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What looked like a dream regular season for the Buffalo Bandits several weeks ago has ended as a nightmare. The Bandits lost their eighth in a row on Saturday night, extending a franchise record for consecutive losses. The latest loss was a 16-14 decision to the Rochester Knighthawks before 19,070 in the First Niagara Center. “It’s mind-boggling,” Ryan Benesch said. “When …

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Joel Matthews felt a little pressure when he made his National Lacrosse League debut last week for the Buffalo Bandits.Matthews was placed on the roster just before the game with the Rochester Knighthawks, who are merely the defending NLL champions. The game was played in Rochester. Just to raise the stakes, the Bandits had lost their previous six games in a row.“It felt w…

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The numbers tell the story for the Buffalo Bandits’ offense.When the Bandits were 8-2 back in mid-March, the team was averaging 11.9 goals per game and allowing 10.1 goals. But since then, Buffalo has scored only 8.1 goals per game while allowing 11.9 goals. That’s led to the most discouraging number of them all – seven straight losses, a franchise record.“I think you don’…

ROCHESTER — The Buffalo Bandits didn’t play a bad game against the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday night. In fact, they did quite a bit right except when it came to scoring goals. That makes it easy to guess how this game turned out. The Bandits dropped their seventh straight game, losing to the Knighthawks, 8-4. That set a franchise record for consecutive losses, breaki…

TORONTO — Last year, the Buffalo Bandits lost six straight games down the stretch to spoil what looked like was going to be a very promising season.Sound familiar?The Bandits of 2014 lost their sixth straight game – tying a franchise record for longest losing streak – when they dropped a 13-9 decision to Toronto on Friday night. The loss came before 11,276 in the Air Canad…

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TORONTO — For the past several years, Buffalo Bandits superstar John Tavares hasn’t given retirement much thought – except when it’s been brought up by others. The original Bandit has said he’d keep playing as long as he enjoyed it and was contributing to the team.Now, the subject is on his mind. The disclosure came after he sat out last week’s game in Minnesota.“I was a h…

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Sat, Apr 12, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The playoff picture in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division has gained some clarity, thanks to yet another loss by the Buffalo Bandits.The Bandits dropped their fifth straight game, a 10-9 decision to the Minnesota Swarm. Buffalo, which had been 8-2 less than a month ago, fell to 8-7. The defeat, combined with Rochester’s win over Vancouver, means…

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Sometimes Dhane Smith plays with the defensive squad of the Buffalo Bandits, bringing his athletic ability to that unit.Sometimes the second-year pro finds himself up front with the offensive players, particularly when it’s time for a power play.In fact, Smith is liable to play just about anywhere except goal during the course of a game. The only given for tonight’s game a…

The Buffalo Bandits didn’t get any help late Saturday night in their attempt to clinch second place in the National League East and guarantee themselves a home playoff game.The Toronto Rock defeated the Vancouver Stealth, 17-9, in British Columbia. That improved the Rock’s record to 6-9, while the Bandits are 8-6. Toronto can clinch a playoff spot next week with a win over…

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On a night when the Buffalo Bandits had a variety of good reasons for wanting to win an indoor lacrosse game, it was the Calgary Roughnecks that came up with the victory.The Roughnecks defeated the Bandits, 16-13, before 16,606 in the First Niagara Center on Saturday. The season’s largest crowd was hoping to see Buffalo end a three-game losing streak, celebrate a milestone…

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Saturday’s Buffalo Bandits game was in part designed to honor Tucker Williams, the 8-year-old son of forward Shawn Williams. It certainly did that. The night supplied financial and moral support for the family in a number of ways.The evening even had a surprise guest: Tucker himself. “It was exciting, obviously,” Shawn Williams said. “He actually wasn’t supposed to be here…

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The Buffalo Bandits’ Shawn Williams is used to seeing fans wearing team memorabilia at home games.He’s not used to seeing fans wearing “Braver than Brave” shirts to show support for his son Tucker’s battle with lymphoma.“Just talking about it gives me goose bumps,” Williams said. “It’s a very surreal feeling.”Imagine, then, how Williams will feel tonight when he and the re…

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and Lawrence Brooks / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS and

By Lizz Schumer / Special To The News

and Mac McGuire / Special To The News and

By Michael Beebe / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

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By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

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By Timothy Ellis / SPECIAL TO THE News

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Special to The News

Sun, Mar 30, 2014

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…

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and Lawrence Brooks / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS and

By Lizz Schumer / Special To The News

and Mac McGuire / Special To The News and

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By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

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By Timothy Ellis / SPECIAL TO THE News

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Sun, Mar 30, 2014

LANGLEY, B.C. — The Buffalo Bandits come home next week, and not a moment too soon.The Bandits lost their third straight road game on Saturday night, a 12-8 defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Stealth. The game was played at the Langley Events Centre.When the Bandits started this stretch of contests away from home, they were 8-2 and leading the National Lacrosse League Ea…

Rich Kilgour, as usual, will be behind the Buffalo Bandits bench tonight as an assistant coach when they play the Vancouver Stealth tonight in Langley, British Columbia (10 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).You could have gotten some long odds about that happening last summer. Kilgour has taken a long road since then that turned out to be a circle – he’s exactly where he started.Kilgou…