March 6, 2011

Bandits Beat Blazers in Bizarre Fashion


BOSTON -- The Buffalo Bandits (6-3) stole second place in the East Division by beating the Boston Blazers (6-4) by a score of 9-8 at TD Garden on Sunday.The Bandits led 6-3 at half by taking advantage of several mistakes by the Blazers. In a bizarre turn of events, All-Star goalie Anthony Cosmo was temporarily forced to the bench for delay of game after referees decided that his equipment malfunction was not enough to merit a stoppage in play.

Backup goalie Nick Rose performed admirably in relief before John Tavares got one by him.

When Cosmo returned, he found himself out of the net again when Tom Montour launched a full-court shot into a vacant Boston net. Boston's Mike Kirk misplayed a rebound off the glass, knocking the ball behind Cosmo into his own net.

Dan Dawson scored two goals in the first half to keep the Blazers in the game.

Travis Irving, the Bandits' first-round draft pick in 2010, scored his first NLL goal early in the second half after Jay Thorimbert's breakaway shot missed the net and ricocheted off the boards right to Irving.

Tavares scored a buzzer-beating goal at the end of the third quarter to give the Bandits an 8-4 lead heading into the final frame.

The Blazers refused to fold up, scoring four unanswered goals to tie the game at eight in the fourth quarter. Clay Hill scored a fast-break goal to give the Bandits a 9-8 lead with four minutes left in regulation.

Mike Thompson made several outstanding saves late to preserve the win for Buffalo.

The two teams will play a rematch next weekend on Saturday, March 12, this time at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY at 7:30pm.

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