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Bandits looking for bounce-back effort

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Buffalo Bandits will try to start a new winning streak today.

They certainly didn’t like the way the last one ended.

The Bandits will play the Minnesota Swarm (2 p.m.,, Radio 1520 AM) today.

The team was handled rather easily on Friday night in the first stop of its weekend road trip. Buffalo had won three games in a row before losing to the Rush, 14-5, in Edmonton.

The Rush improved their record to 11-0 on the season, and certainly looked like the best team in the league.

“They’re the best team we’ve played this year, and they were head and shoulders better than us tonight,” Buffalo coach Troy Cordingley told

“We’re just lucky that it was a regular-season game and not a playoff game. We were not good, and they made us play like that. We play with a lot of emotion and tonight we were emotionless.”

The loss pushed the Bandits a half-game behind the Rochester Knighthawks in the National Lacrosse League East as they fell to 8-3 on the season.

Buffalo has little time to dwell on the loss. The team traveled to Minnesota on Saturday for today’s afternoon game.

The reward for a Bandits’ win would be a good-sized one. Buffalo would wrap up a playoff spot with a victory. In addition, a Minnesota loss in the game also would clinch a playoff berth for Rochester.

The contest will mark the return of Ryan Benesch to Minnesota. The forward was acquired by the Bandits from the Swarm in the offseason.

The two teams met on March 8 in Buffalo. The Bandits trailed most of the way, but a Dhane Smith goal broke a tie and Buffalo went on to a 12-9 victory.