Bandits top Rock 13-9 in season opener

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Dhane Smith tallied a team high seven points to help power the Bandits to a season opening 13-9 victory over their rivals from Toronto on Friday.

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Smith scored a goal and had six helpers as Buffalo led wire-to-wire.

Rookie Josh Byrne, who was the No. 1 overall picked in the NLL Draft, scored a goal and finished with five points in his first career game. Goaltender Alex Buque, who takes over in net after Anthony Cosmo retired, recorded 55 saves.

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The Bandits return to action Dec. 23 when they face off against their I-90 rivals from Rochester.

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