Bandits upset Rochester, take 1-0 series lead

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Bandits scored six goals in the fourth quarter to knock off top-seed Rochester in the NLL East Finals Saturday night, winning 12-8. The Bandits take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Veteran stars John Tavares and Mark Steenhius scored four goals apiece, while Dhane Smith netted the go-ahead score to propel the Bandits to the win.

The two teams will meet again in Game Two next Saturday, May 17th at 7:30pm in Rochester. If the Knighthawks win that game, the two teams will play a ten-minute mini-game to decide which team moves on. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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