Dan Teat scored 2:10 into overtime to give the Albany Attack a hard-fought 15-14 win over the Buffalo Bandits Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Arena.
The Attack trailed 14-13 with under five minutes left in regulation. Nick Trudeau forced the extra time with an unassisted equalizer at 11:51 of the final stanza.
The Attack led 5-3 after a period, but couldn't pull away from the stubborn Bandits, who battled back to a 7-7 halftime tie with unanswered second-quarter goals by Rich Kilgour (5:34), Pat Maddalena (8:31), Randy Mearns (10:03) and Mike Accursi (13:01).
Albany's Jamie Grimoldby snapped the deadlock 1:39 into the third quarter, only to see John Tavares and Kilgour score to snatch the lead back for Buffalo by the 5:18 mark. The Attack surged ahead by three with Gary Rosyski's even-strength goal at 5:58, two power play tallies by Grimoldby and Trudeau's third goal of the game, but gave up goals to Maddalena and Pat McCready before the buzzer.
Mike Regan pushed Albany ahead by two (13-11) at 6:22 of the final quarter of regulation, but the Bandits moved ahead again with three goals in 2:49, by Jonas Derks (7:46), Chris Langdale (8:11) and Maddalena (10:35).
Josh Sanderson finished with seven points -- one goal and six assists -- for Albany, while Regan scored twice and dished off for four tallies. Maddalena's hat trick paced the Bandits. Kilgour had two goals and two assists, and goalie Steve Dietrich created four Buffalo goals, as did McCready.
Winning goalie Rob Blasdell made 40 saves, to 46 for Dietrich.