TORONTO (WIVB) -The Buffalo Bandits dropped eight straight to end the regular season. On Saturday night, they started fresh in the postseason. They beat the Toronto Rock 15-13 in Toronto, who won four straight to end their regular season. Ryan Benesch scored seven goals enroute to the NLL East semifinal win. Kasey Beirnes led the Rock with four goals.
Buffalo led 4-2 after the first quarter but the Rock tied it at eight in the third quarter. They ended the third knotted at 10. The Bandits captain John Tavares scored to regain the lead and the Bandits held on for the win.
Buffalo will host the Rochester Knighthawks in the NLL East final Saturday May 10th at the First Niagara Center. Game 2 of the East final will be in Rochester on May 17th.