The Albany Attack outscored the Buffalo Bandits 4-2 in a crucial fourth quarter to take home an 11-9 victory Saturday night at HSBC Arena, and continue their dominance over the rest of the National Lacrosse League. The win was Albany's fifth straight.
Albany jumped out to an early lead by netting four goals on 14 first quarter shots to claim a two-goal advantage at the conclusion of the opening stanza. During this stretch, Attack goaltender Rob Blasdell fended off several opportunities to keep Buffalo?s scorers at bay.
The Attack continued to outshoot their opponents and stay one step ahead throughout much of the first half, before the Bandits got a run of three straight goals to close the deficit to one at the half.
Buffalo made a run at a comeback when John Tavares, who lead them in scoring with three goals and one assist, took control of the game and recorded their only two goals of the third quarter, while Albany was held to just one.
Unfortunately for the Bandits, however, Dan Teat and the Attack were just too much for them. Albany went on to take their final lead of the game on two goals apiece form Teat and Gary Rosynski in a fourth quarter in which Buffalo out-shot their adversaries 20-10.
Teat finished the game with four goals and three assists to lead Albany, while forward Josh Sanderson added one goal and seven assists.
Blasdell went the entire way for the Attack, allowing only 9 goals on 52 Bandit shots. His counterpart, Steve Dietrich, left the game late in the fourth with an apparent wrist injury after turning aside 45.