Big weekend on tap for Bandits

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Bandits are finally back on their home turf tonight, taking on Minnesota in the team’s first home game in nearly four weeks.

Buffalo comes into the matchup 2-2 on the season, but this matchup – paired with tomorrow night’s road game at Rochester – will go a long way toward establishing early-season momentum.

“This is a big weekend for us,” said forward Ryan Benesch. “We’re oh-and-two right now against the East. We got to get back on track. Starts tonight, home barn. We don’t want to look past Minnesota, but tomorrow night’s going to be a big test too.”

Each of the first four matchups this season have been close games. In games like those, the little things can make a big difference.

“We just got to be smart all the time,” said head coach Troy Cordingley. “Sometimes we have these mental lapses, and everyone has them. I know it’s January and we have gotten a lot better since the beginning, but we still have a long way to go.”

The Bandits will hit the field without longtime star John Tavares. The team placed him on injured reserve today with a pulled calf muscle that will keep him out for a few weeks. Buffalo hosts Minnesota tonight at 7:30pm.
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