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Buffalo Bandits goalie Alex Buque and the entire defensive unit entered Saturday's game against the Calgary Roughnecks with plenty of uncertainty after a pair of disastrous performances the past two weeks. Buffalo was blown out twice on the road, falling 21-11 to the Rochester Knighthawks on Dec. 23 and 20-13 to the Toronto Rock on Dec. 30. Buque was pulled in the fi…

The Buffalo Bandits, coming off two straight blowout losses, got back on track Saturday with a 13-8 victory against the Calgary Roughnecks. Buffalo never trailed in the game, benefitting from outstanding play from goalie Alex Buque. The Buffalo starter, pulled in the first quarter of the previous two games, had a much-needed bounceback performance. He made 44 saves on 5…

Sports

Canada didn’t get its revenge against the Americans, but that doesn’t make the team’s World Junior Championship victory any less sweet. Tyler Steenbergen scored the go-ahead goal with one minute and 40 seconds remaining in the third as the Canadians bested Sweden, 3-1, to win the World Juniors title a year after dramatically falling to the U.S. in the shootout of the 20…

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV, Twitter. Radio: 1520 AM Records: Buffalo 1-2, Calgary 1-2. Last time out: The Bandits defense gave up at least 20 goals for the second game in a row, falling to the Toronto Rock, 20-13, Saturday at the Air Canada Centre. Calgary also lost, but the Roughnecks' issues were on the offensive end. The Colorado Mammoth hel…

Bandits

Just two weeks ago, Buffalo Bandits goalie Zach Higgins wasn't thinking about a return to the National Lacrosse League at all. The six-year NLL veteran, who played only one game last season, was out of a job in the league. He was preparing to play for the Oshawa Outlaws of the Arena Lacrosse League, a pay-to-play Ontario-based developmental box league. It's a decent …

Bills

The Bills received some good news about LeSean McCoy on Thursday. Buffalo's star running back took part in team stretches, returning to the field for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. He did not participate in practice, leaving the playing surface with a trainer at the start of positional drills.…

Colleges

The University at Buffalo just kicked off its Mid-American Conference men's basketball schedule, but the team is already battle tested. "We've pretty much seen it all," Bulls forward Nick Perkins said. That's not an exaggeration. The Bulls faced the seventh strongest non-conference schedule in Division I basketball according to the RPI. They've gone to battle with No…

Colleges

The game was close for a majority of play, but the Bulls used a 22-14 run in the last six minutes to best Toledo, 104-94, in the Mid-American Conference opener Tuesday. Toledo's Jaelan Sanford, who hit three three-point shots in the game, had a chance to cut the lead to three with 30 seconds remaining but missed an attempt from long range. Jeremy Harris hit a pair of fr…

Sports

The 2018 World Junior Championship is down to the final eight teams. With the preliminary round in the rearview mirror, it's win and move on. One team from each preliminary round group was eliminated -- Denmark in Group A and Belarus in Group B. The remaining teams will all play Tuesday in a four-game slate featuring three battles at KeyBank Center and one at HarborCent…

Colleges

The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley: St. Bonaventure men's basketball's star guard duo combined for 60 points in the Bonnies' 98-78 victory over UMass Saturday. Adams scored 32 points and Mobley 28 in the Atlantic 10-opening victory. The Bonnies received seven votes in the late…

Bandits

TORONTO -- The Buffalo Bandits may have a defensive problem. Last week's 21-11 loss to the Rochester Knighthawks could be written off. The K-Hawks are one of the hottest offenses in the league, burying both the Bandits and Calgary Roughnecks in their first two games. But after allowing 20 goals again, this time in a 20-13 loss to the Toronto Rock Saturday, there's so…

Bandits

TORONTO -- The Buffalo Bandits struggled defensively for a second straight game, falling, 20-13, to the Toronto Rock Saturday. Buffalo dropped to 1-2 after losing back-to-back East Division road games to Rochester and Toronto. The Bandits have given up 41 goals during the losing streak. The game appeared to slip from the Bandits hands early, with Toronto getting out …

Bandits

Faceoff: 7 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM Records: Buffalo 1-1, Toronto 0-2. Last time out: The Bandits were blown out by the Rochester Knighthawks last Saturday, falling 21-11 at Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks never trailed, as they got out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter. Toronto last played on Dec. 16, when the Rock were handled by the S…

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Casey Mittelstadt is making plenty of friends in Buffalo, but even his heroics couldn't save Team USA from a 3-2 upset loss to Slovakia in the preliminary round of the World Junior Championship. It appeared Mittelstadt single-handily halted disaster with a highlight reel equalizer after Slovakia took a 2-1 lead in the final five minutes of the third. It turns out, he ju…

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One KeyBank Center worker earned his pay during the Czech Republic vs. Sweden World Junior Championship game Thursday. He faced an onslaught of warmup shots from the Czechs while fixing an issue from inside the goal. The first attempt whizzed right past his head. Even after turning the goal sideways, he was still struck by a puck. https://twitter.com/aj_ranger/status…