Sunday, February 10, 2008

Bandits/Roughnecks Review and Bandits/Titans Preview

Since this is a two game weekend, I figured that I would tie both the review of Friday's game and the preview of Sunday's game together. First the Roughnecks. The Bandits won 17-9 against the not-so reunion of Steve Dietrich against his old mates. Dietrich was originally set to start but was pulled when team doctors realized that he had suffered a concussion rather than the flu diagnosis he was given. In to fill in for him was Ryan Avery. Avery originally backed up Dietrich in Buffalo, but was then sent to the Roughriders in 2006. Boy did he get pounded. Avery gave up 16 goals on 47 shots and was eventually pulled with about 3 minutes left in the game. The Bandits leaders were Dostie and Steenhuis who scored 3 goals a piece and Tavares who netted 2 with 7 assists. Brandon Swamp filled in for the injured Roger Vyse who it appears may have a detached retina suffered at his construction job. For the Roughnecks, it was Curt Malawsky who did much of the scoring, scoring 3 goals. It was Mike Thompson in net for the Bandits giving up 8 on 51 shots. He was pulled late in the game to give Ken Montour some action, he saw 3:55.


Onto the Titans game on Sunday. This game will be played in MSG for just the second time for the Titans. Due to the 2 week lockout, the Titans will only get 5 home games. The Titans are looking for revenge after the 17-13 loss they suffered at the HSBC Arena. We should be seeing Ken Montour in net because Kilgour said before this weekend he wanted to get Montour some action in. The late minutes in the Roughnecks game would suggest that as well. He will face Matt Vinc for the Titans who played started against the Bandits during that January 19th game. The Titans did well against the Bandits and they did it through their specialty, on the man-up. The Titans went 6-14 on the power play on the 42 penalty minutes the Bandits had, including 4 major penalties. The Bandits were able to hold their own, scoring 2 shorthanded goals and going 3-8 on the power play as well. The Titans will be led by their leading scorer Casey Powell who has 12 goals and 15 assists which puts him tied for 10th in total league scoring. The Bandits will be led by their two major weapons, John Tavares and Mark Steenhuis. Tavares leads the team with 33 points while Steenhuis leads the team with 15 goals.

Here is the preview of the game from the Buffalo News with a good article on Matt Vinc.

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