Thursday, August 14, 2014
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Wings visit Buffalo for rubber match against Bandits

FILE - Brodie Merrill . (Philadelphia Wings photo)
FILE - Brodie Merrill . (Philadelphia Wings photo)

Coming off a pair of losses last weekend, the Wings travel to Buffalo to play the Bandits Saturday night at 7:30 in the First Niagara Center.

So far this season, the Wings have split their games against the Bandits, winning their season opener in Buffalo, but falling 3 weeks later in their home opener at the Wells Fargo Center.

This is the Wings' final regular-season game against the Bandits (5-2), who are in first place in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division.

Though the back-to-back losses might be frustrating, the Wings (3-5) are optimistic that forward Kevin Crowley is getting on track, with two straight multi-goal games.

“These last couple of games I have started to hit my stride,” Crowley, who has 11 goals and 15 assists overall, said in a team release. “The offense is getting comfortable playing together. The different rotations are developing a solid chemistry with each other.”

 Crowley has scored at least two points in each game.

Among the Wings’ other key contributors is forward Kyle Buchanan, who is fourth in the NLL in points (38) and fifth in assists (30). Forward Jordan Hall is fifth in the league in points (36), and forwardRyan Ward is tied for third in assists (26).

The Wings return home next Saturday at 4 p.m. to play the Minnesota Swarm.

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