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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…

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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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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 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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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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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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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…