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Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
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
3
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
WK
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
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
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
WK
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
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
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
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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THREE FOR THREE, BANDITS COMPLETE SWEEP OF BLACK WOLVES

Buffalo wins 14-11, now tied for first in the East

The Buffalo Bandits (8-7) will finish the 2017-2018 regular season 3-0 against the New England Black Wolves (6-8) winning 14-11 in front of 13,709 at the KeyBank Center on Saturday night. The win was crucial for Buffalo in the East Division playoff race, allowing the Bandits to keep pace with the Rochester Knighthawks and putting them a half-game ahead of the Toronto Rock and Georgia Swarm.

 

“We’ll take a win here. We found a way. Every time they went on a run, we answered,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “Every win in this league is satisfying, we earned it tonight. We knew they’d have a higher compete level but we picked it up when we needed to.”

 

The Bandits got off to a very strong start, building a 5-0 lead on goals from Dhane Smith, Chase Fraser, Josh Byrne, Shawn Evans and Fraser again. Kevin Crowley answered with two goals for the Black Wolves and the first quarter ended with Buffalo leading 5-2.

Buffalo has been notorious for slow starts and playing from behind this season, so the strong start was a welcome sight.

”We don’t want to be chasing and playing risky lacrosse,” noted Cordingley about the big lead early. “We want to play tight defense and make sure we’re the leaders in the game.”

 

After a goal for New England by Adam Bomberry, Vaughn Harris answered for Buffalo. Nick Chaykowsky scored in transition, but Jordan Durston found the net on a Bandits power play. A three goal run, sparked by power play goals by Crowley and Callum Crawford, followed by another goal by Crowley tied the game at seven and Buffalo’s lead evaporated. Byrne scored again for Buffalo and gave them an 8-7 edge at the half.

 

Over half of the wide open third quarter passed without a goal or penalty, but Fraser scored his third goal of the game for Buffalo at the 6:59 mark. His hat trick goal was the only tally of the entire quarter and the Bandits took a 9-7 lead into the final frame.

 

The fourth quarter was quite the opposite of the third, as nine goals were split between the teams. Crowley scored his fifth goal of the game before Kyle Buchanan tied the game again, this time at nine. But Buffalo refused to allow the Black Wolves to ever have the lead. Byrne and Mitch Jones restored the Bandits two goal lead. Reilly O’Connor notched a goal but Byrne answered right back. Buchanan tried to give the Wolves one last push, but Jones and Durston put the icing on the cake with late goals and gave Buffalo a 14-11 win.

 

The game seemed to be particularly full of emotion with playoff positioning at stake. Both the players and coaches could feel the intensity during the tightly contested battle.

 

“We’re in a playoff spot right now in the East, but we play two of the teams that are trying to get a playoff spot,” said Cordingley. “These are the playoffs for us, we’ve got to show our character.”

 

“That one was a must win for us, we knew they were going to come out firing and they did,” said Byrne who racked up four goals, two assists and first star honors. “After that four game losing streak, we were kind of down in the dumps, but when it starts going our way again, the emotions come out a bit more.”

 

Bandits forward Craig England missed the game with an eye injury and has had surgery to repair a partially torn retina. In his absence, rookie draft pick Chase Fraser slotted back into the lineup and scored a hat trick.

 

“I’m happy he got his chance to get back in,” said Byrne. “He’s probably the most athletic kid I’ve seen in my life. He just finds a way to the net and put some in tonight.”

 

Fraser was also happy to play again.

 

“I had a day today. I was feeling it. The whole team played well, not just me,” said Fraser. “We shared the ball well. The offense was clicking and I’m glad I was a part of it.”

 

The loss was the fourth straight for New England. Despite their efforts to come back on Saturday, they came up short.

”We’ve got to come better ready to play, otherwise we face the pressure of fighting the uphill battle,” said Wolves assistant coach Tracey Kelusky. “Credit to Buffalo for getting goals back right away after we scored, but we made a lot of little mental mistakes. We also can’t go 15 minutes without scoring like we did in the third quarter.”

 

Even with the loss and finding themselves in last place, the East Division playoff hunt is far from over for the Black Wolves. With four games left, two of which come against East opponents, Kelusky isn’t counting his team out.

 

“Our fate’s in our own hands, we understand that,” he said. “We’re on a down skid right now, but we believe in our group and we can be as good as anybody.”

 

New England returns to action when they host the Calgary Roughnecks on Sunday, April 8 at 2:00P.M. EST. The Bandits will travel to Calgary after a bye week when they’ll play the Roughnecks on April 14 at 9:00P.M. EST.

Three Stars of the Game as Selected by the Media:

1 – Josh Byrne (4+2)
2 – Kevin Crowley (5+0)

3 – Shawn Evans (1+6)

NLL