Saturday, January 19, 2008

History in the Making in Buffalo

As I said in the Bandits preview, John Tavares needed 4 more goals to break Gary Gait's all-time goals scored record and that's how many he scored. Coming at 13:08 in the third, Tavares scored his fourth of the night and his 597th of his career. Besides that, there was more of a game played and the Bandits did win 17-13. The offense looked really good with Tavares scoring 4, Dostie scoring 3, and Steenhuis and McCready scoring 2. This game is much closer than what it was supposed to be and that came in through the 67 penalty minutes that the Bandits had during the game. This gave the hottest powerplay in the league 15 opportunities, which they scored on 6 of them. If the Bandits can't seem to stay out of the penalty box, the better teams in the league are going to crush them. The other issue with this team is the faceoff. The Bandits won 7 of 34 in faceoffs. The ball possession in this case needs to be better and I think that the answer is Brandon Francis. Francis went 14 of 27 against the Knighthawks last Saturday and I really think that he needs to be in the lineup more.

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