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.

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.

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