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Express Down Bandits In Ot On Kelusky's Goal

12/01/2001, 3:22pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

Tracey Kelusky took possession of the ball late in the first overtime session, beat his defender to the net, and buried a shot to the right corner past Buffalo Bandits? goaltender Chris Levis to give the Montreal Express an 18-17 decision before 6,118 fans at HSBC Arena.

Kelusky, the NLL?s overall player of the week in week two, had two goals and six assists for eight points.

Kelusky, however, wasn?t the most impressive offensive performer for the Express. Forward Todd Richard had five goals and two assists. He tied Buffalo?s Ryan Powell as the game?s leading goal scorer.

The Bandits unleashed a furious comeback in the third and fourth quarters to turn a six-goal disadvantage into the 17-17 tie at the end of regulation.

Montreal goaltender Curtis Palidwor, however, provided the backbone to a reeling Express squad. Palidwor stopped 46 shots as his club was out-shot 63-52.

Levis, who saw his first action of the season in goal for Buffalo, made 35 saves in relief of starter Steve Dietrich. Dietrich struggled early, allowing six goals on 15 shots.

Rich Kilgour paced the Bandits with one goal and six assists. John Tavares had three goals and three assists for Buffalo.

The Express pick up an important divisional win and improve to 3-0 on the season. Buffalo falls to 1-1.

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