Bandits pick up first win

Posted on January 31, 2010 by Bandits Press Report

The Buffalo Bandits can exhale now after earning their first win of the season tonight against the Minnesota Swarm 11-7.

The Bandits record coming into tonight’s game was less than exhilarating as the team’s desperation was beginning to show after losing four straight games.  Coach Kilgour emphasized the need for teamwork and elevated play from all his players, and tonight they responded.

Mark Steenhuis would play his best game of the season, registering eight points on the night (1+7).  With pressure mounting from the Swarm defense, Steenhuis was forced to make some tough plays during the game.

“I’m starting to get the attention of the other teams, and it’s my job to find the open guys out there now” Steenhuis said. “They are making all the moves, and I’m just trying to see them.”

Also leading the offense was Hamburg native Frank Resetarits who earned a hat trick on the night. Scoring two goals in a matter of 31 seconds, Resetarits would prove to be just one of the many sparks that lit the lamp on the night.

“We just decided that we wanted to go back to basics this week and finally got those bounces” Resetarits said. “I had a pretty good shoot around earlier today and Steenhuis and Clancy did a great job of setting me up, all I had to do was shoot the ball.”

In his first career NLL game and debut as a Buffalo Bandit, Kyle Clancy would score shorthanded during the second quarter to earn his first career goal. Clancy would also register an assist on one of Resetarits’ goals in the first.

However, the strong defense in the third quarter would shut the Swarm out and shifted the team into the winning column.  Specifically, the play of the rookies Steve Priolo and Chris Corbeil continued to be outstanding.  Veteran defenseman Billy Dee Smith would also contribute on the scoreboard on an empty-net goal in the final seconds of the fourth.

“We aren’t chasing, we are forcing and it’s a small difference but a huge difference for our defense” Coach Kilgour said.  “Once we got that straightened out we dominated in the second half.”

Ken Montour also held the team in the game by stopping 44 of 51 shots on the night.

The team was again without Tavares, Vyse, and Greenhalgh tonight.  All are expected to return to the lineup within the next three weeks.

The Bandits seek to continue their efforts next Saturday, February 6 against the number one team in the east; the Toronto Rock.  Game time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available.

(Courtesy Buffalo Bandits)

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