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The Buffalo Bandits will watch the National Lacrosse League playoffs from home for a second straight season. Buffalo, facing a must-win situation in the regular season finale, fell 15-13 to the rival Rochester Knighthawks in front of a sellout crowd of 19,070 in KeyBank Center. "We let each other down, basically," Bandits Head Coach Troy Cordingley said. "We got caug…

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The Buffalo Bandits faltered at home in a must-win situation Saturday night. Rochester got goals from nine players as the Bandits fell to the Knighthawks, 15-13, and were eliminated from postseason contention. Dhane Smith scored with 1:06 remaining to get Buffalo within one, but the team wasn't able to beat Rochester's Matt Vinc on the ensuing possession. Kyle Jackson i…

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The National Lacrosse League's East Division is wide open entering the final weekend of the regular season. None of the five teams have clinched or been eliminated from postseason contention, so the NLL needed 413 words in its press release to explain all the possible scenarios. For the Bandits to return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus, they first need to take…

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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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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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Two games into the season, it's safe to wonder whether anyone can stop the Rochester Knighthawks. The Buffalo Bandits certainly couldn't Saturday night at Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks put on an offensive showcase and goalie Matt Vinc turned away 55 shots in Rochester's 21-11 victory against the Bandits. Buffalo, which earned an impressive win against Toronto in …

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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. …