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Coach under the weather, but carries on

The Buffalo Bandits had all sorts of questions Saturday morning about who might participate in their game with the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday night.

The list was topped by their coach, Darris Kilgour.

"He was really sick with a high fever," said brother and assistant coach Rich Kilgour. "He got really dehydrated. They figured that gave him splitting headaches."

Darris Kilgour did make the game and said he was fine after the contest.

"We take pride in that there are no meaningless games for the Buffalo Bandits," Rich Kilgour said. "He preaches it, he lives it.

"If a player goes down with an injury, someone has to step up and fill in. If [Darris] goes down, the rest of us will have to fill in."

Meanwhile, Brandon Francis was out of the lineup Saturday. He received a four-game suspension from the league.

Francis received a one-game suspension for leaving the bench against Boston last week, a one-game suspension for getting three game misconducts in the same season, a one-game suspension for his second instigating penalty of the season -- which also carried a game misconduct. That brings his season total for game misconducts to four, triggering yet another game suspension.

The penalty would carry over into the playoffs, meaning Francis and the players' association can appeal.

"If we put him on the suspension list, we can't appeal," Kilgour said. "We want to appeal, because if he misses four games that would mean he's done for the rest of the year. If we could knock it down to two games, he'd be back for the semis if, knock on wood, we kept winning. We have to let him take up a roster spot [in the meantime]."

"This whole week has been an absolute nightmare. As we always say, you can use them as excuses or as another log on the fire," Kilgour said.

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Jay Thorimbert missed Saturday's game with a shoulder injury. He and Francis have taken almost all the faceoffs this season for Buffalo, so Jon Harasym volunteered for the job. Buffalo won 12 of 28 faceoffs, not bad under the circumstances.

Brett Bucktooth did not play because of a death in his family. The Bandits did get Frank Resetarits back; he's been out for several weeks with an injured thumb. Darris Kilgour said after the game that Resetarits, who missed more than two months, looked rusty. Tom Montour turned his ankle during Saturday's game but should be fine by next week.

e-mail: bbailey@buffnews.com

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