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Rebel Drop 12-9 Decision at Buffalo

March 21, 2003 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Ottawa Rebel News Release

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Coach Terry Sanderson said his Ottawa Rebel displayed the team's best effort of the season, but even that wasn't enough against the powerful Buffalo Bisons Friday night at HSBC Arena.

The Bisons (10-2) led 6-4 at halftime, 9-6 after three quarters and did enough to get past the Rebel 12-9 in the first game of a home-and-home series that resumes Saturday night at the Civic Centre (7 p.m.).

The loss was Ottawa's fourth straight, and fifth in a row on the road, and drops the club to 4-8 on the season with four games remaining. The four consecutive losses is a season high.

Mat Giles and Jason Clark both scored twice each for the Rebel while John Veltman, Kevin Howard, Bruce Codd, Brad Self and Kevin Dostie of Orleans had one goal each.

"We lost, but I think we played one of our best games of the season," said Sanderson who was pleased that his team fired 72 shots at the Buffalo net, oppposed to the 71 that the Bandits took at Ottawa goalie Matt Disher.

"We stood up to their aggressiveness and I think we played a pretty decent game," said Sanderson.

The Rebel drops to 0-3 against Buffalo since the franchise moved from Syracuse, N.Y. to Ottawa for the 2000-2001 season.

Ottawa will attempt to set a franchise record Saturday night (March 21) at the Civic Centre by winning its fifth game this year. No team in the history of the Syracuse Smash / Ottawa Rebel has won more than four games during a season.

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