Wings Edged at Buffalo; Other Saturday Night NLL Results

The Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) were handed their first loss of the season, 14-13, to the Buffalo Bandits at the First Niagara Bank Center.

For the second time in as many weeks the Wings found themselves going head-to-head with longtime rival Bandits, this time the end result favored Buffalo. In a game that saw multiple lead changes, the Wings had an opportunity in the final seconds to tie the game but failed to convert on what would have been Kevin Ross' fifth goal of the game.

Ross led the way for the Wings with four goals and two assists, while Jordan Hall and Drew Westervelt each had three goals and three assists for six points on the night. Kevin Crowley, who failed to score a goal for the first time this season, found other ways to contribute with four assists.

Brandon Miller, whose solid play in the Wings first two games earned him league Defensive Player of the Week honors had 38 saves on 52 shots for a 73% save rate.

Former Wings Mike Hominuck and David Brock led the Bandits with three goals and two goals respectively. The Bandits improve to 3-1, with their lone loss coming at the hands of the Wings earlier this month.

The Wings return to Wells Fargo Center on a quick turnaround to play the Calgary Roughnecks tomorrow, Sunday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. The game will feature a salute to American Heroes and a jersey auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project immediately following the game.

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Rochester, NY The Toronto Rock (4-1) picked up their third road win of the season by defeating the Rochester Knighthawks (0-3) by a score of 11-7 on Saturday night at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. The Rock now sit in top spot in the NLL's Eastern Divison.

The Knighthawks jumped out of the gate in a hurry scoring twice including one on the powerplay. Once the Rock offence got rolling, they couldn't be stopped in the opening 15 minutes producing five goals from five different goal scorers to lead 5-2.

Toronto's five-goal run was broken up by a Rochester three-goal run that tied the score 5-5. Two of those three goals came shorthanded. Toronto and Rochester traded goals back and forth and were again deadlocked 6-6 going into the break at the half.

Both Nick Rose in the Toronto net and Matt Vinc at the other end for Rochester silenced the offensive production for the better part of the third. Kasey Beirnes connected for the only goal of the quarter giving Toronto a 7-6 lead after three quarters on play.

The Rock increased their lead to 8-6 early on when Garrett Billings connected for a powerplay goal. Rochester answered to draw back to within one but Josh Sanderson scored a pair of goals just 25 seconds apart to put the Rock up 10-7. Cam Woods sunk an uncontested shot into the Rochester empty net to round out the scoring.

Billings again carried the load offensively for Toronto with 2 goals and 4 assists for a 6-point evening. Beirnes and Sanderson each finished with 2 goals and 2 assists. Nick Rose made 41 saves to win his fourth game of the season.

The Rock will play the second of three consecutive road games next Saturday night when the team travels to Buffalo to face the Bandits for the first time this season. Toronto will travel to Minnesota on Friday, February 8th prior to returning home on Friday, February 15th to face the Calgary Roughnecks at Air Canada Centre

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Minnesota Swarm (1-2) got their first win of the 2013 season Saturday night against the Washington Stealth on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center during Native American Heritage Night.

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