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Bandits live blog from Rochester

   7:27 p.m. -- Hello from the Blue Cross Arena. The Bandits are ready to go in their important game with the Rochester Knighthawks.

   There's already been one minor switch here.The Knighthawks and the league had been telling people that the game was slated to start at 7:47 p.m. -- no reason given for that. Upon arrival, it turns out the fans will see a game start at 7:35 p.m. Strange days indeed.

   Sean Greenhalgh and Kyle Clancy are the main scratches for Buffalo. Greenhalgh only has three goals this season, ranking as a major disappointment.

   Supposedly, Lou Gramm of Foreigner is here to sing the National Anthem. I've never heard him live before, so it will feel like the first time. (Sorry) We supposedly are close to selling out for this one; the Knighthawks marketed like crazy in Buffalo this week.

   7:41 p.m. -- Not a good idea to let Mark Steenhuis start the game with a breakaway. 1-0, Buffalo.

   7:43 p.m. -- Pat O'Toole of Rochester made his first save to become the league's all-time leader in the department. He missed the first two shots, as Tom Montour also scored.

   7:52 p.m. -- Mike Thompson has looked good so far in goal, making a few good saves. It's helped Buffalo lead, 3-1, with seven minutes left in the first quarter.

   7:54 p.m. -- Brett Bucktooth finished a perfect 3-on-2 break that could be on a highlight video, and Accursi followed with a perfect shot in the five hole. It's a stunning 5-1 with 5:38 left. O'Toole has been pulled in favor of Aaron Bold. Who are these guys, and where were they in January?

   7:58 p.m. -- I just checked the Rochester all-time game-by-game record. The Knighthawks have only played back-to-back overtime games once in their history, and they lost both games. That makes John Tavares' accomplishment of overtime goals in consecutive games even more impressive.

   8:01 p.m. -- John Grant needed only 11 seconds to score on a 5-on-3 power play. It's 5-2, Buffalo.

   8:06 p.m. -- And that's the way it stays after one quarter of play. If the Bandits win this game, they would go by Rochester and into one of the four playoff spots in the NLL East.

   8:14 p.m. -- Mike Accursi is making a living shooting from what in hockey is called the slot. He struck again moments ago to give Buffalo a 6-3 lead with 11 minutes left in the half.

   8:19 p.m. -- The Bandits seem to have their transition game in order tonight. Bucktooth scored on yet another breakaway, as the lead goes to 8-4 with half the period gone.

   8:27 pm. -- The pace has slowed down a bit in terms of offense. Lots of 30-second violations.

   8:32 p.m. -- Buffalo scores from close range twice to go up 10-4 with less than a minute left in the half.

   8:45 p.m. -- The 10 goals in the first half is a season high for scoring by the Bandits.

   8:54 p.m. -- Steenhuis picks up where the Bandits left off with a power-play goal in the first minute of the seconde half. Bold out, O'Toole in.

   8:58 p.m. -- The Knighthawks get a couple of goals back to cut the lead to 11-6. Shawn Williams has the hat trick for Rochester.

   9:06 p.m. -- The Bandits have a five-minute power play, but haven't done much with it in the first two minutes. Their shooting accuracy has gone down a notch. By the way, West Virginia is up 12 with only a few minutes left. I didn't see that coming either.

   9:14 p.m. -- It took a while, but Mike Accursi's power-play goal was ruled legal. We're at 12-7 with four minutes left in the third quarter.

   9:22 p.m. -- The Bandits have a 13-7 lead after three quarters. Rochester is trying to avoid losing three straight home games for only the second time in team history.

   9:34 p.m. -- The Bandits killed off a five-on-three power play. They got a standing ovation from the many fans wearing orange.

   9:45 p.m. -- Bandits take a 14-7 win, with an outstanding overall performance.

   10:55 p.m. -- As you'd expect, it was a happy Bandits' locker room -- particularly the way everyone played well and contributed to the win.

   "We talked about that in the locker room," Bandits coach Darris Kilgour said. "We needed everyone to step up. A lot guys on the team took it upon themselves to do that. There are a lot of people around the league that think we are a two-man team, but we're not a two-man team."

   Especially tonight. Good night from Rochester.

--- Budd Bailey

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