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Fri, Dec 2
18:00:00
Philadelphia
Halifax
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
WK
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Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
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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
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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
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
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21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
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22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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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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One Buffalo: Bandits Take First With 12-7 Win Over Black Wolves

The Buffalo Bandits (13-5) clinched first place in the NLL with a 12-7 win over the New England Black Wolves (10-7) at First Niagara Center on Saturday night. The capacity crowd of 19,070 not only got to see a win, but they got to see Bandits forward Dhane Smith (4+2) break another record. With his fourth goal of the game, Smith notched a league record 72 goals this season. Last week in Rochester, Smith scored his 131st point of the year to break the previous scoring record set by Black Wolves forward Shawn Evans.

“The record was in the back of my mind and the guys helped me through it. We played very well as a team,” said Smith. “It was a great win for the team. It’s a good feeling, being first in the whole division.”

Smith opened the scoring for the Bandits 1:56 into the game. Evans answered for the Wolves before Smith and Malcom scored two more for Buffalo. Kevin Buchanan scored the last goal to bring New England within one.

Buffalo got its two goal lead back with another goal from Smith. Kyle Buchanan tallied his first goal before the Bandits ripped off four straight goals to end the half with an 8-2 lead.

Brett Bucktooth scored for the Black Wolves to open the scoring in the third quarter. Ryan Benesch found the back of the net before Steenhuis tallied twice and gave Buffalo an 11-4 lead. Jordan Hall stopped Buffalo’s run, but the Bandits took an 11-5 lead into the final frame.

The fourth quarter’s first goal was scored by Benesch and gave Buffalo a seven goal lead. Hall and Pat Saunders cut the lead down to five. The Wolves made a change in goal from Evan Kirk to Ty Belanger with six minutes to go and began pulling the goaltender in favor of the extra attacker.
Buffalo’s four goal run in the second quarter and their three goal third quarter run sealed their win. The Bandits had a solid effort at both ends of the floor.

“We had a lot of offensive rebounds which created opportunities and wore down their defense. Defensively we really good and in position. When we did break down, Dave [DiRuscio] was really solid,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “Coach Rich [Kilgour] made some adjustments on how we cleared the ball out of our own end. JT [Coach John Tavares] has been huge for us. The best thing he has our offense is doing is sharing the ball.”

“We got behind the eight ball against a team that like to go on runs,” said Black Wolves forward Kyle Buchanan. “We can’t do that moving forward, and we hope to see them again.”

After setting the record for points in a season at 130 last season, Wolves star Shawn Evans (1+0) finished the game with 118 points, second only to Smith.

Despite the loss, New England will host the Georgia Swarm in the first round of the East Division playoffs next weekend. Their team is incredibly proud of their accomplishments so far this year and they’re looking forward to the playoffs.

“From last season to this season, we’ve taken some really big steps. There are nine really good teams in this league, it’s about who shows up game to game,” said Buchanan. “Tonight was a tough one for us but we’ll take the positives and move forward. We have to show up tomorrow against a good Rochester team and we’re looking forward to having Georgia at home.”

Buffalo goaltender Anthony Cosmo left the game with an injury in the first quarter after a collision in his crease. Backup goaltender Davide DiRuscio took over and stopped 43 of the 49 shots he faced. Black Wolves goaltender Evan Kirk stopped 38 of 50 in the loss.

“Dave comes in cold off the bench, not expecting to play and he’s in five minutes into the game,” said Cordingley. “What he did is really impressive.”

Buffalo forward Mark Steenhuis (4+3) also hit a career milestone in ‘Banditland.’ With an assist in the third quarter he notched his 900th career point as a member of the Bandits.

The Bandits have earned a first round bye in the East Division Playoffs. New England returns to action tomorrowhosting the Rochester Knighthawks at 6:00 PM.

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Dhane Smith
2) Mark Steenhuis
3) Davide DiRuscio

Steve Bermel for NLL.com. Photo by Bill Wippert.

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