The first quarter only yielded 2 goals, one by each team. The second was again pretty even, but with the Bandits scoring 3 and Knighthawks with 2. The half ended 4-3 in Buffalo’s favor, which is pretty low scoring in this league, especially with the fire power the Bandits have on their team. When the third started, it seemed like the Bandits would score and then seconds later the Knighthawks would score, and that is how the third quarter ended, back and forth, but Buffalo never lost the lead. When the fourth and final quarter started, all of Buffalo’s fire power came out and they were the better team, scoring 5 times to end the game 12-9, which sent the Bandits to 2-0 early on and the Knighthawks, who the Bandits play twice more, to 1-1.
The Bandits would not have won without their assistant captain, (#11) Johnny Tavares. Tavares had 4 goals and 4 assists in Buffalo’s win. He is one of the guys that holds this team together, he’s a fan favorite, and a guy that the league admires. Did I mention that he just turned 43 years old? He has played 21 years in the NLL, all 21 have been played with the Bandits. Tavares, during the week, is a math teacher in Toronto, but on the weekends, he is the best in the world in indoor lacrosse. During his time with Buffalo he has brought 4 Champions Cups home and he is trying to do it again. Of course one guy doesn’t win you games, so luckily for Bandits fans they have countless guys that can get it done. Mark Steenhuis (#9), known for his orange shoes, had 2 goals for the team last night. He is another big fan favorite.
Next week the Bandits play back to back, Friday at home against the Philadelphia Wings and then again on Saturday in Minnesota to take on the Swarm. I will post a list of the NLL rules and the Bandits roster in an article sometime this week. If you have nothing to do on Friday night, come down to the First Niagara Center to watch the Bandits, I promise you, you will leave a fan. I’ve had season tickets for 4 years now and it is awesome, definitely a different atmosphere than at a hockey game. It is very family oriented so bring the whole family down, tickets are not very expensive. 100 level seats are only $25. Hope to see y’all there!