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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
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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Last Stop: Bandits At Knighthawks For Thruway Rivalry

The Buffalo Bandits (4-4) head to the Blue Cross Arena this Saturday to take on the Rochester Knighthawks (4-3) for the third time in four weeks. The game will wrap up the season series between these two teams and should prove crucial in the East Division standings. Watch on NLL LIVE in the U.S. and TSN GO in Canada.

Both of the previous games saw the Bandits lose a lead in the second half and the Knighthawks run away for a big game. The Hawks took the first game in Rochester 17-11 and the second game in Buffalo last week 15-10.

Buffalo has had some struggles offensively and their power play is the worst in the league. Against a team like Rochester, Buffalo will need scoring for 60 minutes and will need to find some power play success.

“Our special teams are killing us, especially our power play,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “It’s awful. I guess we just go back to things that we’re comfortable with. It’s going to change.”

Bandits assistant coach Dan Teat talked about the work that was put in to the power play at practice this Tuesday and the changes that might be forthcoming.

“Shots aren’t dropping right now. Sometimes we look at a power play and say ‘that was our best power play of the game’ and it’s a power play we didn’t score on,” said Teat. “We’re looking at all aspects of it, we’re looking at personnel aspects as well.”

Buffalo managed to hold Cody Jamieson to zero goals last week in Banditland, but he did rack up nine assists. The defensive unit thinks that accomplishment is both good and bad.

“It is a win keeping him out of the goal column,” said Bandits transition player Nick Weiss. “We need to extend on him and not give him time and space to set up the other guys.”

The transition game has been working for Buffalo. They’ve scored about half of the Bandits goals in each of the last two games against Rochester.

“We’ve got a young and fast defense,” said Bandit Kevin Brownell. “Transition is a big part of our game plan. We’ve just got to find more consistency going forward.”

Consistency has been lacking for Buffalo of late, especially on the offensive side of the floor. After having an eight-goal first half in Week 7, Buffalo only scored twice in the second half.

“We have to do the simple things better. We have to take the shots when they’re there,” said Bandits forward Mark Steenhuis. “We’re not hitting the outside shots so we’ve got to find ways to get inside.”

Buffalo will be looking to improve upon their 1-4 record against the East Division. They also are looking for a win against its Thruway rivals. Another loss would have them looking up at both Rochester and Toronto in the East standings with half the season left.

46-year-old Bandits veteran John Tavares, the league’s all-time leading scorer, practiced on Tuesday and appears to be a game-time decision for Saturday after missing several weeks with a lower-body injury.

The Knighthawks are coming off a weekend that saw them defeat the Bandits in Buffalo and the New England Black Wolves in Connecticut by identical 15-10 scores.

“It was a long weekend with two great games,” said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. “Two very tough and difficult battles right from the get-go. We stuck with what we do best, stuck to our principles, and we managed to come away with two nice and much-needed wins at this time of the year.”

Rochester’s rough 0-2 start to the season that had people wondering seems to have been pushed aside after three wins in their last four games.

“You never try and panic in this league,” said Knighthawks defenseman Paul Dawson. “It’s a short season, but when things go bad, you try not to panic. When panic sets in, that’s when I feel things start going even worse. We started off 0-2, had a couple of tough losses, but we knew as a group who we had in the dressing room. We needed to correct a couple of things, but I think it was just getting back to our gameplan and what works for us. Once we did that, we got a couple of wins and then confidence starts building. We get a little more comfortable in our gameplan and in our abilities.”

Rochester’s offense has come alive the last few weeks, hitting at least 15 goals in three out of their last four games. Knighthawks forward and reigning NLL MVP Cody Jamieson was a key cog in the Knighthawks’ scoring machine this weekend, tallying nine assists in Buffalo and five points (3+2) against the Black Wolves en route to winning the Pinty’s Wingman of the Week award for Week 7.

That resurgence also coincides with the return of forward Stephen Keogh who missed the first four games of the season dealing with an injury from the summer.

“Keogh adds a bit of grittiness,” Hasen said. “He keeps guys honest on the floor. When he’s playing tough, guys play tougher and a little bit better around him. For us, it’s always been who’s in the lineup. Stick to your roles and stick to it. But to have him back and playing, this weekend he really stepped up his game. We just need to keep him rolling and go from there.”

By Steve Bermel (@BanditsBeat) & Jeremy Pike (@KnighthawksBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Bill Wippert.

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