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Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
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Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
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Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
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Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Bandits Late Momentum Carries Team Over FireWolves

Relief.

That’s what Buffalo Bandits’ fans felt when Steve Priolo hit the back of the empty net with 59 seconds left to play. It put the Bandits up 10-5, bringing to a close a tense one-and-done quarterfinal against the Albany FireWolves that was tied 2-2 at halftime. The league’s number one seed now moves on to face the Toronto Rock in the East Conference Finals.

“It was a great lacrosse game,” enthused Bandits’ head coach John Tavares. “The offense played well in the first half, we just didn’t put the ball in the net. Dougie Jamieson had a great game; both goalies had great games. Both teams had great chances to score in the first half, they just didn’t get it past the goalies.”

Indeed, Matt Vinc and Doug Jamieson were both incredible, with Vinc making 45 saves and Jamieson with 49.

But only Vinc was credited with making the save of the game, a moment both Tavares and defenseman Ian MacKay called the turning point. After Priolo was called for closing his hand on the ball in the crease, Vinc stoned Ryan Benesch on a penalty shot with a right shoulder save 5:34 into the fourth quarter. They were only leading 7-4 at that point.

“They put that in and it’s a much closer game and the crowd probably dies down a little bit,” MacKay said. “But Vinc made that save and the crowd went absolutely crazy and we were able to ride that momentum and close it out. He’s by far the best goalie in the world and he just continues to prove it each game.”

Albany did score the next goal of the game, closing the gap to 7-5, but by then there were less than five minutes remaining. Colton Watkinson took advantage of a two-on-one transition break. But as Vinc shut the door after that, Connor Fields scored an overhand bomb with 2:30 to go. The FireWolves pulled Jamieson for the extra attacker but Vinc stopped all their shot attempts, with the Bandits’ defense pouncing on the rebounds. That led to two consecutive empty net goals, with Frank Brown tallying the first and Priolo the second, wiring the ball past Benesch, who had jumped in to cover the net.

Priolo wears the C for a reason, MacKay said.

“He’s a vocal leader when he needs to be but he likes to lead by example. When he plays like he did tonight, it’s all confidence and momentum and when a guy like that is playing out of his mind it’s really easy to follow. Everyone tries to match his mentality and his play style.”

Tavares counted on Priolo to stop Joe Resetarits, and he was up to the task. Resetarits, the league’s third highest scorer, was held to a single goal.

“I thought Priolo did a wonderful job on Joe Resetarits. Joey’s been awesome all year long, but we put Stevie on him and he did a good job,” Tavares praised. “He stood out and it’s hard to stand out as a defenseman and that’s why he got the heavyweight belt tonight.”

Buffalo and Albany were tied 1-1 after the first quarter. Reilly O’Connor opened the scoring more than nine minutes into the game. Dhane Smith tied it with a bounce shot.

Resetarits’ only goal came at the 3:42 mark of the second. Albany had chances after that, including a power play opportunity when Chase Fraser caught John LaFontaine with a stick up high. Boos rained down from the 12,535 fans in attendance at Keybank Center. Vinc then made a big save on a Resetarits-O’Connor two-on-one.

MacKay tied the game at two with two minutes left in the second. Matt Spanger chopped the ball away from Andrew Kew (Kew’s stick went flying, too), scooped it up and passed it to MacKay who scored a fast-break goal.

“That was just a great pass by Spanger that hit me up there,” MacKay said. “I’ve played with [Jamieson] in the summer, and he likes to try and play mind games with you a bit. Maybe he thinks us D guys don’t have the touch like some of the O guys. I knew he was baiting me and I wanted to put it short side… it was definitely a momentum boost for the team, being such a low scoring game.

“Obviously it’s defense first but we emphasized getting some transition tonight because we pride ourselves on our transition… that helped push us over the edge.”

The pace picked up slightly in the second half, kicked off by Smith’s goal 14 seconds in. Smith bullied his way past his man to get to the goal. Josh Byrne scored an overhand blast just over a minute later. It was the first two-goal run of the game. Albany responded with Jacob Ruest sneaking a sidearm shot through traffic.

Byrne’s second tally was the goal of the game. With his back to the goal and a defender draped all over him, he faked a backwards shot to the left, then quickly moved to shoot from the right – still facing away from the net.

O’Connor got that back for Albany with a quick stick, but Connor Fields put Buffalo up 6-4 at the end of the third with a crease dive goal.

“Getting that two-goal lead definitely gave us some momentum,” said Tavares. “That helped us settle down and take control of the game. We relied on our defense and Vinc to stop them and they did a great job five-on-five,” and he noted that Albany scored just one power play goal and one transition goal.

Buffalo outscored Albany 4-1 in the fourth quarter.

Although it was 1 vs 4 heading into the quarterfinal, the Bandits knew they couldn’t underestimate the FireWolves.

“Credit to Albany and their defense and Jamieson. He’s a world class goalie and can help them win games and stay in games and that’s what he did tonight,” said MacKay. “He gave them a really good chance. We just wanted to trust the process and stay with it.”

The fans were out in force, wearing their orange and black, holding up homemade signs and cheering their heads off. They’ll be even rowdier next Sunday, May 15th when the Rock visit for game one of the East Conference Finals.

“The crowd has gotten better and better each game,” acknowledged MacKay. “This is by far the best arena to play in and the best fans to play in front of. When you can get them into the game it’s an advantage for us. They definitely helped us out and as goals started to go in it got louder and louder.”

Game two will be in Hamilton. It’s a best-of-three series, and Tavares said to expect a battle.

“Toronto is a great team. It’s going to be a great series and we’re going to focus on that first game and try to win here in Buffalo and try to maintain home floor advantage.”

Game time is 6pm ET at Keybank Center. If you can’t make it to the game, you can tune in on ESPN+ and TSN.

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