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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Bandits win first game

   Feb. 8, 1992 --  It took the Buffalo Bandits a little while to get the hang of winning. Once they did, they didn't stop for a long, long time.

    The Bandits recorded win number one, after three straight losses, in a 23-13 decision in Pittsburgh. From there the Bandits went on to win 22 straight games and two championships.

   But first things first: here's The News' account of that initial win:

   PITTSBURGH -- The Buffalo Bandits used a pair of five-goal efforts Saturday night to earn their first victory in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League, a 23-13 decision over the Pittsburgh Bulls before 6,844 at Civic Arena.

    Captain Jim Veltman and Derek Keenan each scored five goals for the expansion Bandits, who had dropped their first three games. Veltman, a 6-foot, 190-pounder from Brampton, Ont., scored just one goal in the first three games but found the mark on half of his team-high 10 shots Saturday. He also contributed two assists and scooped a game-high seven loose balls. Veltman leads the Bandits with 46 loose balls recovered this season.

    "Our goal is to win our final five games," said Veltman. "It may sound impossible, but we know we have the confidence to win games because we played some of the league's best teams (New York and Detroit twice) close in our defeats."

    Keenan scored five goals on his nine shots and had three assists; Bob Hamley chipped in with four goals and an assist and Brian Hall passed for five assists to go along with two scores.

--- Budd Bailey

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