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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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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 6-3, Rochester 4-6. Last time out: The Bandits' first back-to-back of the season was wildly successful, as Buffalo defeated New England on the road on Friday, 18-13, and Georgia at home on Saturday, 18-9. The pair of victories, which extended Buffalo's winning streak to four games, th…

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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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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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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 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 …