The Vancouver Stealth, 24-7 losers last week, appeared to be in for another long night after the Buffalo Bandits went up 3-0 after one quarter. The Stealth stormed back, and Joel McCready beat Alex Buque in overtime to clinch an 11-10 Vancouver victory.
Vancouver's Corey Small, who had a natural hat trick in the second, finished with four goals and four assists, while Logan Schuss had three goals and five assists.
Bandits forward Mitch Jones scored with 21 seconds remaining in regulation to force extra time.
Quick starters: For the second straight game, the Bandits scored on their first shot of the game. This time it was Dhane Smith, who buried a shot from up top 43 seconds in.
All in the family: Buffalo's Vaughn Harris may not be a familiar name, but long-time Bandits fans will remember his brother. Harris, who made his Bandits debut Saturday after being promoted from the practice roster, is the younger brother of seven-year Bandit Roger Vyse.
Vyse played 77 games with the Bandits, ranking seventh in franchise history in goals with 102 and tenth in points with 219.
"I watched my brother play here when I was younger, and just seeing him develop in these games, it really inspired me to be in this position right now," Harris said.
Harris scored the first two goals of his NLL career back-to-back in the third quarter. The 25-year-old forward, acquired by the Bandits the day of the season opener, filled Chase Fraser's spot on the roster. Fraser was placed on injured reserve after suffering a lower-body injury last week.
Change in net: Vancouver, which had pulled its starting goalie in the first four games, made a roster move in net. The Stealth activated Eric Penney from the practice roster, giving him his first action of the season. He played well, making 52 saves on 62 shots.
Getting a look: Zac Reid has gotten plenty of run for a player who started the season on the Bandits' practice roster. He's been the beneficiary of a few injuries at the back door, starting with Reid Acton and most recently Ryan Wagner. Saturday was the fourth game in a Bandits uniform for the St. Catharines, Ont. native.
"I grew up going to these games as a kid, so it was pretty cool to run out of the tunnel last week," Reid said. "I came here and kind of had to prove myself. Coaches gave me an idea of what I needed to do to play, and I think I've been able to do that so far."
The Bandits are Reid's third team in four years. He started with the Rochester Knighthawks, who picked him in the fifth round of the 2013 National Lacrosse League Draft. He spent the previous two seasons with the New England Black Wolves but was a late cut by the team this year. He signed with Buffalo three days later.
"I've turned into a bit of a suitcase," Reid joked. "I'm happy to be here. It's a nice close ride for me and I can have family come down. It's truly a dream come true."
Facing the music: Callum Crawford was handed a one-game suspension by the NLL in response to his high hit on Calgary Roughnecks forward Tyler Pace last Saturday. He's appealing the suspension, so he was allowed to play against the Stealth. He notched a goal and three assists.
"My intent was definitely not to hurt him," Crawford said after the Calgary game. "I didn't think I hit him illegally. I definitely had some steam. I get the rule. He was defenseless or whatnot. I felt terrible. I told him afterward it wasn't intentional and I hope he's alright."
Welcome to the Hall: The Bandits recognized the 12 inductees in Western New York Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2018 before the game. Among those in the class, enshrined at the Adam's Mark Hotel Saturday afternoon, is the late former Buffalo News Bandits reporter Tom Borrelli and Bandits legend John Tavares.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame was St. Bonaventure men's head coach and former Bandit Randy Mearns, former Canisius women's lacrosse coach Scott Teeter, officials Tom Sutton and Michelle Barczak, Amherst girls lacrosse coach Janet Battaglia, former Orchard Park boys' varsity coach Gene Tundo, Clarence girls' varsity coach Doug Kohler, girls' lacrosse coach and former member of the all-Iroquois women's team Sandy Jemison, former college All-American Paula Fronckowiak and former high school coach Ed Van Tine.
Up Next: The Bandits embark on their first long road trip of the season to play the Saskatchewan Rush next Friday. The back-to-back Western Division champions have again solidified themselves among the best in the league, winning their first three games.