Last night in front of a crowd of 9,096 at the Wells Fargo Center the Philadelphia Wings put together a game of lacrosse the Philadelphia fans have been waiting to see for a long time by beating the Buffalo Bandits 13-8.
This was a total team effort from top to bottom. Led by a three headed monster Kevin Buchanan (3G/3A) and Kevin Crowley (4G/1A) and Jordan Hall (1G/6A), the Wings had total control of the game. The Bandits never went on that roll so many teams go on. Only twice in the game, 1st & 4th quarter did they score 2 goals in a row. Rookie Ethan Farrell put the Wings up 1-0 and had the crowd on their feet at 3:43 with his first career goal, a nice crease dive shot past Cosmo. New addition Kevin Buchanan recorded his first of t season putting the Wings up 2-0. Back to Back goals by former Wing David Brock and Aaron Wilson tie the game at two, and that would be the closet the Bandits would get. A five goal outburst by the Wings in the second quarter put the game away as the Wings go into the half up 8-4.
The Wings went 4-10 on the power-play and outshot the Bandits 60-51, and picked up 22 more loose balls.
Brandon Miller was stellar in the net stopping 43 of 51 shots, and getting back on track from last season.
Second year player Kevin Crowley couldn’t believe the roar of the crowd, “You can feel it on the bench” said Crowley
“I guess we didn’t do bad for not knowing what we’re doing,” said GM/Wings Coach Johnny Mouradian referring to the thoughts of those thinking a team of American born players will have trouble winning in a Canadian dominated National Lacrosse League.
This was a solid 60 minute effort from start to finish. Needless to say the Wings fans were very pleased in the team’s performance.
Wings are in action again next Saturday evening as they travel to Toronto to face the Rock. Next home game Jan 27th a 4pm start vs the Calgary Roughnecks.