ROCHESTER – Although it is far too early to start predicting things around the National Lacrosse League, it is safe to say that both the Buffalo Bandits and the Rochester Knighthawks are determined not to be the league bottom duellers in 2018, as they were last year.
There have been many changes within each team and have shown early signs of a year as contenders for the Championship Cup.
Buffalo finds itself in first place in the early season with two wins and two losses but have fill opponents nets with 50 goals and 73 assists in four games.
Rochester has two wins and one loss after three games.
Last week, the Saskatchewan Rush crushed the Georgia Swarm 13-9, Buffalo beat Calgary 13-8 and the Toronto Rock mutilated Vancouver 24-7.
In Georgia, Lyle Thompson (1G,3A), Zed Williams (2G), Randy Staats (1G,2A), and Johnny Powless (1A), all contributed as did Shayne Jackson with three goals and an assist. For Saskatchewan, Jeremy Thompson scored once and assisted on other.
The Buffalo Bandits (2-2) and the Calgary Roughnecks (1-3) both entered Saturday night’s game at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo looking for a win after each suffering two early season losses.
“Our goal was to have 19 guys give us an honest effort and play hard for each other, and that’s what we did. We won a lot of loose ball battles,” said Bandits coach Troy Cordingley after the 13-8 final in favour of Buffalo. “It was 100 per cent buy-in as a team.”
This weeks scheduled games include Rochester at Toronto, Jan. 12; New England BlackWolves at Rochester Jan. 13th, Vancouver at Buffalo, Saskatchewan at Colorado, and Georgia Swarm at Calgary.