Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bandits/Wings Review

20 seconds. Thats all it took for this game to be decided. 20 seconds, one faceoff, one timeout, and one shot. The Bandits lost on Saturday night 15-14 in overtime. Jake Bergey scored the game winning goal 20 seconds into overtime. Overall, the Bandits played what looked to be well, coming back from 13-10 to start the 4th to eventually take the lead and take the game to overtime. Mark Steenhuis and Kevin Dostie led the team with 4 goals a piece while John Tavares scored 2 and Clay Hill, Dan Teat, Cory Bomberry, and Roger Vise each scored one. Mike Thompson started and played all 60:20 letting in 15 goals on 52 shots. Brandon Francis played in the place of Kyle Schmelzle and went an uninspiring 8-34 on faceoffs.

On the Wings side, Jake Bergey scored the game winning goal and he and Athan Iannucci led the team with 4 goals a piece. Geoff Snider and Jamie Rooney each scored 2 and Merrick Thompson, Dan Marohl, and Taylor Wray each scored 1. Rob Blasdell started and played the whole 60:20 letting in 14 goals on 62 shots. Geoff Snider took the majority of the faceoffs going 21-28.

All in all, this Philadelphia Wings team is a very good team and looks to be the team in the East to beat. They set the tone early, scoring within the first 5 seconds, and often, relenting the lead only three times. They do have some speed and that showed with the early goals in the first quarter and overtime. They also have a good amount of shooters. If this team is going to be beat, it most likely will come on the road since the Wings have yet to be road tested. They play 6 of their last 7 games on the road. Right now though, this team seems to have all the pieces in place to make a run deep into the Champion Cup Playoffs.

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