February 12, 2012

Tweet This: Wings Hand Buffalo Fourth Straight Loss

from press release

Dan Dawson, or @DanDawson6 on Twitter, had nine assists for the Wings on Sunday against Buffalo.
© Larry Palumbo

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Wings looked like a completely different team than the one that failed to score a goal in the second half of last week's 15-6 loss to the Rock, and it wasn't just because they were making history as the first American sports team ever to replace last names with players' Twitter handles on the back of their jerseys.

The Wings improved their record to 3-2 and are now tied for the East Division lead after a 14-13 victory over the Buffalo Bandits at Wells Fargo Center Sunday afternoon.

After a back and forth game all night, a Drew Westervelt diving goal with less than four minutes remaining in the game broke a 12-12 tie. He added another goal less than two minutes later, his third of the night, to put the Wings up 14-12. The Bandits, who lost their fourth straight game, added a late penalty shot goal.

Leading 7-5 at halftime, the Wings played well in the third quarter, out-scoring the Bandits four goals to three and took an 11-8 advantage into the decisive final period. However, after a goalie change in the fourth quarter, the Bandits heated up and knotted the game up at 12-12 with less than five minutes to play until Westervelt's two goals put the Wings ahead for good.

The Wings were led by Assistant Captain Dan Dawson who tallied nine assists, rookie Kevin Crowley who scored four goals and Captain Brodie Merrill who added three goals and two assists.

The Wings customized jerseys with Twitter Handles were auctioned off post-game with proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Wings will travel to Toronto to play the Rock next Saturday and will next return to Wells Fargo Center for a March 3 home game versus the Rochester Knighthawks.

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