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Steve Priolo might be one of the few people in the region who didn't enjoy his "snow day" on Tuesday. The Buffalo Bandits defenseman was ready to go to the team's usual weekly practice in Six Nations, Ont., that night, only to find out that the session was cancelled because of the snowstorm. "It's the opposite of a snow day for me," Priolo said. "I was looking forwar…

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ROCHESTER – The Buffalo Bandits were this close to reaching the .500 mark for the first time this season – a mere 2.1 seconds. Sadly for them, National Lacrosse League games must be played for 60 minutes, and not 59 minutes and 57.9 seconds. Rochester tied the game on a goal by Josh Currier, and then won it in overtime on one by Dan Dawson. The goals gave the K…

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The Buffalo Bandits missed a chance to make the NLL East playoff chance a little more interesting. The Bandits could have won their fourth straight and closed in a little on the two top teams in the division, Georgia and Toronto. But they couldn't hold a couple of late fourth-quarter leads, and fell, 9-8. Josh Currier tied the game at 14:57.9, and Dan Dawson won it for …

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The Buffalo Bandits are starting to resemble the team that reached the National Lacrosse League finals last year. The Bandits (4-5) turned in a solid performance in winning their third game in a row on Friday night. They defeated the Rochester Knighthawks, 13-9, before 14,475 in the KeyBank Center. “We had some moments where we were really good, and we had some mom…

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The Buffalo Bandits may not be on the top of the National Lacrosse League's mountain, but they are almost back to level ground. The Bandits won their third straight game on Friday night, beating the Rochester Knighthawks, 13-9, in the KeyBank Center. It was Buffalo's third straight win. The team's record improved to 4-5 as the Bandits reached the halfway point of the 20…

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It's funny how a single phone call can have an immediate and large impact on someone's day-to-day life. It happened to Pat Saunders on Monday, when he found out he had been traded from the New England Black Wolves to the Buffalo Bandits. "I was on my way home from work, and I got a call from New England's general manager," the new Bandit said. "I kind of knew that wi…

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1. Pat Saunders will make his debut for Buffalo as the team play a home-and-home series with the Knighthawks. Saunders was acquired from New England this past week, and the team hopes he can add a spark to the offense. 2. Rochester has started slowly this season, going 3-6 and is tied for last with New England in the NLL East. The Knighthawks are missing Cody Jamieson, …

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Suddenly the spirits of the Buffalo Bandits have picked up a few notches. The acquisition of forward Pat Saunders from New England this week and a two-game winning streak will do that. Buffalo goes into this weekend's home-and-home series with Rochester, which starts Friday night at the KeyBank Center (7 p.m., Radio 550 AM), with a little momentum for a change. Saund…

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The Buffalo Bandits took a good-sized step toward improving their offense on Tuesday when they acquired Pat Saunders from the New England Black Wolves. The Bandits gave up a second-round pick in this fall's draft. Saunders confirmed Tuesday morning on Twitter that he was headed to Buffalo. Saunders, 27, had 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in eight games with the B…

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The Buffalo Bandits find themselves in an unfamiliar position by 2017 standards: They are on a winning streak. The Bandits won their second straight game, a 15-12 win over the Toronto Rock, in the KeyBank Center on Saturday. That’s a relatively modest accomplishment eight games into the season, but it’s still a welcome one. A 3-5 record sounds much better than 1-5. …

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The Buffalo Bandits developed a finishing kick just in the nick of time on Saturday. After 57 minutes in which they traded goals with the Toronto Rock, they scored two goals to take the lead for good. Buffalo took a 15-12 win in the KeyBank Center. The win was their second in a row, their first such winning streak of the season. The Bandits are 3-5. Alex Kedoh Hill b…

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The Buffalo Bandits are missing their top scorer this weekend, and it's not certain when he'll be back. Ryan Benesch is still feeling the after-effects of a hit to the head taken last week against the New England Black Wolves. They don't know when he might be ready to play again. "He's had a tough week this week, we know that," Bandits coach Troy Cordingley said befo…

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Ryan Benesch will not play tonight. He is suffering from concussion-related symptoms from a hit taken last week against New England. What's more, Troy Cordingley said that Benesch "hasn't had a good week." This is certainly something to watch as the season goes forward. You don't replace one of the top scorers in the league. Brad Self may get more time at forward. S…

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It's a faceoff that Tim Edwards will remember for the rest of his life. The Buffalo Bandit lined up against ex-teammate Jay Thorimbert last Friday night in the KeyBank Center to take a draw in a game against the New England Black Wolves. "I didn't want to say anything," Edwards said about the moment. "It was all business." The referee blew his whistle, the faceoff…

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The Buffalo Bandits earned a much-needed win on Sunday afternoon, and the winning margin came from a very unlikely source. Defender Mitch de Snoo scored only his second goal of the season - in overtime no less - to give the Bandits a 16-15 win over the New England Black Wolves in Uncasville, Conn. The goal came at 25 seconds of the extra session, tied for the second-fas…