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Fri, Dec 2
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Sat, Dec 3
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Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
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Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
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Rush
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Fri, Dec 9
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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
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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
10:00 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
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18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 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
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Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
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Wings
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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
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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
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Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
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Warriors
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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
8:00 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
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Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
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Mammoth In Buffalo: Bandits Face Off With Colorado

The Buffalo Bandits (4-5) return home to host the Colorado Mammoth (4-3) at First Niagara Center live on UniversalSports.com & USN app (mobile/tablet viewing) in the U.S. and TSN GO in Canada on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Colorado will try to continue getting back to its early season form while the Bandits look to continue their success against the West Division, currently 3-0 against the West and 1-5 against the East.

Buffalo comes into the game having lost two in a row, dropping both games of their home-and-home series against the Rochester Knighthawks. Rochester completed the season sweep of Buffalo last Saturday, taking all three of the key matchups. Bandits transition player Alex Kedoh Hill is not happy with Buffalo’s record against the East.

“It’s tough. The in-division games are the ones you want to win,” Hill said. “The only thing that I can say is that we have to get better.”

Buffalo forward Dhane Smith, who leads the Bandits with 51 points this season (21+30) is also dissatisfied with the season so far. He has higher expectations on himself and the team, but is looking forward to the last nine games of the season.

“We have to forget about the first half of the season,” said Smith quietly. “We learn from it and now we’re excited for the next chapter.”

Despite having several statistical leaders on the team, Buffalo is still struggling to put tallies into the win column. Bandits assistant coach Rich Kilgour insists that the whole team must work together in order to find more wins.

“Dhane Smith, Ryan Benesch, Alex Kedoh Hill, those guys are really pulling their weight. But they can’t be the guys who are providing all of the stats,” he said. “Everyone is working hard, there’s no doubt about that, but at the same time if it doesn’t translate into wins, it doesn’t mean anything. Hopefully we can find a way to take great individual successes and turn it into team successes.”

Buffalo’s coaching staff continues to preach the importance of consistency and playing a full sixty minutes. The Bandits will need a full game’s effort to take down the Mammoth in Week 9’s matchup.

“You’ve got to put in 60 minutes to beat teams in this league. We’ve put in a great 30 minutes or even 55 minutes, but it has to be 60,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “We’re close to where we want to be, but we’re not close enough yet. We’re taking the rest of the season one game at a time; we’re after the playoffs.”

After an undefeated 3-0 start to the season, Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak last weekend versus New England, a game that had setbacks before the opening faceoff. Not only was the game delayed due to inclement weather, but bags containing Mammoth player equipment did not arrive on time either. Despite the hiccups, coach Dan Stroup assured it wasn’t a distraction on the bench come game time.

“It was right before the game, guys were borrowing ball boy’s helmets and stuff like that,” Stroup said. “Once you get going they didn’t worry about it, but I thought they played great. All the little things they could have worried about they didn’t, they just got out there and played.

“They could have had an excuse and distraction but they didn’t. They did what they had to do.”

Adam Jones was among the players who’s equipment was M.I.A., including his stick. Teammate John Grant, Jr. joked earlier this week that just like the other missing equipment, Jones did not let it distract him on the floor even with a spare weapon of choice.

“Looks like whatever stick you put in Jones’ hands he’s putting four or five (goals) in,” said Grant. “We’re pretty glad to have him on our side.

“Like coach [Stroup] says, once the anthem is over and you’re on the bench you’re going to have to forget about it and just play.”

Jones finished last week’s outing with a seven-point (4+3) performance, with a team-leading 16 shots taken.

Veterans of the NLL are no stranger to “Banditland” however, an arena that Colorado’s own crowd has rivaled since coming into the league. Combine that with a Buffalo team jawing to reach .500 on the year, creates a recipe for a tough matchup. Grant added nostalgically of games spent in Buffalo back in the day, and that the crowd will be a ‘X’ factor, much like their own Mile High City crowd, and will be part of the game plan.

“It’s a gong show…playing 10 years in Rochester, I know the building well,” he said. “The fans are very knowledgeable and they know how to get under your skin. The Bandits play off of that. That first five minutes of lacrosse, it’s a war. You have to do everything to withstand it and stick to your game plan.”

The Mammoth made a last-minute roster move last week leading up to the game against the Black Wolves. Veteran shooter Athan Iannucci was released and was replaced on the roster by young gun Mike Burke, who has had stints with the Edmonton Rush and Toronto Rock, and registered a goal and two assists in his first appearance with the Mammoth. The coaching staff noted his impact, but more impressive was his quick learning of Colorado’s playbook.

“I think he looked pretty good,” Stroup added. “He brought a lot of energy, he had about 24 hours to learn some offense with us, and I think he did a great job for a limited amount of time.”

Joey Cupido meanwhile continues to be a key player on both defense and transition. He leads the NLL among defensemen with eight goals thus far on the season, while teammate Creighton Reid has five goals himself.

By Steve Bermel (@BanditsBeat) & Nick Salen (@MammothBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Bill Wippert.

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