The Buffalo Bandits and Toronto Rock were supposed to play a full preseason game at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena at Six Nations, Ontario, on Wednesday night. They didn't really come close.
The Bandits were leading the Rock, 5-4, in the third period, when a bench-clearing brawl broke out with 5:02. The referees gave up after a while and sent everyone home for the night. How would you like to drive a few hours to that game, only to have it cancelled in that fashion? It probably didn't give the coaching staff much of a chance to make decisions about players, either.
It was the second "win" of the week for the Bandits. They defeated Philadelphia on Sunday in a game played in HSBC Arena on Sunday. Oddly, not only were fans not allowed in the game, but the media wasn't invited to that one either.
Oh well, opening day isn't far off. The Bandits start the season in Calgary on January 8.
--- Budd Bailey