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Bandits remain winless after 4-1 loss Carolina's Smyth scores two goals


GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Baltimore Bandits, still looking for an offense and their first win of the AHL season, lost, 4-1, to the Carolina Monarchs last night as Carolina's Brad Smyth scored two goals.

"We're not putting the puck in the net," said Bandits coach Walt Kyle, whose team fell to 0-4-1. A night earlier, Baltimore had tied ,, Carolina, 3-3, thanks to a last-minute goal from Steven King. Last night, the Bandits fell behind 3-0 and averted the shutout with Alex Hicks' late score. On both nights, the Bandits were outshot by large margins.

With offense comes confidence," Kyle said. "That's not happening right now."

Carolina (3-3-1) went up 3-0 on goals from Smyth in each of the first two periods and a power-play goal from Mike Casselman at 13:39 of the third period. And after Hicks' goal, at the 15-minute mark, Carolina came back half a minute later with another score, from Brett Harkins.

Smyth had made it 2-0 Monarchs 3:45 into the second period with his second goal, set up by a Casselman steal in the neutral zone that created a two-on-one break.

For more than 19 minutes of the first period, the teams had put on a defensive display, with Monarchs goalie Kevin Weekes stopping all six shots mustered by the Bandits and Baltimore goalie Mike O'Neil doing the same with Carolina's first 10 shots.

Then, with 48 seconds left in the period and Carolina just finished with its first power play, Smyth streaked toward the goal from the left side, took a perfect centering pass from Alexei Kudashov on the right and beat O'Neil for a 1-0 Monarchs lead.

The Bandits return to Baltimore for a home game Wednesday against Worcester.

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