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Fri, Dec 2
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Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
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Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
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San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
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Albany
11
Buffalo
10
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Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
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Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
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20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
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21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
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Bandits Keep Playoff Hopes Alive, Rally To Stun Rock

With their realistic playoff hopes on the line, the Buffalo Bandits didn’t crumble in the face of adversity.

Trailing 6-1 late in the second quarter, the Bandits (6-9) scored nine straight goals en route to stunning the Toronto Rock (8-8) by a score of 13-8 in front of 12,113 fans at the Air Canada Centre on Friday.

Reigning MVP Dhane Smith (3G, 2A) and Anthony Malcom (3G, 1A) led the way for the Bandits offensively while Anthony Cosmo made 46 saves on 54 shots.

“There was no panic,” Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley told NLL.com. “Nobody was losing control. We were all focus and we knew that we had opportunities…The focus was there shift by shift.”

With the win, the Bandits snapped a three-game losing streak and moved within one-game of the New England Black Wolves (7-8) for the final playoff spot in the East Division. The Black Wolves travel to Colorado to take on the Mammoth on Saturday night. Toronto, which holds a one-game lead on New England for second in the division, missed an opportunity to move closer to a playoff berth. The Rock have now lost three straight games and four of their last six.

In the second half of Friday’s game, the Bandits looked like the team which came within two wins of the Champion’s Cup last season. Buffalo silenced the Air Canada Centre crowd by outscoring Toronto 6-0 in the third quarter, a major part of its nine-goal run. Trailing 6-3 at halftime, Bandits forward Ryan Benesch and Dhane Smith scored early goals in the third frame to cut Toronto’s lead to 6-5. The Bandits then gave the Rock a huge opportunity after Mitch de Snoo and Blaze Riorden both took penalties at 7:18 of the third quarter. But not only did the Bandits kill off the Rock’s full two-minute five-on-three power play, Malcom scored shorthanded to cap off a hat trick to tie the game 6-6.

“That was big,” Cordingley said of Malcom’s goal. “Special teams are huge. Three-on-five with two [Rock defenders] draped on him, I still don’t know how he did it. It was a huge goal. He is just one of those guys who can do that.”

After Riorden made it 7-6 for Buffalo, the Bandits capitalized twice on a five-minute high sticking penalty on Rock defender Brock Sorensen. Buffalo’s league-leading power play got a second goal from Benesch followed by a blast from Mark Steenhuis with 18 seconds left in the third quarter to give Buffalo a 9-6 lead heading to the fourth.

“It was an unfortunate penalty, especially considering the timing,” Rock head coach Matt Sawyer explained. “We had just spent a couple of minutes five-on-three and weren’t able to capitalize. It certainly was deflating on the bench. People make mistakes and that was definitely one but it’s up to your teammates to try and pick you up. We weren’t able to do that tonight.”

The Rock got off to a great start, outscoring the Bandits 4-0 in the first quarter and appeared to be in control heading into halftime. But Buffalo’s nine-goal run was too much to overcome.

“That was tough,” Rock captain Brodie Merrill said of the momentum shift. “It was definitely a big swing. You could sense it.”

The Rock only managed two five-on-five goals in the game. Toronto scored four times in transition along with twice on the power play.

“You are not going to win many games when you are unable to score five-on-five,” Sawyer said. We had an opportunity to jump on them in the first half and put more on the board. We didn’t.”

Toronto goalie Nick Rose finished with 33 saves on 44 shots. Despite the loss, the Rock outshot the Bandits 54-46 and collected 22 more loose balls (70-48). Toronto also dominated the draws, winning 18-of-25.

Buffalo finished the game two-for-four on the power play and also scored once shorthanded. Including two empty-net goals, the Bandits outscored the Rock 10-2 in the second half.

“Every game is a playoff game,” Bandits forward Dhane Smith told NLL.com “We are sticking together as a team. We can’t point fingers…Rosey is a great goalie but we knew [the Rock] were going to fall at some point. We knew we the [goals] were going to drop and that happened.”

Prior to the game, Rock defender Bill Hostrawser was awarded the Les Bartley Award. The award honors the Rock player who best exemplifies the importance of character and commitment to the team. The late Les Bartley was the Rock head coach from 1999-2003.

The Rock play their final two games of the regular season on the road, starting with a date with the Saskatchewan Rush on Saturday, April 22. The Bandits have little time to rest as they head to Georgia to face the division-leading Swarm on Saturday, April 15.

Three Stars Selected by the Media:
Anthony Cosmo (BUF)
Anthony Malcom (BUF)
Dhane Smith (BUF)

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