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Fri, Dec 2
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Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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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
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Bandits Use Dominate First Half to Stifle Swarm

Having played an extremely light early season scheduled, the Buffalo Bandits, despite being defending Eastern Conference champions, entered their Saturday night matchup with the Georgia Swarm as a bit of an unknown for the 2020 season.

Following an impressive 16-10 victory over the Swarm, in which they welcomed two players back from the injured list (Chase Fraser, and Steve Priolo) it’s safe to say they’re a fairly known commodity at this point.

The questions, however, moved over to the home team’s locker room where they have taken up residence. After beginning the year with a pair of easy victories over the league’s newest clubs, the last couple of games for the Swarm against stronger competition have gone very, very differently.

A paltry final quarter two weeks ago against the Colorado Mammoth led to the first Swarm loss of the season and there seemed to be a bit of a hangover against Buffalo on Saturday night.

Buffalo’s attack was relentless throughout the first half, but particularly in the first period where they notched half a dozen goals, as opposed to the Swarm only mustering a pair from Miles Thompson.

The Bandit’s offense was exceptionally balanced, and Swarm goalie Mike Poulin seemed to face an onslaught of shots from all over the floor. J.P. Kealey, getting his first start of the season scored first for the Bandits, and that was followed by Fraser announcing his return to the lineup with a goal of his own to put the Bandits up 2-0 early.

Thompson’s first goal of the game got the Swarm back within a goal, but then the Bandits ran off four unanswered goals, capped off by Dane Smith’s sixth of the year, to build a comfortable 6-1 margin before Thompson added his second of the period late in the first quarter to make it 6-2 after one frame.

The second quarter was more of the same. Fraser added yet another goal as the two teams were each playing a man down. Josh Byrne and Chris Cloutier each matched their first period goal with another goal a piece in the second period, and the lead was pushed to 9-2.

The typically strong transition defense of the Swarm knew it would be tested against Buffalo, and it was safe to say that Ed Comeau’s club was not up to the task on this night. Following an Ian MacKay goal with just under a minute left in the first half, Kevin Brownell took the following faceoff and came to the net unimpeded and rifled a shot past Poulin to give the Bandits an improbable 11-3 advantage at the break.

Following a performance in which the Bandits gave up 15 total goals and goalie Mike Vinc was pulled from the net, the defensive turnaround was a welcomed sight for Buffalo. Though, for anyone who has followed Vinc, bouncing back from poor outings with a dominant one is nothing new for the netminder.

In the second half, the Swarm were much more respectable, actually out-scoring their opponents from the north 7-5. But it was clearly too little too late, as they allowed yet another transition goal early in the half to MacKay that made it 12-3.

The Swarm’s four third quarter goals, including a pair by Randy Staats, only put a small dent in the lead as the Bandits held serve by adding another pair themselves in the quarter to retain a very comfortable 14-7 lead heading into the final quarter.

Cloutier’s highlight reel goal that got him a hat trick stopped a 3-0 Georgia Swarm run, and seemed to squelch any momentum the home team was building up.

Not to be outdone, Fraser added his third goal of the game to join Cloutier with a hat track, and the aforementioned 14-7 lead had the Bandits in cruise control heading to the fourth period.

The Swarm scored three goals in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to pull within 14-10 and make things a little bit interesting. Two of those goals came from Shayne Jackson, giving the Swarm’s leading goal scorer on the year a hat trick and pushing him to a dozen goals on the year, while also taking over the team lead in overall points as well.

But a costly Georgia penalty immediately following the goal set up Buffalo on the powerplay, and the Buffalo special teams were indeed special on this particular evening. Corey Small’s powerplay goal halted yet another Swarm attempt to climb back in the game. The Bandits went on the powerplay four times and scored three goals, just another aspect of a very lackluster defensive performance by the Swarm.

With the score 15-10, Georgia tried to gear up for one more run at Buffalo, and it looked like the Bandits were going to assist them as Matt Spanger was called for a five minute major for slashing.

If the Swarm were to have any chance, they would have to capitalize on the mistake. But, as mentioned, the Buffalo special teams were outstanding in this contest, and not only did they manage to kill off the five minute penalty without allowing Georgia to get any closer, they added to their lead. Byrne managed to nab a shorthanded goal that would create the final margin of 16-10. Byrne’s goal was also his third, giving Buffalo a triad of players to post a hat trick in a dominant performance on the road against a team considered by many to be a title contender.

Vinc and his 44 saves were named the game’s third star, while Georgia’s Randy Staat’s was named the second after posting a hat trick on his own. Cloutier’s performance took center stage, both in visual appeal and on the stat sheet. His six points along with his show stopping goal at the end of the third period to end a Swarm run led to him being tabbed the game’s first star.

Buffalo will host rival the Toronto Rock next Saturday, and the Rock will come into the game with a 3-1 mark of their own against Buffalo’s 2-1 record.

The Swarm fall to 2-2, but relief might be in sight as next week they will travel to play the winless New York Riptide (0-4). Regardless of who they are playing, the defense will need to improve, or the Swarm could be looking at a very surprising sub .500 record nearly a third of the way into the season.

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