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Vancouver loss keeps Bandits slumping

The Buffalo Bandits have had their first major flat spot of the 2014 indoor lacrosse season.

The Bandits dropped a 12-8 decision to the Vancouver Stealth late Saturday night in British Columbia. That was the third straight loss for Buffalo, which had been an impressive 8-2 before the team hit this skid.

Eight different players scored for the Bandits in Saturday’s game. John Tavares had the 799th tally of his career.

The Bandits had lost in Edmonton and Minnesota before the Vancouver defeat. In two of the three games, Buffalo had a couple of the same problems: shots against and power-play goals.

The Bandits allowed 57 shots to the Rush on March 21. Edmonton went 6 for 9 on the power play in that game. Then on Saturday, the Stealth had 61 shots, including 21 in the first period. Vancouver was 5 for 11 with the man advantage. No wonder Bandits goalie Anthony Cosmo leads the league in saves with 566.

The Bandits have been short-handed 76 times this season, the most in the NLL. They have allowed 35 power-play goals, also tops in the league.

Buffalo did not lose any ground this weekend, thanks to Edmonton’s rampage through the East. The Rush defeated both Rochester and Toronto to stay unbeaten this season at 13-0. Buffalo is still a game behind 9-4 Rochester in the NLL East.

The Bandits hope that a dose of home cooking can lead to the end of their slump. They host Calgary on Saturday night. The Roughnecks have not played a game in Buffalo since 2003.