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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 L…

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The Buffalo Bandits had been eyeing forward Jordan Durston for a while before they acquired him hours before the National Lacrosse League Draft in September. Buffalo General Manager Steve Dietrich said the Bandits had been inquiring about the young forward for a year before a trade was finally completed. After months of back and forth negotiation, he finally found a ret…

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 2-2, Vancouver 0-4. Last time out: The Bandits bounced back after a pair of blowout losses the previous two weeks, defeating the Calgary Roughnecks 13-8 last Saturday. Jordan Durston scored two goals and three assists and goalie Alex Buque made 44 saves to push the Bandits back to .50…

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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…

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…

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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 …

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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…

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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 …

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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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The Buffalo Bandits signed goalie Zach Higgins to a one-year contract, likely in response to Davide DiRuscio's injury Saturday at the Rochester Knighthawks. Higgins is a five-year veteran of the National Lacrosse League, spending time with the Swarm and Roughnecks. He has a .755 save percentage in 55 career games. Last season he played one game with Calgary, making 34 s…

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Two games into the season, it's safe to wonder whether anyone can stop the Rochester Knighthawks. The Buffalo Bandits certainly couldn't Saturday night at Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks put on an offensive showcase and goalie Matt Vinc turned away 55 shots in Rochester's 21-11 victory against the Bandits. Buffalo, which earned an impressive win against Toronto in …

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The Buffalo Bandits couldn't slow down the Rochester Knighthawks' hot offense or beat stellar goalie Matt Vinc, falling 21-11 to their in-state rival Saturday. The Knighthawks scored the first five goals of the game, chasing goalie Alex Buque early and setting the tone for a busy night of celebration at Blue Cross Arena. Rochester's Dan Dawson led the way with nine p…

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 a.m. Records: Buffalo 1-0, Rochester 1-0. Last time out: Both the Bandits and Knighthawks are coming off impressive wins in their openers, with Rochester's being the most lopsided. The Knighthawks smothered the Calgary Roughnecks Saturday, as 11 players scored in a 17-6 victory. Buffalo, which had last we…