Montour back with a vengeance

DARRYL G. SMART, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

After missing two games because of a concussion, Ken Montour came back in a big way.

The goalie from Six Nations played a huge role for the Buffalo Bandits, as they handed the Orlando Titans a 12-10 loss at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

Montour held one of the National Lacrosse League's top teams to just three goals at the end of the first half. In total, Montour made 43 saves on 53 shots to clinch the victory.

"It was a big win for us and the type of win that it was," Bandits coach Darris Kilgour said.

"Kenny was unbelievable in the fourth quarter and in the second half, playing just six defenceman. He made some huge saves for us."

Kilgour said that Montour got one of the game balls for his effort.

Montour passed the praise to his teammates.

"I think I got lucky to be honest with you," Montour said.

"Our defence played well in front of me. They really helped out. We were prepared today and stuck to the game plan. I owe a lot to my defencemen. They made my job easy tonight.

"In every game the goalie is expected to hold the fort, especially when you're under fire," Montour said.

"They had a lot of momentum in the second half. It's my job to help my teammates. They were playing hard and that motivated me to play better."

Montour said his job is to make timely stops, which is something he criticized himself for not doing during some games this season.

"Tonight, I was fortunate to make timely saves and our offence was able to score some timely goals," Montour said. "Timing is everything and I'm glad it was on our side tonight."

The win exacted a bit of revenge for the Bandits. The Titans -- who played in New York last season -- were the team that eliminated the Bandits from last season's playoffs.

Montour said the win was a huge one, not only because of the revenge factor, but because it got the Bandits back on the winning track.

"Johnny (Tavares) and Mark (Steenhuis) are our best players and when they get going look out," Montour said. "Tonight they were going and that's a great sign for us. Hopefully we can keep this momentum now."

The Bandits are now 3-6 and have two huge games this weekend that could get them back in the playoff hunt.

On Friday, the Bandits travel to Toronto to take on Kim Squire and the first-place Rock, who hold a 2 1/2 -game lead in the East. On Saturday, they are in Boston to take on the Blazers, who now have a two-game lead on the Bandits.

"Everybody is ahead of us," Montour said.

"These games against Toronto and Boston are all four-point games for us. That's a big deal."


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