NLL Saturday: 2017 regular season wraps up; playoffs set

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April 30, 2017

It took the full 18 weeks but the NLL’s playoff picture is finally set. There were four games on the schedule Saturday night – two “meaningless” games and two for all the marbles. Lacrosse game, as we know, are never actually meaningless; we use the term to indicate the impact on the standings only. In the east, things worked out as they appeared they would most of the season. The…

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Rock loss to Bandits tightens playoff race

Jordan Magnuson and Nick Weiss face-off as the Toronto Rock host the Buffalo Bandits on April 14, 2017 at the Air Canada Centre. (Photo credit: Anna Taylor)
April 16, 2017

The Toronto Rock have hit a losing skid at the worst possible time. A 13-8 loss to the Buffalo Bandits on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre was the Rock’s third consecutive loss. It also means they have to wait another week to clinch a playoff spot with New England and Buffalo breathing down their necks. Following their bye week, the Rock came out on fire building a 4-0…

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Rochester defeats Buffalo 11-10

The Rochester Knighthawks celebrate their 9-8 victory over the Toronto Rock on January 28, 2017 at the Air Canada Centre. (Photo credit: Anna Taylor)
March 26, 2017

Hawks Keep Playoff Hopes Alive; Jackson and Resetarits score Hat Tricks Last night the Rochester Knighthawks (5-8) defeated the Buffalo Bandits (5-7) 11-10 in front of 8,765 at Connor and Ferris Field in Rochester. It was the largest crowd of the season for the Knighthawks since their home opener which drew 8,137. The game was your typical battle between the teams, but it didn’t go without controversy. Defensemen Brad Gillies…

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Knighthawks exact revenge in OT

Dylan Evans of the Rochester Knighthawks gets caught between Challen Rogers and Bradley Kri of the Toronto Rock on January 28, 2017 at the Air Canada Centre. (Photo credit: Anna Taylor)
March 5, 2017

The Rochester Knighthawks stunned the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday afternoon with a 9-8 overtime win at Blue Cross Arena in the back half of their home and home series. Dan Dawson notched the winner 1:02 into the bonus frame following a back and forth game that saw the game tied six times. Every team in the NLL’s eastern division (with the exception of Georgia) is closely matched, making for exciting…

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Bandits Defeat Knighhawks 13-9, Winning Streak at 3

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March 4, 2017

Brad Self Burns Former Team with Three Goals & Six Points; Bandits One Game Behind Toronto. The Buffalo Bandits (4-6) hosted the Rochester Knighthawks (3-7) in the front end of a home and home weekend series and defeated the Knighthawks 13-9. The Bandits won their third in a row in front of 14,475 fans Friday night as the rivals of I-90 separated by only 75 miles took to the field in…

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Power Rankings Week 8: Swarm Still Buzzing, Tough Test This Weekend.

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February 16, 2017

Week 8 Power Rankings!!   Georgia remains on top, but will they after this weekend? The Eastern Conference will all play two games each this weekend. Buffalo will face New England in a home and home match up which is crucial for both teams. Toronto looks to take over first with match ups against Georgia and Rochester. Georgia will also face Rochester. The east could see a massive shake up by…

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Hat-tricks Abound as Rock Hammer Bandits

Buffalo Bandits vs. Toronto Rock at the Air Canada Centre on February 3, 2017. (Photo credit: Anna Taylor)
February 5, 2017

The first of four meetings between geographic rival Buffalo Bandits and Toronto Rock on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre did not disappoint. An energetic effort from the Rock saw them hammer the visitors 18-10. After a defensive battle versus Rochester last week, the Rock’s offense lit it up versus Buffalo. It wasn’t even Toronto’s highly-touted transition game, which won them their first two of the season, that made…

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Mammoth Shine Against Stagnant Bandits Offense

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December 31, 2016

For the second straight game, an NLL team struggled in its home opener to put points on the board. While that was the Rochester Knighthawks on Thursday night, it was the Buffalo Bandits who fell to the Colorado Mammoth at home on Friday, 12-8. A crowd of nearly 15,000 was on hand to watch both teams open their seasons. The Mammoth jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Colorado goalie…

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Mammoth Head to Buffalo in Season Opener

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December 30, 2016

The Buffalo Bandits, coming off of their Champions Cup appearance last season, open their season at home tonight against the Colorado Mammoth, a team coming off a western conference finals berth. While Buffalo has retained mostly the same roster, losing just Chad Culp and Jay Thorimbert, the Mammoth roster looks quite a bit different. No Adam Jones, as the Mammoth shipped the former third overall draft pick to Saskatchewan for…

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2017 NLL Season Preview: Buffalo Bandits

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December 30, 2016

Time is ticking until the Buffalo Bandits hit the floor for the first time for the 2017 National Lacrosse League season. For Buffalo, it’s a season where all expectations are geared towards making another run for the Champions Cup, which they lost by one goal last year to the Saskatchewan Rush. The Bandits front office was somewhat quiet during the offseason. They didn’t make too many moves, but the moves…

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