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Ex Bandits Burn Old Club

01/05/2002, 4:39pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

Last May, in an effort to improve their defensive play, the Buffalo Bandits traded away three of their most promising young forwards to the Rochester Knighthawks.

Tonight it came back to haunt them.

Shawn Williams, Derek Malawsky, and D'Arcy Sweet contributed on 19 of the Knighthawks' goals as they handed the Bandits a lopsided 22-11 defeat before 8,934 fans at HSBC Arena.

The trio of forwards combined to score 21 points in the game with Malawsky leading the way and earning game MVP honors with 2 goals and 11 assists. Williams had 4 goals and 2 assists, while Sweet posted 2 points (1 goal and 1 assist).

The Knighthawks, who are now 11-4 all-time against Buffalo and own a 6-2 record in Buffalo, dominated the Bandits throughout the game. Rochester had a six-goal run in the first quarter, a five-goal run in the second, and scored six of the game's seven third quarter goals.

Four goaltenders saw action in the game but each team had different reasons for removing their starter.

Pat O'Toole, a major reason why the Knighthawks have the league's second best defense, started for Rochester but left the floor with a trainer mid-way through the third with his club comfortably ahead 17-6. He faced 30 Buffalo shots and stopped 24.

O'Toole would return to the Rochester bench later in the game to watch backup net-minder Patrick Campbell turn away 11 of 16 Bandits' shots.

On the other end of the floor Bandits' goaltender Steve Dietrich, one of the players aquired from Rochester in the May trade, was scored on from anywhere and everywhere by his former team. Dietrich allowed 12 goals on 27 shots before being pulled with just over a minute to play in the second quarter.

Dietrich was replaced by Chris Levis who fared no better and allowed three goals on six shots before he himself was pulled as Buffalo turned to Dietrich again.

Dietrich went the rest of the way for the Bandits and finished with 36 saves.

The Bandits, who were given an unscheduled bye last weekend when their home game against the Philadelphia Wings was cancelled due to heavy snowfall, were led by Chris Driscoll and John Tavares, who each recorded two goals and two assists.

Buffalo also wore their new black uniforms for the first time at home.

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