The Buffalo Bandits couldn't slow down the Rochester Knighthawks' hot offense or beat stellar goalie Matt Vinc, falling 21-11 to their in-state rival Saturday.
The Knighthawks scored the first five goals of the game, chasing goalie Alex Buque early and setting the tone for a busy night of celebration at Blue Cross Arena.
Rochester's Dan Dawson led the way with nine points, notching three goals and six assists. Former Bandit Joe Resetarits had three goals and five assists, while Kyle Jackson had four goals and an assist.
Mitch Jones had three goals and two assists for the Bandits. Chase Fraser scored twice, while Dhane Smith had a goal and three assists. Pat Saunders, Nick Weiss, Josh Byrne, Steve Priolo and Jordan Durston rounded out the scoring for Buffalo with one each.
Goalie swap: Buque, who was stellar in the Bandits' opener, didn't show the same sharpness against Rochester. He gave up four goals from a decent distance to start the game, causing Cordingley to pull him in favor of backup Davide DiRuscio. Less than a minute later, DiRuscio suffered an injury while allowing a goal to Jackson.
Buque re-entered the game and played the rest of the way, while DiRuscio never returned to the Bandits' bench. If DiRuscio has a serious injury, Buffalo has Gowah Abrams on the practice roster.
Quick starters: The Knighthawks were particularly sharp at the beginning of the first and second quarters, scoring the first five goals of the game and outscoring Buffalo 4-1 to start the second frame. Buffalo flipped the script in the third, scoring three of the first four, but were still outscored 4-3 in the quarter.
Bright spot: Jones was the lone bright spot for the Bandits in the first quarter, as the team as a whole sputtered out of the gate. He scored the team's first two goals of the game, beating Vinc with a five-hole bounce shot and a laser to the top left corner.
Role change: Mark Steenhuis, who was moved to a transition role in the opener, saw more time on offense against the Knighthawks. He had two shots but failed to record a point.
Billy Dee returns: Rochester's Billy Dee Smith, the 15-year Bandit, started for the Knighthawks in his first game against his former team.
Bandits debut: Defenseman Zac Reid was promoted from the practice roster, taking the place of Reid Acton.
Back in action: Forward Craig England returned to the field after leaving the Bandits' opener with an injury.
Up next: Buffalo has another short road trip next week, as the Bandits travel to Toronto Saturday to face the Rock. The Bandits defeated Toronto 13-9 in both teams' opener on Dec. 8.