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Bandits sign goaltender Matt Vinc to three-year extension

The Bandits have signed goaltender Matt Vinc to a three-year contract pending league approval, the team announced Tuesday.

Vinc's previous contract signed before last season was set to expire after the 2020-21 season.

“Following this past season, Matt indicated he felt he could play longer, so it was a no-brainer to extend his contract one more year,” Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich said in a statement. “Most importantly, Matt was willing to restructure his contract in a way that we hope will help keep our team intact, as well as sign any potential free agents in the future. For a player who has only played in Buffalo for one season, that shows a very strong commitment to his teammates, the fans and the organization.”

In his first season in Buffalo, Vinc, 37, was named the National Lacrosse League's Goaltender of the Year for the seventh time in his 10-year career and for the second consecutive year. He led the league last season in goals-against average (10.02) and was second in save percentage (.803). The Bandits won 14 games and reached the NLL finals.

His 705 saves were second in Bandits history behind Anthony Cosmo, who had 752 in 2014. Vinc’s tally is also the fifth-most saves in a season in NLL history. On Jan, 5 against Rochester, he broke Cosmo’s all-time league saves record of 7,222. He finished the season with 7,823.

Vinc leads all NLL goalies in career wins (112), saves (7,823) and minutes played (11,996). He holds a career 10.79 goals-against average and .784 save percentage.

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