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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: No three-peat

      April 16, 1994 -- The Buffalo Bandits had gotten used to winning in their first two seasons of play. They won the league championship of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League in 1992, and followed up with a repeat title during an undefeated season in 1993.

     The Bandits did lose during the regular season, but still sailed into the final feeling confident about the future. The opponent would be the Philadelphia Wings, which had lost the previous two championship games.

     Even though the game was in Memorial Auditorium, it was Philadelphia that left with the league crown. The Wings scored an almost incredible 26 goals in that game, winning by a 26-15 margin.

     John Tavares and Jim Veltman had three goals each for the Bandits, but neither Bill Gerrie or Ross Cowie had an answer for the Wings' Paul Gait, who was the game's most valuable player. Gait had eight goals and three assists for 11 points. Kevin Finneran of the Wings added eight assists.

      "Take nothing away from them, but what they got, we gave a lot of it to them," Bandits forward Stu Aird said. "They got on a roll, and we just didn't do anything at all to stop it. Instead, we helped fuel it with our play. We couldn't get over the hump, and we have to blame ourselves for a lot of that."

   For more on that season, click here.

--- Budd Bailey

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