“Tavares leads Bandits to first place” – Story from 22 Jan
The Buffalo Bandits defeated the Rochester Knighthawks, 12-9, in Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night. Buffalo is off to a 2-0 start, with wins over Toronto and Rochester, and is also in the lead in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division.
Both sides of the turf were on even terms for close to three quarters, and the Bandits offense exploded in the last 20 minutes to win the decision.
John Tavares contributed with four goals, half of them coming at the start of the fourth quarter. His goals were part of a 6-1 run that changed the course of the game for good.
Other scorers included Chad Culp with two goals, Roger Vyse with two, Mark Steenhuis and Luke Wiles each with two goals.
Defense and goalie Mike Thompson shut down the Rochester offense for lengths of the second half.
Both sides had plenty of shots in which the goalies seemed to just stand there and simply let the ball hit them. Just when it looked like the goalies were going to stop virtually everything in the first half, all of a sudden they couldn’t stop anything. Both sides combined to score four goals in 57 seconds.
Early in the third quarter, the Bandits finally had a two-goal lead, but Rochester tied it up at the 5:10 mark. Rochester later took a one-goal lead.
Tavares came to the Bandits rescue, scoring the tying goal. The Bandits then went on the 6 goal scoring tear and won the game 12-9.