On a night of memorable moments at the First Niagara Center it was a forgettable fourth quarter by the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday that sent them to their fourth loss in a row.
The Calgary Roughnecks used a six-goal run in the fourth quarter to rally past the Bandits and beat them 16-13 in front of a stunned crowd of 16,606.
Buffalo started the game looking like they had solved the problems from their dismal road trip in which they lost all three games. They scored three goals in a span of 33 seconds, after scoring the game's first goal tally, to jump out to an early 4-0 lead.
The Bandits dominated 5-on-5 play during the first three quarters but Calgary stayed in the game with three power play goals. The Roughnecks started the final quarter down 12-9 but went a 5:13 run that saw them score six goals to take control of the game.
John Tavares reached another career milestone as he scored his 800th career goal at the 13:49 mark of the third quarter. Shawn Williams recorded his 700th career assist during the first quarter on what was an already important night for he and his family.
It was "Tucker Out Lymphoma Night" at the FNC in honor of Williams's son, Tucker, who is undergoing treatment for Burkett's Lymphoma. Tucker was in attendance and received a standing ovation from the crowd when he was shown on the scoreboard. The Bandits will auction off the special orange jerseys they wore to help the Williamses with their battle.
Ryan Bensch led Buffalo with a six-point night (2G, 4A). Joe Resetarits, Dhane Smith and Jay Thorimbert each scored twice.
Dane Dobbie scored four goals for Calgary, including twice during the fourth qaurter. Shawn Evans led all players with seven points (2G, 5A).
The Bandits fall to 8-6 on the season with their fourth-straight defeat. Despite the losing skid Buffalo managed to clinch a playoff berth with Minnesota's loss to Rochester on Friday night. The Knighthawks swept a home-and-home weekend series with the Swarm and lengthened their lead over the Bandits for first place to two and a half games.
Buffalo travels to Minnesota next weekend to kick off another three-game road trip. They play the Swarm on Saturday at 8 PM.