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The Buffalo Bandits will watch the National Lacrosse League playoffs from home for a second straight season. Buffalo, facing a must-win situation in the regular season finale, fell 15-13 to the rival Rochester Knighthawks in front of a sellout crowd of 19,070 in KeyBank Center. "We let each other down, basically," Bandits Head Coach Troy Cordingley said. "We got caug…

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The Buffalo Bandits' playoff aspirations come down to the final week of the regular season. The Toronto Rock, facing elimination with a loss, spoiled Buffalo's playoff-clinching opportunity and the team's fifth annual Tucker Out Lymphoma Night Saturday. A pair of Toronto forwards notched five-point performances as the Rock bested Buffalo, 16-11, in front of a season-hig…

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Forward Mitch Jones was barely a National Lacrosse League player when the Buffalo Bandits acquired him in a draft-day trade in 2013. He was a sophomore in college during his rookie season with the Washington Stealth, spending most of the year playing hockey at Northern Michigan University. He joined his NLL squad for the final three games of the year once his collegiate…

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The Buffalo Bandits four-game win streak ended with a thud Saturday night. Rochester Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc shut out the Bandits for the first 20 minutes of the game, propelling Rochester to a 17-10 victory at KeyBank Center. As Vinc shined on the back end, Rochester got out to a 7-0 lead in the first 18:50 seconds. Buffalo didn't cut the lead under six goals the …

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 2-2, Vancouver 0-4. Last time out: The Bandits bounced back after a pair of blowout losses the previous two weeks, defeating the Calgary Roughnecks 13-8 last Saturday. Jordan Durston scored two goals and three assists and goalie Alex Buque made 44 saves to push the Bandits back to .50…

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TORONTO -- The Buffalo Bandits may have a defensive problem. Last week's 21-11 loss to the Rochester Knighthawks could be written off. The K-Hawks are one of the hottest offenses in the league, burying both the Bandits and Calgary Roughnecks in their first two games. But after allowing 20 goals again, this time in a 20-13 loss to the Toronto Rock Saturday, there's so…

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Faceoff: 7 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM Records: Buffalo 1-1, Toronto 0-2. Last time out: The Bandits were blown out by the Rochester Knighthawks last Saturday, falling 21-11 at Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks never trailed, as they got out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter. Toronto last played on Dec. 16, when the Rock were handled by the S…

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Two games into the season, it's safe to wonder whether anyone can stop the Rochester Knighthawks. The Buffalo Bandits certainly couldn't Saturday night at Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks put on an offensive showcase and goalie Matt Vinc turned away 55 shots in Rochester's 21-11 victory against the Bandits. Buffalo, which earned an impressive win against Toronto in …

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Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich preached fighting complacency during last year's training camp. The Bandits were coming off a trip to the Champions Cup and brought back nearly the entire roster for another crack at the Saskatchewan Rush. "Maybe I was the most complacent of the group," Dietrich said. A roster previously good enough to win the division t…

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Two players from last year's roster are returning to the Bandits, as Buffalo signed forward Mitch Jones and transition player Tim Edwards to one-year deals. Jones is expected to have a large role in the offensive unit after an enormous summer in the Western Lacrosse Association. He finished fourth in the league in scoring with 62 points in 17 games and led the league in…