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The Buffalo Bandits will look for their third straight win as they travel to Colorado to play the Mammoth. Face-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. at the Pepsi Center in Denver (Radio 1520). Buffalo sits in second place in the NLL North Division at 3-1 overall while Colorado is second in the West at 4-3 overall. The Mammoth have scored 68 goals so far this season, which …

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The Buffalo Bandits return to the KeyBank Center on Saturday night to host longtime rival Toronto at 7 p.m. The Bandits enter the game at 2-1 after a 16-10 win at Georgia last Saturday. Toronto is 3-1 overall and holds second place in the NLL North division after the Rock defeated Rochester, 13-12. It will be the first meeting between the cross-border rivals since…

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Coming off an appearance in the National Lacrosse League finals, the Bandits have the 12th overall pick in Tuesday's NLL Draft in Philadelphia. The Bandits have six picks in the six-round draft with two selections in Round 4 and none in Round 5. The Bandits are scheduled to have selections at No. 29 (second round), No. 45 (third round), Nos. 55 and 60 (fourth round) and…

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The goaltending prowess of the Bandits’ Matt Vinc was a big part of the team’s franchise-record 14 wins last season and its deep playoff run. On Thursday, the Canisius College graduate was rewarded by the league for his skill between the pipes with his seventh NLL Goaltender of the Year award in ten seasons and his second in a row. Vinc led the league last season in …

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The National Lacrosse League and the Buffalo Bandits will have a 2018-19 season, with the league and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association agreeing to the terms of a five-year deal late Friday. The players ratified the deal Saturday night. The league had already canceled the first two week of the regular season, which was scheduled to begin Dec. 1. In a state…

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The National Lacrosse League has canceled the first two weeks of the season because of an ongoing labor dispute. In a statement, the league said games scheduled for the weekends of Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 are off. It is the first time the league has lost games because of a labor issue. The Buffalo Bandits were scheduled to report to training camp Nov. 1, but no practices o…

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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 are likely taking a page out of the National Hockey League's book when it comes to the National Lacrosse League expansion draft. The NLL's current nine franchises released their protected player lists Tuesday for the July 16 expansion draft. Buffalo's included one of the biggest surprises, as none of the team's three goaltenders, Alex Buque, Davide D…

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Could Pegula Sports and Entertainment own both sides of one of the fiercest rivalries in the National Lacrosse League? The Pegulas, who have owned the Buffalo Bandits since 2011, are in line to add a Rochester-based NLL team to their stable of sports franchises according to a report from Inside Lacrosse. The question is whether it will be the Knighthawks or a new organi…

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When NLL teams hit the floor Friday, it will feel quite familiar. The same nine teams the league has fielded the last three years will return to action, rock songs of old will blare through the speakers and the hard hits and electrifying goals fans have come to expect will be on full display. Despite the customary actions, the diehards know changes are coming. After a y…

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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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Defending champion: Georgia Swarm. They defeated the 2016 champions, the Saskatchewan Rush, in two games in the Champions Cup. The Swarm's offense is still stacked, especially with Jesse King returning from a year-long injury. Reigning NLL MVP Lyle Thompson, who scored a league-leading 116 points last season, is still the focal point. There are a handful of changes from la…