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Rhys Duch scored the game-winning goal one minute into overtime and Calgary defeated Buffalo, 14-13, to win its third NLL Championship Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Dane Dobbie was a thorn in the Bandits’ side, just as he was in Game 1. He scored four goals and dished out three assists for a team-leading seven points. Shawn Evans led the Ban…

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There’s no room for error for the Bandits as they get set for Game 2 of the NLL Championship, scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern time at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome. Buffalo needs to even the series to force Game 3 back in Buffalo, or else the Roughnecks will claim the Champion’s Cup. A loss will also mean the Bandits are 0-2 in their past two championship appearances.…

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Rich Kilgour could feel there was a change coming after a second consecutive losing season, after missing the playoffs once again, after postseason interviews with management. Kilgour had played his entire 18-year career with the Buffalo Bandits and had been an assistant coach for eight seasons, the last three alongside his close friend and former longtime teammate John…

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The Buffalo Bandits opened this season with two former National Lacrosse League MVPs still learning to play together, two new co-head coaches and one secret weapon. “I think the guys just see me as an added edge over their competition,” Christopher Siuta said this week. “I think the Bandits are the only team in the NLL that has somebody like me on staff.” Siuta, who …

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For Jerome Thompson Sr., the 14-hour drive from upstate New York to Duluth, Ga., will easily be worth it. He and his wife Deloris intend to be there Saturday when the Georgia Swarm host the Buffalo Bandits in a game of sweeping importance in the National Lacrosse League. Both teams have lost only twice all season. The winner will remain in close pursuit of Toronto for t…

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The Buffalo Bandits selected defenseman Matt Gilray and transition player Ian MacKay with their first-round picks in Tuesday's National Lacrosse League Draft. The Bandits chose Gilray at No. 3 and MacKay at No. 4. The selections fill a position of need, especially considering the Bandits used last year's first overall pick on Josh Byrne, a lefty forward. Gilray pl…

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The National Lacrosse League Draft provides an excellent opportunity for the Buffalo Bandits to reload. The Bandits own two of the first five picks in Tuesday's draft, slated for 7 p.m. at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia. That includes the No. 3 pick, acquired from the Vancouver Stealth (which were recently renamed the Vancouver Warriors) in a trade back in 2014, and thei…

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The Buffalo Bandits are turning to a pair of former franchise legends to coach the team in 2018-2019. John Tavares and Rich Kilgour, who served as assistants on Troy Cordingley’s staff, have been elevated to co-head coaches, while Cordingley has been reassigned to assistant general manager with a focus on scouting, the team announced Thursday. Tavares, the franchise’…

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Terry and Kim Pegula are again expanding their sports empire. The Pegulas, who purchased the National Lacrosse League's Buffalo Bandits in 2011, were introduced as the owners of an expansion National Lacrosse League franchise in Rochester on Thursday afternoon in front of Blue Cross Arena. The new franchise, set to launch for the 2019-20 season, will inherit the Rochest…

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The Buffalo Bandits will host the Toronto Rock in the National Lacrosse League's season-opening Face Off Weekend on Dec. 1, marking the second earliest start to the season in the league's 33-year history. The NLL schedule, announced by the league on Thursday afternoon, stays at 18 games for a sixth straight year. The slate is unbalanced, as Buffalo will play Toronto, Ph…

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The Buffalo Bandits added an American star to the roster on Friday, signing forward Dylan Molloy to a one-year contract. Molloy, a fifth-round pick of the Bandits in last year's draft, comes from an outdoor lacrosse background. He was the 2016 recipient of the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top player in college lacrosse, in his junior season with Brown Univers…

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Buffalo Bandits forward Josh Byrne was named to the National Lacrosse League's All-Rookie team on Wednesday, becoming the first player from the team to earn the honor since Dhane Smith in 2013. Byrne finished first in assists (37) and points (63) and second in goals (26) among rookies this season. He was top five among all Bandits in all three categories and set rookie …

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Buffalo Bandits forward Craig England was chosen as the National Lacrosse League's Teammate of the Year award winner, becoming the first player in franchise history to earn the honor. "This award means a lot to me," England said in the NLL TV video announcing the voting result. "I'm very honored to accept it. There's a lot of people that I should be thanking, but I'll s…

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The Buffalo Bandits were one of the bigger players in Monday afternoon's NLL expansion draft, making two trades in addition to losing their mandated two players. The Philadelphia Wings selected a pair of Bandits in the draft, snagging forward Vaughn Harris in the eighth round and goalie Davide DiRuscio in the ninth and final round. Buffalo made an additional move wit…

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Buffalo Bandits forward Josh Byrne will achieve a lifelong dream on Friday. The young phenom will represent his home country of Canada and compete at the highest international level of the outdoor style of lacrosse, the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship, in Netanya, Israel. He – along with his 22 teammates – nearly didn't get the opportunity. Up until three weeks ago, it…