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1
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
2
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
9
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
WK
20
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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Dhanegerous! Bandits Outduel Stealth Out West, 14-13

The Buffalo Bandits (2-1) held on for a 14-13 road win over the Vancouver Stealth (1-2) in a back-and-forth instant classic at Langley Events Centre on Saturday night. In the spotlight as the only NLL game in Week 3, Dhane Smith (5+3) and Ryan Benesch (3+4) shined the brightest for the Bandits with eight points and seven points respectively. John Tavares made his presence felt in his return to the lineup with four assists, and Joe Resetarits chipped in with three goals. Anthony Cosmo picked up his second win of the season with 27 saves on 40 shots.

“We answered at the right time,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “It’s a tough game to come and play against a team that was real hungry especially after their last game. It was a big focus tonight to get our offense off the floor during their transition game. We did a real good job at that.”

Vancouver’s Rhys Duch equaled Smith on the score sheet, recording eight points with two goals and six assists. Johnny Powless had six assists, Tyler Digby and Lewis Ratcliff each picked up three goals and an assist, and Tyler Richards stopped 41 of 55 shots in the loss.

“We competed hard,” said Stealth head coach Dan Perreault. “It was just mistakes. We took a couple delay of games penalties in a tight game. We did have some great efforts. ‘T-Rich’ made some fantastic saves and we had some great individual efforts. But when you make mistakes early, it’s hard to get that goal back.”

With just 17 goals over the team’s first two contests, Buffalo picked up the pace in Vancouver and nearly doubled their season scoring total. Smith and Benesch both rose to the occasion and elevated the play of those around them, and players such as Tavares and Jerome Thompson excelled off the ball in setting up opportunities for their teammates.

After Benesch and Cliff Smith gave each side a score to open the game, Buffalo rattled off three goals over a 1:15 stretch with Mitch Wilde, Joe Resetarits, and Smith all contributing. Vancouver retaliated quickly, as Duch cashed in on the power-play with Wilde in the box before Tyler Digby brought the Stealth within one. Benesch and Steve Priolo helped set up Smith for his second goal of the night as Buffalo ended the first quarter with a quick 5-3 lead.

Lewis Ratcliff opened the scoring in the second quarter for Vancouver, but Smith did not have to wait long to earn a hat trick. With Alex Kedoh Hill streaking on a shorthanded breakaway for Buffalo, Vancouver was called for a too-many-men penalty as the defense attempted to counter the Bandits opportunity. Smith capitalized on the penalty shot awarded to Buffalo, patiently walking in before beating Richards on the stick side.

Vancouver hung in through the second quarter and brought the game back to a 6-6 tie with a power-play tally from Joel McCready and a goal from Justin Salt. While Buffalo struggled on their first two power plays of the game, Smith cashed in on the team’s third chance, finishing the first half with four goals. Resetarits and Benesch added their second goals of the game to send Buffalo into halftime leading 9-6.

Ratcliff found the hot hand early in the second half for Vancouver, picking up two consecutive goals to keep the Stealth in the game. Buffalo regained their three-goal lead as a pair of players picked up their first NLL goals. Brandon Goodwin, playing near his hometown of New Westminster, B.C., scored an unassisted tally before Jerome Thompson buried a transition opportunity for the Bandits.

The second half see-saw battle continued with Buffalo and Vancouver taking turns on two-goal runs. Digby and Conrad Chapman, with his first career NLL goal, brought Vancouver within one in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Smith and Benesch retaliated quickly for Buffalo to reestablish the three-goal lead, but McCready and Duch wasted little time bringing the Stealth back within one.

With four minutes to play, Benesch was knocked down by two Stealth defenders and got caught up in a chase for the loose ball. Resetarits joined the action and collected the loose ball, firing a short-side shot past Richards to complete his hat trick with the eventual game-winner.

Vancouver took over for the final three minutes and made Buffalo work on defense until the final buzzer. After Thompson was assessed a minor penalty, Digby picked up his third goal of the game to give the Stealth a chance to tie the game in the final minutes.

With the closing seconds ticking down, Powless had the final shot on net for the Stealth. The former Rochester Knighthawk found a crease in the defense and tried to beat Cosmo over the goaltender’s right shoulder. The Buffalo netminder stood tall, making the save before Buffalo collected the loose ball to seal the victory.

“They came up and set the pick, I faked low but I just have to score on my chances next time,” Powless said.

“The guys didn’t quit,” Perreault said. “They kept working right until the final buzzer. We had a great look at the end but didn’t score.”

Three Stars of the Game as selected by the media:

1) Dhane Smith
2) Ryan Benesch
3) Joel McCready

Buffalo travels back north of the border for the Toronto Rock (2-0) home opener at Air Canada Centre in Week 4 on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET while Vancouver heads to Pepsi Center in Denver for a meeting with the Colorado Mammoth (2-0) on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. ET.

Story courtesy of Joe Ray for Bandits.com. Kevin Berar from Stealth.com contributed to this report. Photo by Garrett James.

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