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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
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
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
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
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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Guaranteed Action: Rock Face Bandits For Home Opener

The Buffalo Bandits (2-1) head north of the border again, this time to visit the Toronto Rock (2-0) for the team’s home opener at Air Canada Centre on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The East Division rivals are very familiar with one another after squaring off four times last season, including once in the playoffs. Watch live on NLLlive.com (U.S.) and TSN.ca (Canada) on “guaranteed win” night at the ACC.

“We’re excited about playing at home for the first time this year, it’s going to be a very emotional evening for our team and our players,” said Rock head coach John Lovell.

After waiting four long weeks to feel home turf, the Rock will honor the late Terry Sanderson, a 15-year league legend who served in the Rock’s management for two stints, the most recent of which starting in 2010. Sanderson tragically passed away in November due to complications after a heart attack.

“It was a difficult game in our first game in Rochester – for our team and Josh [Sanderson] – and I think we rallied around that pretty well,” said Lovell of Sanderson’s passing. “We haven’t put that behind us by any stretch, we’re going to go through that again with Friday night. We all miss him.”

Friday night’s game will also mark the first time Toronto and Buffalo have faced each other since the Bandits’ 15-13 win in the East Division Semifinal in last year’s playoffs. The win for Buffalo halted a franchise-worst eight-game losing streak, putting a little extra salt in the Rock’s wound. Toronto’s postseason exit put an end to a late-season surge that included the rise of starting goaltender Brandon Miller and new leader Rob Hellyer, two players that have proven key in the Rock’s early 2015 success.

“It’s certainly a clean slate,” said Lovell about the rematch. “This is a new season, what happened last year was disappointing to our team, but this a clean slate. It’s an important game, it’s against Buffalo, a team in our division. It’s a home game and it’s really important for us to play well in front of our fans.”

“They’re a younger team and a faster team…I know they added some more guys that can run. I think we got to focus on getting back and cutting off their transition,” said Rock forward Brett Hickey, a welcomed addition to the team’s ’15 squad.

Hickey, with eight points (4+4) to his credit, has been part of a balanced and potent Rock attack. He’s standing with forwards Stephan Leblanc, Kasey Beirnes, Hellyer and Josh Sanderson as players with eight or more points thus far. Toronto offense, which had some question marks at season’s start, is averaging 16.5 goals per game. While Buffalo is coming off a 14-goal winning effort against the Vancouver Stealth, the Rock look to stay sharp heading into a big back-to-back weekend.

“We had a good practice last Tuesday, it was pretty intense workout to keep us sharp,” Hickey said.

After scoring just 17 goals through two games this season, Buffalo posted an impressive 14-13 victory over the Vancouver Stealth in the NLL’s only game in Week 3. The left and right sides of the offensive floor enjoyed solid production as Ryan Benesch (3+4) and Dhane Smith (5+3) both seemed virtually unstoppable.

“Our offense was gelling last week,” said Bandits forward and Buffalo area native Joe Resetarits. “We’ve got a lot of guys on our team that are deadly around the net.”

Resetarits contributed a hat trick of his own to Buffalo’s win last Friday.

Buffalo realizes that winning Week 4’s game will not be an easy task.

“Toronto follows their system to a tee, no matter how the game’s going,” Teat said. “If you’re not prepared for certain individuals and certain systems, you’re going to find yourself behind pretty quickly. Once they get the lead, they can finish you off.”

The Rock also have a few new faces on their team including defenseman Brock Sorensen and transition all-star Brodie Merrill. They could prove to be a handful for the Bandits.

“The key thing is cutting off their transition because they have a lot of guys that can take off,” said Resetarits. “We also will have to work on getting open [against this defense].”

Bandits transition player Alex Kedoh Hill is turning some heads with his impressive play and is leading the league with 12 forced turnovers.  Hill has also been great in transition and pushing the ball up the floor.

“He’s gained the trust of all of our coaching staff and all of our players,” Teat said. “From both ends of the floor, he’s helped us tremendously.  We have a huge amount of faith in him.”

A win on Friday night would give the Bandits a third win and sole possession of first place in the East Division. Following Friday’s game, Toronto will head into Rochester for a Saturday night rematch at Blue Cross Arena, where the team won in Week 1.

In November, Rock owner Jamie Dawick publicly guaranteed a Toronto win in the team’s home opener against the Bandits. If the Rock lose the game, every fan in attendance that purchased a regular priced single game ticket to the home opener will be eligible for a free ticket to any remaining 2015 Rock regular season home game at Air Canada Centre.

Story by Steve Bermel (@BanditsBeat) & Justin Millerson (@RockBeatToronto) for NLL.com. Photo by Graig Abel.

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