Mike Accursi scored four goals and three assists to lead Buffalo to an East Semifinal win over Philadelphia. The Bandits will host Minnesota or New York in the East Finals next Saturday at HSBC Arena.
The Buffalo Bandits defeated the Philadelphia Wings by a score of 14-12 in an East Division Semifinal Playoff Game on Friday night at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.
The Bandits, the top overall seed in the 2008 Playoffs, will host the East Division Final on Saturday, May 10th at 7:30PM ET. Buffalo will host the winner of Saturday's East Division Semifinal game between Minnesota and New York. The loss ends the season of the Philadelphia Wings, who made their first return to the playoffs since the 2002 season.
The Wings got off to a quick start taking a 4-2 lead after the first quarter. The Bandits stormed back in the second, scoring five straight goals at one point. Buffalo held an 8-6 lead going into halftime. A four goal run in the third quarter gave the Wings momentum and a 10-9 lead, but the fourth quarter belonged to the Bandits as they outscored the Wings 5-1 and went on to a 14-12 win.
Leading the Bandits in scoring were Mike Accursi with seven points (4G, 3A), Kevin Dostie with five points (3G, 2A), Delby Powless and John Tavares each with three points (2G, 1A), Billy Dee Smith with two goals, and Cory Bomberry with two points (1G, 1A . Goaltender Mike Thompson made 46 saves.
Leading the Wings in scoring were Athan Iannucci with five points (4G, 1A) followed by Jamie Rooney with four points (3G, 1A), Merrick Thomson with four points (1G, 3A), Jake Bergey with three goals, and Rob Van Beek with one goal. Goaltender Rob Blasdell had 19 saves in the first half while Brandon Miller made 16 in the second.
"This was really the first time for this team going through this," said Head Coach Dave Huntley. "We were playing in Buffalo's building in front of a tough crowd. We stayed in it through the whole game and I was proud of our effort."