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Boston Burned by Buffalo in 12-10 Defeat

March 12, 2011 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Boston Blazers News Release

Boston, MA (March 12, 2011) The Boston Blazers traveled to the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY Saturday evening to challenge the Buffalo Bandits for a second time in less than a week. Despite a tight back and forth battle, the Blazers dropped their second straight game losing 12-10 and remain in third place in the East.

Scoring began early as Blazers Ryan Powell knocked in the first point of the night off assists from Nick Cotter and Kevin Buchanan but the Bandits Tracey Kelusky quickly countered on a power play opportunity to tie it up, 1-1. Blazers Casey Powell recorded two goals in the first along with Jamie Rooney to bring Boston up 4-2 at the end of the quarter.

The Bandits began their comeback as John Tavares led the charge with two straight goals along with an unassisted point by Mark Steenhuis causing the Blazers to pull goaltender Anthony Cosmo for Nick Rose who would remain in goal for the remainder of the game.

Moving into the second half behind by one goal, Boston's Josh Sanderson tied the score up at the 3:16 mark in the third quarter off assists from Powell and Dan Dawson. Rooney would then make a diving power play goal that brought the Blazers back up by one to make it 8-7.

Buffalo's Tavares would not let his team be defeated as he scored the go ahead goal with just two minutes remaining in the fourth followed by an empty netter by Chris Corbeil. Tavares led the Bandits with four goals and two assists while goaltender Mike Thompson recorded 39 saves on 49 shots on goal.

The Blazers were led by Powell who finished the evening with two goals and four assists and Sanderson who had two goals and three assists. In goal, Cosmo had 11 saves on 17 shots in his twenty minutes of play and Rose completed the night with 26 saves on 32 shots on goal.

Boston travels to the West as they take on the Washington Stealth and the Colorado Mammoth on Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th respectively. The Blazers return home to the TD Garden on Saturday, April 2nd when they face the Rochester Knighthawks. Tickets are available at 888-BLAZERS or by visiting blazerslacrosse.com.

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