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Bandits edged at home by Wings

The Buffalo Bandits tried to rally from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter Saturday night at KeyBank Center before a crowd of 12,459.

The Bandits didn’t get there, however, falling a goal short in a 7-6 loss to the Philadelphia Wings and dropping to 6-3 on the season. The Wings also are 6-3.

It was the second loss in a row for Buffalo, which fell to the Toronto Rock a week ago in Toronto.

Philadelphia, which never trailed in the game, led 4-2 at halftime and owned a 7-3 advantage after Brett Hickey’s second goal of the game at 2:35 of the fourth quarter.

Corey Small of the Bandits scored twice in a span of 58 seconds with goals at 3:15 and 4:13 but Buffalo could not break through the Philadelphia defense and goalie Zach Higgins until Josh Byrne scored with an extra attacker on for Buffalo with 1:36 left in regulation time.

The Bandits got no closer however.

Garrett Billings and J.P. Kealey had the first half goals for Buffalo, one in each quarter. Small scored the only Bandits goal in the third, the first of his three in the game. Billings had three assists and Byrne and Dallas Bridle had two each.
Higgins made 44 saves for the Wings. Matt Vinc of the Bandits had 45 saves.

Higgins was named the game’s first star. Small was the second star while Kevin Crowley, who had a goal and two assists for the Wings, was the third star.

Matt Rambo had two first half goals for Philadelphia. Liam Patten opened the scoring for the Wings at 2:14 of the opening quarter.

With the loss Buffalo slipped to third place in the North Division of the National Lacrosse League behind Halifax (6-1) and Toronto.

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