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Live blog: Bandits vs. Knighthawks

   7:08 p.m. -- Can anyone outscore the New Orleans Saints tonight? It's not going to happen here, but the Buffalo Bandits will be seeking a little more offense than they had last week as they play the Rochester Knighthawks in HSBC Arena. It looks like we have a crowd of 16,000 or so coming tonight for the Bandits home opener.

   Buffalo is coming off a 10-5 loss last week in Rochester. We're still not sure if John Tavares will be ready to go tonight. He missed last week's game with a lower-body injury. The scratches should be announced in about 15 minutes.

   7:19 p.m. -- Shawn Evans of the Knighthawks has been suspended for the game tonight. It's from a fight that took place in preseason.

   7:34 p.m. -- Sure enough, there are a few lineup changes tonight. Looks like John Tavares will miss his second straight game. Frank Resetarits gets to make his debut in a Buffalo uniform; his many fans will be happy to see him. Sean Greenhalgh is also in. Kevin Dostie is one of the scratches, along with Brandon Francis.

   7:38 p.m. -- Kyle Schmelzle, who sat out last week, took the opening faceoff for the Bandits.And away we go.

   7:48 p.m. -- Mike Accursi and Sean Greenhalgh have put Buffalo up, 2-0, five minutes into the period. The Bandits have started the game with a great deal of energy.

   7;51 p.m. -- Mark Steenhuis scored a power-play goal, and was promptly jumped by a Rochester player (Kyle Laverty, after further review), causing a bit of a scrum. Still, it's 3-0, Buffalo. Looks like the penalty box will be quite filled when everything is sorted out.

   7:58 p.m. -- Shawn Williams has put Rochester on the scoreboard. Ian Llord picked up 14 minutes in penalties, setting up the power-play score.

   8:08 p.m. -- Buffalo took a few too many penalties late in the first period, and Rochester finally capitalized. Williams made it 3-2 with a minute left.

   8:16 p.m. -- Chris Driscott has scored a nice goal for the Bandits, something of a floater while coming down the left side. But Rochester has just replied on a goal by Craig Point, so we're 4-3 Buffalo with 11:13 to go in the second period.

   8:20 p.m. -- It's never a good idea to let John Grant come in alone. That's why we are tied, 4-4, with 9:52 left in the first half.

   8:25 p.m. -- Roger Vyse put Buffalo ahead while straddling the blue line, another soft goal allowed by Pat O'Toole. But that short-handed score was negated by Grant's second of the game, this time on the power play. It's 5-5 with 7:18 left in the half.

   8:33 p.m. -- The Bandits have the lead, 6-5, and a two-man power play for more than a minute. It's a good time to take control of the game. By the way, the Bandits have gone a good job on Gary Gait so far tonight. He hasn't been as much of a factor as he was last week.

   8:39 p.m. -- We go to halftime with the Bandits up, 6-5.

   9:00 p.m. -- Resetarits Nation can start to celebrate. The Hamburg native, Frank, scored his first goal as a Bandit, putting Buffalo ahead, 7-6, early in the third.

   9:03 p.m. -- John Grant needed 15 seconds to make Darryl Gibson pay for a bad penalty, scoring on a power play to tie the game at 7-7. Buffalo has taken several bad penalties tonight, and Rochester will prove that costly with regularity.

   9:11 p.m. -- Another Rochester power-play goal, by Craig Point. The Knighthawks have their first lead at 8-7.

   9:16 p.m. -- Cory Bomberry's goal made it 9-7 Rochester, and there is legitimate reason for worry among the Bandits' fans here. Chris Schiller did just pick up a penalty trying to stop Buffalo's Steenhuis, and the Bandits definitely could use a power-play score about now.

   9:29 p.m. -- Sorry for the technical problems. The Bandits trail, 9-8, with 13 minutes left, and they are on the power play.

   9:38 p.m. -- Lots of offense suddenly, but the Bandits are still looking up. It's 12-10 with 7:16 to go, thanks to a goal by Steenhuis. John Grant unofficially has three goals and five assists for Rochester.

   9:47 p.m -- As they say, time is now a factor. Bandits are down two with three minutes left.

   9:55 p.m. -- Bandits lose, 13-11. Off to the locker room.

   11:34 p.m. -- No one is hitting the panic button, but the Bandits find themselves two games behind Rochester and Toronto in the East after only two games. Buffalo has some work to do in order to show it deserves to be considered a title contender again this year.

   We'll give the last word to Bandits' coach Darris Kilgour, who thought his team generally had the better of the play on the night. But still, "We gave up some stupid opportunities in the fourth quarter," he said. "We gave up two fast-break chances, and we didn't capitalize on our chances. We're dropping the ball on the crease, and we couldn't get a goal when it counted."

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.