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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…

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Defending champion: Georgia Swarm. They defeated the 2016 champions, the Saskatchewan Rush, in two games in the Champions Cup. The Swarm's offense is still stacked, especially with Jesse King returning from a year-long injury. Reigning NLL MVP Lyle Thompson, who scored a league-leading 116 points last season, is still the focal point. There are a handful of changes from la…

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For the first time since Ken Montour and Mike Thompson in the late aughts, the Buffalo Bandits have a goalie battle. Last year's starter, Anthony Cosmo, announced his retirement earlier this month after six years manning the pipes for Buffalo. With him transitioning to an assistant coach, the Bandits have brought in three players to training camp to compete for the job:…

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Three Bandits home games and one road game will be available to watch for free through Twitter as part of the National Lacrosse League's Game of the Week series. The Bandits will be highlighted in the first week of the season, as the opener against Toronto on Dec. 8 kicks off the Twitter slate. Also on the schedule is Jan. 6 vs. Calgary, Jan. 19 at Saskatchewan and Apr.…

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After an off-season of revamping, the Buffalo Bandits opened their training camp this weekend looking to move past a last place finish in the National Lacrosse League last season. The regular season is less than a month away, but there are decisions to be made before the Bandits start their 27th season of play. Here are five things you need to know as the Bandits kick o…

The Buffalo Bandits  have signed forward Jordan Durston to a two-year deal. The National Lacrosse League team also announced the signing of transition player Alex Bohl. and defenseman Charles Scanlan to one-year contracts. Durston played the last two seasons with the Vancouver Stealth, setting career highs in goals (25) and points (43) last season. He was fourth on the St…

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The Buffalo Bandits announced today that training camp for the upcoming season will commence on Nov. 11 at KeyBank Center. Camp will include six practices and three scrimmages , with the annual open practice and autograph session scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 25. The Bandits will conduct a closed intrasquad scrimmage on Nov. 12 and follow up the next weekend with scrimmage…