March 31, 2006
The San Jose Stealth (5-6) had their two-game home winning streak snapped as they lost to the Buffalo Bandits (8-4), 11-9, before 5,143 at HP Pavilion at San Jose.
Buffalo scored the game’s first three goals. Former Stealth forward Dan Teat scored on the power play at 55 seconds. Mark Steenhuis followed with goals at 4:21 and 11:24. The Stealth concluded the first quarter scoring when Ryan Boyle scored his 12th on assists from Jeff Zywicki and Luke Wiles at 12:48.
Stealth goaltender Anthony Cosmo took matters into his own hands within the first two minutes of the second quarter. Cosmo gave Zywicki an outlet pass on a breakaway and Zywicki scored his 24th at 58 seconds. Cosmo picked up his second assist at 1:36 on Jarrett Park’s tally.
San Jose scored three more goals in the quarter as Zywicki got his second on the power play at 12:02. The other two goals came from Kevin Fines at 14:17 and Chad Thompson scored his first Stealth goal on an over-the-shoulder shot 15 seconds later. Thompson’s goal also gave San Jose the lead for the first time at 6-5. Buffalo’s two second quarter goals were scored by Delby Powless at 10:23 and Pat McCready at 13:50.
Buffalo outscored San Jose, 6-3, in the game’s final 30 minutes. Darren Reisig put the Stealth ahead by two, 7-5, at 2:19. However, the Bandits tied it on goals by Jason Crosbie at 7:57 and John Tavares at 8:47. San Jose took the lead for the last time at 8-7 when Cam Sedgwick picked up a power play tally at 12:59.
The Bandits dominated play the rest of the way as they outscored San Jose, 4-1. Buffalo goals were scored by Powless, Tavares, Cory Bomberry and Steenhuis scored the last Bandits goal on a fourth quarter penalty shot at 4:49.
The Stealth had one last chance on a five-minute power play as Bomberry was called for high-sticking at 10:09. Kevin Fines cut the deficit to two when he scored at 11:20. San Jose also had a brief two-man advantage when Steenhuis was cited for an illegal stick at 14:37, but the Stealth couldn’t score.
Zywicki led the Stealth with five points on two goals and three assists. He now has a team-leading 25 goals. Boyle had a goal and three assists and Wiles had three helpers. Cosmo’s two assists now give him three on the season. He also made 35 saves on 46 shots.
Steenhuis paced Buffalo with three goals and an assist. Teat scored a goal and three assists against his former team. Tavares, the National Lacrosse League’s all-time scoring leader, had two goals and an assist. Steve Dietrich had 44 saves on 53 shots.
RADAR BLIPS: Defenseman Jim Moss was a scratch because of an injury he suffered in the March 25 game against Portland. Tonight’s game was the first game Moss had missed all season…San Jose failed to score in double-digits for the first time in four games. Their nine goals was the fewest they’ve scored in a game since they lost at Colorado, 8-7, on Feb. 11…The Stealth was 15-for-24 on faceoffs, led by Reisig’s 12-for-17…San Jose faces the Roughnecks in Calgary Saturday night. They return home to play against the Portland Lumberjax on April 7. Game time is 7:30 p.m.