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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
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
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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Stellar Defensive Effort Propels Bandits to Win Over Rock

The Toronto Rock scored 17 goals in the first meeting with Buffalo back on Dec. 21. It looked like history might repeat itself as Toronto was up 4-0 after the first quarter. However, Matt Vinc and the Buffalo Bandits defense shut the Rock down for the rest of the game.

The Bandits came away with a hard-earned 8-6 home victory over Toronto on Saturday night in front of a raucous home crowd at KeyBank Center. The game had all the makings of a playoff atmosphere with both teams battling for the top spot in the Eastern Division.

With the win, Buffalo took a huge step toward securing home field advantage. They are now 12-3 on the season while Toronto falls to 8-5 after an 0-2 weekend for them. The Bandits are one game ahead of the Georgia Swarm for first place in the NLL with just three games remaining.

In a game with very few goals, it was the goaltenders on both sides who shined the brightest. Even in defeat, Toronto goalie Nick Rose made 53 saves on 61 shots. Vinc was also stellar in net for the Bandits, stopping 36 of the 42 shots he faced.

“In any sport, the great goalies can put those early goals past them quickly,” head coach John Tavares said. “If you dwell on the previous goal, then the next thing you know another one is by you. Vno is a professional and that’s why he’s one of the best goalies in the world.”

In terms of offense, Buffalo was led by their stars. Dhane Smith led the way with three goals, while Josh Byrne returned to the lineup with two goals of his own and three points. Thomas Hoggarth also had a strong performance with three points (1+2).

“I thought offensively we played really well and I don’t think the score indicates how well we played offensively,” Vinc said. “Nick [Rose] played unbelievable so hats off to him because he gave his team a chance to win. Fortunately for us, we scored some timely goals in order to give us a cushion late in the game.”

It took nearly seven minutes for the first goal as Toronto’s Tom Schreiber made it 1-0 Rock in the opening quarter. About 90 seconds later, the Rock made it 2-0 when Challen Rogers beat Matt Vinc. The rough first quarter continued for Buffalo when Brandon Slade scored the third Toronto goal to make it 3-0.

“We knew they would come out flying and they took it to us, but we were able to slow down that momentum,” Smith said. “In the second half it showed that we had more legs than them and we came away with the win.”

Toronto was able to tack on one more goal before the end of the first quarter when Billy Hostrawser grabbed a rebound and finished to make it 4-0 Rock.

“Our offense started off a little slow, but our defense and Vno kept us in the game until we tied it up,” Smith said. “We kept rolling and that shows a championship team right there.”

The good news for the Bandits is they flipped the script completely in the second quarter. Smith got the Bandits on the board with a power play goal to give the building some life early in the second quarter.

“Dhane is someone who leads this offense,” Tavares said. “Along with Shawn [Evans], they are leaders and they find ways to score big goals. Dhane buried his opportunities tonight and overall he played a great game.”

They carried that momentum into the middle of the second quarter as Hoggarth cut the Bandits deficit to two goals. Josh Byrne got in on the action as he scored his first goal since returning from injury to make it 4-3 Toronto.

Buffalo pulled even when Jordan Durston scored a transition goal off a beautiful lead pass from Justin Martin. With less than 30 seconds left in the first half, the Rock pulled their goalie to have an extra attacker. They failed to score as Vinc grabbed the ball and fired it down the field and into the net. The only problem was it occurred after the buzzer so the goal was disallowed and the first half ended with a 4-4 tie.

The theme of the first half was strong defense and strong goaltending and that trend continued in the second half. It wasn’t until halfway through the third quarter when Buffalo took their first lead of the game.

Byrne scored his second goal of the game to make it 5-4 Buffalo as they were on a five-goal scoring run. Smith also added his second goal of the game late in the third and the Bandits were up 6-4 after three quarters.

Vinc continued his strong play as Buffalo held Toronto without a goal for both the second and third quarters of the game. Toronto scored their first goal since the end of the first quarter with 13:28 left in regulation as Johnny Powless made it 6-5 Bandits.

“I thought our team did a great job,” Vinc said. “We got in a lot of lanes and took away a lot of shots. That’s a great defensive effort on our part and especially in the second, third and fourth quarters. We really buckled down and played some of our best defensive lacrosse.”

Smith and Schreiber traded goals less than 30 seconds apart and Buffalo kept the one goal lead at 7-6 with under 12 minutes to play. The Bandits were able to capitalize on a 3-on-1 transition opportunity as Kevin Brownell made it 8-6 to give the Bandits some breathing space.

The Rock went on the power play with 3:58 remaining in regulation with Buffalo ahead by two goals, but Vinc stopped them once again to help the Bandits earn the two-goal victory.

“At the end of the day, good teams find a way to win and we were able to do that,” Byrne said. “The last time we played these guys we got out to a 5-1 lead and they came back to beat us. So we know the first quarter doesn’t mean everything whether you’re up four goals or down four goals. We just need to keep level heads, stick to our system, and we were able to do that for most of the game.”

The Bandits will be off next week so the next game will also be against the Rock, but this time it will be in Toronto. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

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