knighthawks at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.