The National Lacrosse League couldn’t ask for a better matchup for its final this year.
The Buffalo Bandits and Saskatchewan Rush both won division titles on Saturday night. After the Bandits finished off the New England Black Wolves in the NLL’s East final, they had to wait about two hours for the result of the West final. There the Rush beat the Calgary Roughnecks, 12-9, to win that series in two straight games.
The Bandits and Rush both had 13-5 records in the regular season, but Buffalo beat Saskatchewan in their only meeting to earn home field advantage for the best-of-three finals.
It all gets underway on Saturday night at the First Niagara Center at 7:30 p.m. for Game One of the series. Then the action shifts to Saskatoon for Game Two, which will be held on June 4 at 9 p.m. Buffalo time. If a third game is needed, it will be played in Buffalo on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The Bandits are looking for their fifth championship and their first title since 2008. Saskatchewan won the NLL title in 2015 while playing in Edmonton, Alberta. The team moved to Saskatoon in the offseason.