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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…

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A player ending his or her career with a rival team is jarring to the psyche, at least at first. Think Brett Favre on the Minnesota Vikings or Mike Modano with the Detroit Red Wings. For Buffalo Bandits fans, that's how it will feel Saturday night when Billy Dee Smith suits up in Rochester Knighthawks gear to face the team he played 15 seasons with for the first time. …

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Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich was likely smiling while watching his team down the Toronto Rock, 13-9, in the season opener. The product on the floor was exactly what he pitched when discussing the team during training camp. That started with the offense, expected to be more balanced with the high-scoring additions of veterans Callum Crawford and Jordan …

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The Buffalo Bandits earned an impressive win in their season opener, downing the highly-touted Toronto Rock 13-9 in front of an announced crowd of 11,516. Buffalo pulled away in the fourth, outscoring the Rock 6-2. Ten different players found the back of the net for the Bandits. Byrne, baby, Byrne: Buffalo's Josh Byrne, the first-overall pick in this year's NLL Draft, t…

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After hours of close observation in training camp practices and preseason games, Buffalo Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley chose his starting goalie for tonight’s season opener against the Toronto Rock (7:30 p.m., 1520 AM). That doesn’t mean the goalie battle is over. Alex Buque will make his Bandits debut, barely beating out Davide DiRuscio to fill the shoes of the re…

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The Buffalo Bandits announced defenseman Steve Priolo was chosen by his teammates as the team's captain this season. The two assistant captain roles will be alternated between transition player Kevin Brownell, forward Dhane Smith and forward Craig England. Priolo has spent all eight years of his career with the Bandits, developing into one of the most feared defensemen …

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When NLL teams hit the floor Friday, it will feel quite familiar. The same nine teams the league has fielded the last three years will return to action, rock songs of old will blare through the speakers and the hard hits and electrifying goals fans have come to expect will be on full display. Despite the customary actions, the diehards know changes are coming. After a y…

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Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich preached fighting complacency during last year's training camp. The Bandits were coming off a trip to the Champions Cup and brought back nearly the entire roster for another crack at the Saskatchewan Rush. "Maybe I was the most complacent of the group," Dietrich said. A roster previously good enough to win the division t…