The Buffalo Bandits (2-0) utilized a strong final quarter to get the best of the Rochester Knighthawks. (1-1).
To The Action
Buffalo had a dominating opening fifteen minutes utilizing lamp lighters from, Dhane Smith (1g, 3a), Connor Fields (4g, 2a) and Fields hitting paydirt a second time and, after one quarter Buffalo was sitting on a 3-0 lead.
Is There an Answer Coming?
You could say that and Curtis Knight (3g, 3 a) posted a natural hat-trick and with four seconds on the clock, Holden Cattoni (3g, 1a) notched his first of three and Rochester returned the favor and shut Buffalo out for the quarter and went to the half with a 4-3 lead.
This is Getting Interesting
Things started to open up in the third with Jeff Wittig (1g) stretching the Knighthawks lead to a pair at 5-3.
Ian MacKay (1g), Matt Spanger (1g,1a) followed by Chris Cloutier (2g, 1a) put Buffalo in front, 6-5 with 8:53 played.
Charlie Bertrand (1g, 2a) knotted it up and closed the third with a 6-6 score.
This is Getting Good
Cattoni with a quick stick marker gave Rochester a lead with nine minutes to play.
Buffalo took the hit and stormed the beach courtesy of a pair from Fields, singles from Cloutier, Bucky Buchanan (1g, 3a), Tehoka Nanticoke (1g) and Steve Priolo (1g) to effectively blow it open at 12-7.
Cattoni added a goal with 1:40 remaining to close the book on the 12-8 score.
The ageless Matt Vinc stopped 48 shots in the Buffalo cause.
Despite the defeat, Chris Willman went 13 of 25 from the “X”.
The Curtis Knight hat trick came is a span of just 8:20.
Rochester held Buffalo scoreless in the second quarter which marks the first time in their short history they have accomplished that feat.
Evan Kirk turned away 42 Bandits tries.
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