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Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich drastically reconfigured Buffalo's roster in the offseason, swapping out nearly half the 2017 team for fresh blood. His final adjustment, trading for Calgary's Vaughn Harris the day before the season opener, is proving to be one of his best. Harris, who joined the team with only two games of National Lacrosse League experie…

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Faceoff: 9 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 8-7, Calgary 6-9. Last time out: The Bandits enjoyed their final off week of the season last weekend. Buffalo was last in action on March 31, when the team defeated the New England Black Wolves for the second time in eight days. The rookies shined, as Josh Byrne scored four goals and two…

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Every game against a divisional foe is reminiscent of a playoff game for the Buffalo Bandits with how close the East Division standings are. Buffalo entered the weekend as one of four teams tied atop the division at 7-7. Saturday's foe, the New England Black Wolves, sat a half game behind the pack at 6-7. "That one was a must-win for us," Bandits forward Josh Byrne said…

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Josh Byrne scored four goals and two assists as the Buffalo Bandits defeated the New England Black Wolves, 14-11, on Saturday night in front of 13,709 fans in KeyBank Center. With the win, Buffalo separated itself from the four East Division teams tied atop the division at 7-7. Buffalo's Shawn Evans had a goal and six assists, while Dhane Smith had a goal and five he…

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Forward Mitch Jones was barely a National Lacrosse League player when the Buffalo Bandits acquired him in a draft-day trade in 2013. He was a sophomore in college during his rookie season with the Washington Stealth, spending most of the year playing hockey at Northern Michigan University. He joined his NLL squad for the final three games of the year once his collegiate…

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 7-7, New England 6-7. Last time out: The Bandits put up their best offensive output of the season last Friday against New England, as they went on a 12-goal run in a 20-7 road victory. The Bandits' top producers had gaudy stat lines. Dhane Smith had two goals and six assists, Mitch Jo…

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The Buffalo Bandits snapped their four-game losing streak Friday, using a 12-goal run in the second half to down the New England Black Wolves, 20-7, at Mohegan Sun Arena. Buffalo (7-7) moved into a tie for first place in the East Division with New England (6-6) and the Toronto Rock (6-6). Dhane Smith led the Bandits with two goals and seven assists. Vaughn Harris sco…

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mohegan Sun Arena. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 6-7, New England 6-5. Last time out: The Bandits lost a pair of games last weekend to push their losing streak to four games. The week started with a 16-10 home loss to the Saskatchewan Rush on Friday. Two days later, Georgia's Lyle Thompson scored five goals on Buffa…

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There were no late-game heroics for the Buffalo Bandits like their previous game against the Saskatchewan Rush this season, when the team mounted a seven-goal comeback. The Rush showcased their offensive chemistry and got a strong performance from goalie Evan Kirk in a 16-10 victory against Buffalo at KeyBank Center on Friday night. The Bandits never led, while Saskatch…

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Faceoff: Friday vs. Saskatchewan at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at Georgia at 4:05 p.m. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 6-5, Saskatchewan 10-2, Georgia 5-7. Last time out: The Bandits' offense struggled against the Colorado Mammoth's backup goalie, Steve Fryer, in a low-scoring affair in the Pepsi Center on March 3. Buffalo ended the game on a three-goal…

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Shawn Evans knows he isn't joining the Bandits as the most popular man in Buffalo. His reputation as one of the most irritating agitators in the National Lacrosse League goes back years, and Buffalo fans have seen it up close. He's spent most of his career with two Bandits rivals, the Rochester Knighthawks and New England Black Wolves, consistently getting under players…

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The Buffalo Bandits made one of the biggest splashes in franchise history Wednesday, acquiring forward Shawn Evans and a 2019 fourth-round pick from the New England Black Wolves in exchange for forward Callum Crawford and a 2019 second-round pick. Evans has won the National Lacrosse League Most Valuable Player award twice, in 2013 with the Calgary Roughnecks and 2015 wi…

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The Buffalo Bandits four-game win streak ended with a thud Saturday night. Rochester Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc shut out the Bandits for the first 20 minutes of the game, propelling Rochester to a 17-10 victory at KeyBank Center. As Vinc shined on the back end, Rochester got out to a 7-0 lead in the first 18:50 seconds. Buffalo didn't cut the lead under six goals the …

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The Buffalo Bandits game started at 7:30 p.m. Saturday but the Bandits arrived far later than that. The Rochester Knighthawks scored the first seven goals of the game, holding Buffalo off the board for the first 20 minutes, in a 17-10 victory at KeyBank Center. The result snapped Buffalo's four-game win streak and pushed the Bandits to 6-4 on the season. Rochester im…

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Buffalo Bandits forward Josh Byrne looks like the can't-miss lefty prospect he was billed as at the halfway point of the season. The first-overall pick in last year's National Lacrosse League draft leads rookies in all three main offensive statistical categories heading into Saturday's home game against the Rochester Knighthawks (7:30 p.m., 1520 AM). The rest of the …