The Buffalo Bandits game started at 7:30 p.m. Saturday but the Bandits arrived far later than that.
The Rochester Knighthawks scored the first seven goals of the game, holding Buffalo off the board for the first 20 minutes, in a 17-10 victory at KeyBank Center.
The result snapped Buffalo's four-game win streak and pushed the Bandits to 6-4 on the season. Rochester improved to 5-6.
Rochester forward and Hamburg graduate Joe Resetarits notched three goals and 11 assists, tying the franchise's record for most assists in a game. Buffalo was led by Jordan Durston with three goals.
Welcome home: The Bandits honored former Buffalo defenseman Billy Dee Smith with a video tribute in the first quarter. Smith, who played 15 seasons with the Bandits, played in KeyBank Center for the first time since leaving the franchise in the offseason.
Early exit: Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley and transition player Thomas Hoggarth both were sent to the locker room early. Hoggarth received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for an illegal body check with 58 seconds left in the third quarter. Cordingley, who was very vocal with the refs from the bench, was ejected with four seconds left in the third.
Overall, Buffalo had five penalties in the final minute of the frame. Rochester was awarded a penalty shot when Buffalo had three men in the box, but Zach Higgins stopped Austin Shanks.
Standing pat: The Knighthawks opted to sit forward Dan Dawson voluntarily for a second straight game, sticking with the lineup that worked for them during the previous two-game win streak. He was unable to make Rochester's game two weeks ago and has been a healthy scratch in the two games since.
Positional change: Liam Patten was the healthy scratch for Buffalo, forcing Vaughn Harris to move from offense to defense. Bandits defensive coach Rich Kilgour had confidence in the second-year player since Harris played out the back door for him this summer with the Six Nations Chiefs of Major Series Lacrosse.
Injury updates: Transition player Mark Steenhuis and backup goalie Davide DiRuscio participated in Saturday's shootaround, but both are still three to four weeks away from returning. Steenhuis just started lifting weights again, while DiRuscio just started taking shots.
Defenseman Reid Acton is also three to four weeks way. Dallas Bridle, a third-round pick of the Bandits in the last National Lacrosse League Draft, is entering the final month of his rehab from a torn ACL.
Look to the past: A number of former Bandits were in attendance for the team's alumni night, including Drew Candy, Dean Cecconi, Paul Day, Neil Doddridge, Bob Fisher, Jason Henhawk, Robert Henry, Darris Kilgour, Travis Kilgour, Glen Lay, Randy Mearns, Tom Montour, Jamie Rooney, John Rosa, Kurtis Wagar, Bill Warder and Findley Wilson.
The new boss: Day, who played one season with the Bandits in 1992, can get more out of a trip to Buffalo than just the enjoyment of watching the game. He was named head coach and general manager of the newly relaunched Philadelphia Wings on Jan. 19, making any trip to an NLL arena a great opportunity to scout for the upcoming expansion draft.
Up Next: Buffalo catches the Colorado Mammoth on the second game of a back-to-back next Saturday. The Mammoth will play a game in Georgia on Friday before heading back to Denver for a date with the Bandits the next night.