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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
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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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Buffalo Bound: Bandits Swipe Game 1 Vs. Black Wolves, 15-10

The Buffalo Bandits showed why they finished as the East’s best team, taking down the New England Black Wolves to take a 1-0 series lead in the East Division Finals with the 15-10 road win on Monday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Black Wolves controlled the game early in the first quarter, but the Bandits took over and never looked back. The Bandits look to secure their place in the Champion’s Cup Finals as they face the Black Wolves at home for Game 2 on Saturday.

“It was a game of momentum, we were just lucky to finish our opportunities and they didn’t,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “It’s a game of lacrosse. Teams will go on runs and you just want to control the runs and that’s what we did tonight.”

“The message to the team doesn’t really change,” said Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark. “We still had to go in to Buffalo and win a game, so we’re really not in a different position other than that if we won that second game we wouldn’t have to play the mini-game. We still had to go in there and win and we still have to go in there and win. Identify what we did, learn from it, and move on.”

As expected, the game was extremely physical and the penalty box was rarely vacant. The Black Wolves started the game with three consecutive goals, taking a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter. The pack’s defense kept the Bandits from getting good looks on goal, and numerous penalties gave the Black Wolves a man-up advantage for a good portion of the first quarter. However, that all changed with a five-minute major on Black Wolves defender Derek Suddons for high-sticking. From there, the Bandits offense woke up and scored five consecutive goals, finishing the first quarter with a 5-3 lead. 

“We talked about it in the pregame, take a hit, give a hit, get yourself into it,” Cordingley said. “We’ve been off for 16-17 days. I thought they controlled the game for the first 7-8 minutes. They were all over us.”

“Yeah, he had to call it,” Clark stated. “He came up and hit him in the head, he had to call it.”

The second quarter started just like the first quarter, with the Black Wolves finding the back of the net and cutting the Bandits lead to one. The Bandits answered with three consecutive goals to take an 8-4 lead, but a five-minute major on Alex Kedoh Hill for illegal cross-checking gave the Black Wolves a man-up advantage again. The pack could not take advantage of the power-play, and multiple penalties on assistant captain Brett Manney kept the Black Wolves from getting any real momentum. Though the Black Wolves were able to net one more goal, the Bandits held an 8-5 lead at halftime.

“’Cozzy’ [Cosmo] made some good saves and they hit a couple of bars which was unlucky for them,” Cordingley said. “I thought we controlled the rest of the way in the first half.”

“There were a couple of those blips along the way that hurt us,” Clark added. “We had 7 or 8 posts in that first half too. That’s the game sometimes; those drop and it’s a whole different game. We’re not chasing it as much and that happens. We had a little bit of bad luck at times, but the beauty is it’s not a one-and-done. We’re still in the fight.”

The Bandits came out of the locker room determined, scoring three consecutive goals to take a commanding 11-5 lead early in the third quarter. The Black Wolves offense took advantage of a Bandit penalty and found the back of the net on the power-play. Trailing the Bandits 11-6, the Black Wolves defense buckled down and back-up goalkeeper Tye Belanger made some spectacular saves after coming in for starter Evan Kirk. While the Bandits seemed to settle a bit, the Black Wolves fed off the energy from the fans and scored two more quick goals to pull within three goals. The Bandits offense seemed to be on their heels at the end of the third quarter, but Buffalo held an 11-8 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“We needed a change,” Clark noted. “He [Kirk] let a couple in that were uncharacteristic for him, so we needed a little bounce in our step and Tye gave that to us early.”

“We were just a little too far behind at that time,” said Black Wolves assistant captain Kyle Buchanan. “A couple of guys made some big plays; it just wasn’t our night. We’re going to put it behind us and move forward.”

The defenses took over in the fourth quarter, with neither team finding the back of the net until just over six minutes in. The Bandits took a 12-8 lead, but the Black Wolves answered immediately to pull within three goals again. However, the Bandits hit the gas pedal again and quickly scored two consecutive goals to take a 14-9 lead. The tensions came to a head as Shawn Evans sucker-punched Bandits transition Andrew Watt and defender Mitch De Snoo threw Evans to the ground; all three players ended up in the box. Things only progressed from there as the pushing and shoving took over for lacrosse. 

“You’re playing for the championship,” Evans stated. “The team that wins goes to the championship, so both teams are putting everything on the line.”

For the Bandits, defense was key and the goalkeeping was fantastic. Goalkeeper Anthony Cosmo made 45 saves on 55 shots faced. Offensively, Dhane Smith led the way with five goals and two assists, while Ryan Benesch collected three goals and six assists. Alex Kedoh Hill added four goals. 

“Kedoh this morning in shoot-around was picking corners,” Cordingley stated. “You just knew his stick was on. He was shooting confident.”

Defensively, the Black Wolves kept the Bandits at bay for a bit. Starting goalkeeper Evan Kirk made 24 saves on 34 shots faced, while Tye Belanger made 13 saves on 17 shots faced in relief. Kyle Buchanan led the offense with three goals and two assists, while Pat Saunders collected three goals and one assist. 

“I don’t know if there’s an advantage in this league,” Cordingley said. “We’re going to take it. We know we have a long way to go here and this is an extremely talented team and we know we have our work cut out for us.”

“We had some uncharacteristic mistakes that hurt us,” Clark stated. “You learn from it, you move on, and the motto is still the same. We had to go there and win; we still have to go there and win. If you want to be a next level team, you’ve got to earn it.”

“They’re a dangerous team,” Clark added. “They’re the number one team in the league for a reason. We’ve got to find a way to beat them.”

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Dhane Smith
2) Alex Kedoh Hill
3) Ryan Benesch

By Alyssa McLaughlin for NLL.com. Photo by Khoi Ton.

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