Bandits split weekend; be Philadelphia in OT, lose at home to Georgia

The team remains in first place, but misses their chance to clinch a playoff spot

Dave Buchanan
March 09, 2019 - 11:50 pm

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The Buffalo Bandits split their two games this weekend to remain in first place in the NLL East. Buffalo came from behind to beat the Philadelphia Wings in overtime, 12-11 on Friday night in Philadelphia, but then fell flat at home in a 14-9 loss to the Georgia Swarm on Saturday. 

The Bandits trailed the Wings 11-8 going into the fourth quarter on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Matt Vinc shut out the Wings in the final quarter, while Chris Cloutier, Chase Fraser and Corey Small all scored for the Bandits to force overtime. Small's game-tying goal came with just 1:07 to go in regulation. Fraser then scored his fourth goal of the night 5:18 into overtime to complete the comeback, and give the Bandits their sixth win in a row. 

Buffalo then hosted the Georgia Swarm on Saturday night at KeyBank Center. The teams traded goals to start the game before the Swarm went a four-goal run to take a 6-2 lead. The Bandits closed the lead to 9-7 late in the third quarter, but the Swarm piled up five-straight goals to take the game out of reach. 

The loss snapped the Bandits' six-game winning streak, and prevented them from clinching their first playoff berth since the 2016 season. They are still in first place in the NLL East at 10-3 with a game and a half lead over the Toronto Rock. 

Buffalo travels to Saskatoon next Saturday to face the defending champion Saskatchewan Rush. 

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