Crosbie dampens Rebel\'s playoff hopes

TODD SAELHOF -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

Jason Crosbie scored his fifth goal of the game, pumped his fists in the direction of the Ottawa Rebel bench and raised his arms in a jab at the team that traded him away prior to the NLL season.

It was as if to say, \"Take that, Rebel. You didn\'t want me. I\'ll be the nail in your coffin in your last-gasp stretch for a playoff berth.\"

\"That\'s the deal,\" agreed Crosbie, who was a dispersal draft pick moved shortly thereafter by the Rebel to the Buffalo Bandits. \"(Ottawa) didn\'t want me. And it gives me a little extra motivation.\"

Crosbie, with five goals including the last one to ensure the visitors\' victory with 61 seconds remaining, was arguably the only difference in what was otherwise an 11-9 hard-fought loss by the Rebel to the Bandits in front of an announced crowd of 4,512 fans at the Civic Centre.

INEXPERIENCE

The Rebel argues that it was once again inexperience that played a role in losing its sixth straight game to fall deeper out of the playoff hunt. Ottawa is now 4-9 -- three games back of surging Vancouver (7-6) for the final wild-card berth -- with only three games remaining in the campaign.

\"It\'s the little braincramps,\" said Rebel coach Terry Sanderson, who also watched his club lose a tight 12-9 contest to the Bandits on Friday night in Buffalo. \"Otherwise, I thought we battled them pretty good. It\'s tough when you go toe-to-toe with the tough team in the league, and it goes right down to the wire and you lose.\"

The Rebel desperately needed the win.

But five goals from Crosbie and timely goals by snipers Aime Caines and Mike Accursi -- with three and two respectively -- kept them on the losing skid.

DOWN BY ONE

Mat Giles -- with his third of the night -- and Brad Self -- with his second of the evening -- brought the Rebel to within one with 3:53 remaining.

Earlier, it was Jason Clark with a pair and of Scott Self and Kevin Dostie with one each.

Led by team goal-scoring leader Giles, now with 29 on the season, and goaltender Matt Disher, who was solid again with 48 saves, the young Rebel made like an up-and-coming force.

\"They\'ve just got to keep playing together,\" said John Tavares, considered the best player in the league although the Rebel held him to just five assists on this night. \"Keep doing what they\'re doing, because they\'re doing all the right things. Maybe next year or the year after that, they\'re going to be one of the top teams in the league.\"


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