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The Buffalo Bandits were eliminated from the playoffs for a second straight season after a disappointing 15-13 loss to the Rochester Knighthawks last weekend. That means the offseason has begun, and while it likely won't be as busy as last year, there are some looming questions yet to be answered regarding the direction of the franchise. 1. Will Steve Dietrich and Troy …

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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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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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Buffalo Bandits forward Josh Byrne looks like the can't-miss lefty prospect he was billed as at the halfway point of the season. The first-overall pick in last year's National Lacrosse League draft leads rookies in all three main offensive statistical categories heading into Saturday's home game against the Rochester Knighthawks (7:30 p.m., 1520 AM). The rest of the …

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Buffalo Bandits goalie Alex Buque and the entire defensive unit entered Saturday's game against the Calgary Roughnecks with plenty of uncertainty after a pair of disastrous performances the past two weeks. Buffalo was blown out twice on the road, falling 21-11 to the Rochester Knighthawks on Dec. 23 and 20-13 to the Toronto Rock on Dec. 30. Buque was pulled in the fi…

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Just two weeks ago, Buffalo Bandits goalie Zach Higgins wasn't thinking about a return to the National Lacrosse League at all. The six-year NLL veteran, who played only one game last season, was out of a job in the league. He was preparing to play for the Oshawa Outlaws of the Arena Lacrosse League, a pay-to-play Ontario-based developmental box league. It's a decent …

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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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Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich was likely smiling while watching his team down the Toronto Rock, 13-9, in the season opener. The product on the floor was exactly what he pitched when discussing the team during training camp. That started with the offense, expected to be more balanced with the high-scoring additions of veterans Callum Crawford and Jordan …

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After hours of close observation in training camp practices and preseason games, Buffalo Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley chose his starting goalie for tonight’s season opener against the Toronto Rock (7:30 p.m., 1520 AM). That doesn’t mean the goalie battle is over. Alex Buque will make his Bandits debut, barely beating out Davide DiRuscio to fill the shoes of the re…

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After an off-season of revamping, the Buffalo Bandits opened their training camp this weekend looking to move past a last place finish in the National Lacrosse League last season. The regular season is less than a month away, but there are decisions to be made before the Bandits start their 27th season of play. Here are five things you need to know as the Bandits kick o…