PHILADELPHIA, PA – March 8, 2019 – The Philadelphia Wings led the league’s best team for more than half the game in total, but Buffalo’s defense clamped down after the third quarter and the Bandits were able to claw back for a 12-11 overtime win at the Wells Fargo Center. Kevin Crowley had a six-point night (2G, 4A) and 12 shots to lead the club and Trevor Baptiste went 21 of 27 on faceoffs, but Chase Fraser scored four goals, including the overtime winner, to push Buffalo to the win.
The Wings opened the scoring just 1:44 into the game on a goal by Kiel Matisz, and after the Bandits got the next two, Philadelphia reeled off the next five goals to open up a 6-2 lead that they didn’t relinquish until the game’s final minutes. Buffalo cut that lead in half before halftime, and then after Jordan Hall restored a three-goal advantage 41 seconds into the third quarter, Buffalo picked up four of the next six goals to close within a goal at 9-8 just under six minutes into the third.
In the latter part of the third, the Wings rebuilt the three-goal lead once again. Josh Currier made it 10-8 with just under three minutes left in the quarter, and then with just over two seconds to play, Crowley made it 11-8 headed into the final stanza.
But the Wings weren’t able to get anything else past goaltender Matt Vinc the rest of the evening. Buffalo scraped together three in the fourth quarter, tying it on a goal by Corey Small with 1:07 to play. After each team had several opportunities in the overtime, Fraser finally solved Doug Buchan 5:18 into the extra session.
Buchan absorbed the loss with 54 saves on 66 Buffalo shots, while Vinc stopped 48 of 58 Wings shots to take the win.
Frank Brown joined Crowley with a two-goal game, while the other seven tallies came from seven different players. Jordan Hall contributed three assists for a four-point night. In addition to his dominance on faceoffs, Baptiste gobbled up 14 loose balls to lead both teams.
The Wings will head west next weekend to visit the San Diego Seals on Saturday, March 16 in a 10:00 Eastern time start. Their next action at the Wells Fargo Center comes on Saturday, March 23 against New England.