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Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
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Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
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15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
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Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
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Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
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Saskatchewan
18
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20:30:00
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Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
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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
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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
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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
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
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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
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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
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Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
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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
WK
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
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
WK
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
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Win And Get In: Bandits Look To Clinch Vs. Stealth

With a postseason berth well within their reach, the Buffalo Bandits (8-7) host the Vancouver Stealth (5-11) at First Niagara Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Buffalo needs just one more win, or a loss from the New England Black Wolves, to clinch the third and final playoff spot in the East. Vancouver will use the game as a tune up of sorts ahead of the team’s Week 18 play-in matchup against the Calgary Roughnecks for the final berth in the West. Watch Stealth at Bandits live on UniversalSports.com (laptop/desktop) & USN app (mobile/tablet) in the U.S. and on TSN GO in Canada.

Buffalo is coming off a bye week after a solid road win in Minnesota in Week 15, which eliminated the Swarm from playoff contention.

“We need some wins, we have to try to make the playoffs ourselves,” said Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley. “We also have to make sure that we stick to the plan and make sure that we’re 100% buying-in here, that’s how you win in this league.”

With the “magic number” for Buffalo making the playoffs being just one, the Bandits would like to finish up the race for a spot in the postseason on Saturday with a win over the Stealth. The team will head to New England to face the Black Wolves, who need to win out and have Buffalo lose out to get into the postseason, on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

“We don’t want to wait for New England to lose or have somebody else help us to get in. We want to do ourselves a favor and be ready to go Saturday night,” said Bandits assistant coach Dan Teat. “Hopefully we can win Saturday, so if guys aren’t 100% we can rest them before the playoffs.”

Buffalo can no longer overtake Rochester or Toronto for the division, so they will be on the road should they clinch the last playoff spot.

Buffalo is hosting Tucker Out Lymphoma night on Saturday to take a stand against cancer in honor of NLL ironman Shawn Williams’ son Tucker who passed away last year after a battle with cancer. The cause serves as a reminder to all that there a bigger things in life than sports.

“It’s going to be unbelievably emotional. When you’ve got kids, it puts things in perspective. The lacrosse family is a big one,” said Teat. “Lacrosse is just a game. When you see a family and an eight-year-old go through what they did, it’s going to make for a very emotional night.”

“I think it’s huge for our organization to do something like this in honor of such a great kid and such a great family. Having the privilege of playing with Shawn and realizing what kind of person he is, it really hits home with me,” said Bandits forward Mark Steenhuis. “I think it’s a massive motivator, that family should be everyone’s heroes. Hopefully we can get a win for them.”

Both John Tavares and Steenhuis had a good practice Tuesday night and it appears they should both be in the lineup on Saturday.

It is not too often that a team fighting for their playoff lives gets a free pass this late in the season. But that is the situation the Stealth find themselves in. Vancouver is a half-game behind the Calgary Roughnecks (6-11) for the West Division’s last playoff spot. But Calgary is off this week and the two teams play a crucial game at Langley Events Centre in Week 18. A Vancouver victory in that game would give the Stealth the head-to-head season series tiebreaker, three games to one.

But for Stealth head coach Dan Perreault, it is business as usual for the team this week in Buffalo.

“It is a tune-up (game) but we do have to be playing well moving forward,” said coach Dan Perreault. “I thought we competed well the last two weekends. We didn’t get the result last weekend but I liked the effort the fellas put in. It was a good Rochester team.”

The Stealth ended a lengthy losing streak two weeks ago by defeating the New England Black Wolves 11-9 for just its second road victory in eight tries but the Knighthawks kept the Vancouver win streak at one game with a 13-9 win in Week 17.

This weekend’s game is a rematch of Week 3 when the Bandits defeated the Stealth in B.C., 14-13. Despite this weekend’s contest not meaning anything in terms of playoff positioning, that is not the mindset Vancouver will take.

“We are not going to get too creative at this point in time,” Perreault said when asked if he might try a few wrinkles in the game plan.
“There is not much you are going to throw in at this time of year.”

“We just have to do the little things right and the compete level has to be there,” he added. “And we have to play for 60 minutes.”

Perreault would not tip his hand in terms of goaltending as Tyler Richards returned last week but rookie Eric Penney got the start. The Stealth also get defender Rory Smith back from his two-game suspension.

“We haven’t decided on our starter yet, but Tyler is available,” Perreault said.

By Steve Bermel (@BanditsBeat) and Gary Ahuja (@VanStealthBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Garrett James.

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