TORONTO -- The Buffalo Bandits struggled defensively for a second straight game, falling, 20-13, to the Toronto Rock Saturday.
Buffalo dropped to 1-2 after losing back-to-back East Division road games to Rochester and Toronto. The Bandits have given up 41 goals during the losing streak.
The game appeared to slip from the Bandits hands early, with Toronto getting out to an 8-3 lead two minutes into the second quarter. The Bandits bounced back, fueled by a five-minute elbowing major to Toronto's Brock Sorensen. Buffalo got as close as 8-7 midway through the second frame, but Toronto ended the half on a three-goal run.
Toronto's Adam Jones scored a hat trick in the second half, while Buffalo was never able to cut the lead under three.
Callum Crawford had his best night as a Bandit, notching a hat trick and two assists. Dhane Smith had two goals and five assists, while Mitch Jones added two goals and four assists.
Chased again: Buffalo goalie Alex Buque was pulled for a second straight game, getting the yank after giving up a seventh goal early in the second quarter. He was replaced by Zach Higgins, who was signed this week to fill in for injured Davide DiRuscio. Higgins made 33 saves on 45 shots in his Bandits debut.
Keep the ball: Two Rock players scored their first career goal, starting with defenseman Drew Belgrave. He beat Buque with a five-hole shot 9:20 into the game. Forward Dan Craig, playing in his first NLL game, scored on a no-look shovel shot from the top right corner of the offensive zone in the final two minutes of the first quarter.
Let's get crazy: Craig England dropped the gloves with Toronto's Bill Hostrawser late in the first quarter, becoming the first Bandit to get in a fight this season. Both players got a few shots in, but England's jersey took the most damage. It ripped in the front all the way down to the logo. He was forced to wear a replacement jersey, switching from his usual No. 88 to No. 28.
England was likely trying to wake up the Bandits, as the fight came right after Toronto scored back-to-back goals in a six-second span.
Lineup notes: Defenseman Zac Reid, promoted from the Bandits' practice roster for last week's game, played his second game with Buffalo. Ryan Wagner sat out the game with an injury.
Rest in Peace: The Rock had a moment of silence before the game to honor Dave Huntley, the former Philadelphia Wings and Team Canada coach who died unexpectedly on Dec. 18.
Up Next: The Bandits return to KeyBank Center Saturday after nearly a month away from home. They'll face the Calgary Roughnecks, making their first appearance in Buffalo since Jan. 6, 2016. Calgary fell to 1-2 Friday with an 11-7 loss to the Colorado Mammoth.