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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
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
Las Vegas
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Bandits Playoff Hopes Swarmed By Georgia

Bandits fall 20-7, will miss 2017 playoffs

The Buffalo Bandits (6-11) were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday night after a 20-7 loss to the Georgia Swarm (12-4) in front of 16,833 fans at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY.  The Swarm jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they cruised to their twelfth victory of the year. Buffalo set a new franchise record losing their eleventh game of the season.

“That’s probably the worst beating I’ve taken in lacrosse,” said Bandits defenseman Steve Priolo. “And it came on the most important night of the year. That kind of sums up our season of bad luck and lack of effort and lack of passion.”

The Swarm scored the first four goals of the game on shots from Randy Staats, Kiel Matisz, Staats again and Miles Thompson.  Ryan Benesch and Anthony Malcom answered for Buffalo and the first quarter ended with Georgia holding a 4-2 lead.

“We knew a good start was important and we knew Buffalo was going to want to jump on us with how desperate they were,” said Swarm head coach Ed Comeau. “We knew if we could get a lead we could capitalize on them having to take more chances.”

Both Mike Poulin and Anthony Cosmo came out with strong goaltending performances, but Cosmo cracked before Poulin did.

“Poulin was great, but Buffalo’s first few chances hit the post,” said Comeau. “If those hit the other side of the post, they go in the net and we could be talking about a different game.”

Jordan Hall opened the scoring in the second quarter before David Brock answered for Buffalo. A five goal run (Staats, Matisz, Johnny Powless, Miles Thompson, Lyle Thompson) opened up a 10-3 lead for Georgia. Mark Steenhuis notched a goal for Buffalo, but Shayne Jackson answered right back. Benesch found the net again and the Bandits trailed 11-5 at the half.

The Swarm kept pouring it on, scoring all five goals in the third quarter. Lyle Thompson, Jackson, Staats, Jason Noble and Powless kept the Swarm in command going into the fourth with a 16-5 lead.

The lead soon grew to 19-5 on two goals from Miles Thompson and a goal from Matisz. Mark Steenhuis and Mitch Jones gave Buffalo their sixth and seventh goals before Hall gave the Swarm their twentieth.

“That was an embarrassing effort. We were outclassed and outworked right from the get go,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “It’s especially tough when you’re battling for your life and you have no battle. It was a special night in regards to the Williams family and we had a performance like that.”

Buffalo held it’s annual “Tucker Out Lymphoma Night” in honor of the late Tucker Williams, wearing special jerseys and raising money for children’s cancer research and care.

The Bandits were without 2016 NLL MVP Dhane Smith after he stepped on a ball during the morning shootaround and rolled his ankle. It continued a trend of injuries that Buffalo feels like it’s been dealing with all year.

“Dhane was playing hurt already and when he rolled his ankle this morning, our hearts sank,” said Priolo. “Guys stepped up, but when Dhane went down, we could feel it.

“Smith not playing, he’s a big part of their team, but it didn’t change how we played.” noted Comeau. “We focus on the Georgia Swarm.”

“Teams lose good players, but you have to find a way. We didn’t find a way today,” said Cordingley. “Everyone needs to do a little bit more when you lose someone and instead we did less.”

The loss signaled a strange occurrence: the Bandits were eliminated from the playoffs before the last game of the season. Buffalo is rarely out of the playoff picture with regular season games left to play.

“There’s nothing worse. Our season is done and we feel terrible,” said Bandits forward Mark Steenhuis. “It’s definitely demoralizing. The whole offseason, this will be on my mind. To be out of it this early leaves a terrible taste in the mouth.

The Bandits host the Toronto Rock next Saturday, April 29th at 7:30 P.M. EST. The Swarm end the season with a home-and-home with Rochester, visiting the Knighthawks on Friday the 28th at 7:30 P.M. EST and hosting them on Saturday the 29th at 7:05 P.M. EST.

 

Three Stars as Selected by the Media

1 .Lyle Thompson

  1. Randy Staats
  2. Mike Poulin
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