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Bandits down Black Wolves on the road 15-5

Dhane Smith finished the night with 11 points in the road win

January 28, 2019 - 9:16 am

After a losing affair on Saturday night against the Rochester Knighthawks, the Buffalo Bandits responded with a 15-5 blowout victory over the New England Black Wolves at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The Bandits had a strong start to the game as Dhane Smith put Buffalo on the board just 30-seconds into the game. New England would respond with a goal shortly after, but Corey Small scored a power play goal to re-gain the lead. Thomas Hoggarth added a shorthanded goal for the Bandits midway through the first quarter to put Buffalo up 3-1 going into the second quarter.

Buffalo had another quick goal to start the second quarter. Chase Fraser gave the Bandits a 4-1 lead only seven-seconds in, what would be, a very eventful second quarter. There were a combined eight goals during the second quarter; six from the Bandits and two from the Black Wolves.

Nearly halfway through the second quarter, Small had already gotten a hat-trick. Going into the third quarter, Buffalo was leading by a score of 9-3. New England goaltender Doug Jamieson was pulled after allowing the ninth goal for former Bandits netminder Alex Buque.

Buffalo would continue to shut down the Black Wolves in the third, adding four goals to make it a 14-3 lead. Smith and Fraser scored quick goals at the start of the quarter and Ian MacKay also added two goals to finish off the third quarter.

New England showed a little life in the fourth quarter as they scored two more goals, but it was too little, too late.

Smith finished the night with 11 points for the Bandits, while Small ended the evening with seven points. Shawn Evans also had a good evening, finishing the game with six points.

After the win over New England, Buffalo is tied with the Georgia Swarm for second place in the East Division. The Bandits now have a record of 5-2.

Buffalo will host the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday night at KeyBank Center for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff. You can hear all of the action over on our sister station, ESPN 1520.

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