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Bandits live blog from Toronto

7:13 p.m. -- Sorry I'm a little late in signing on tonight. Norfolk State's basketball upset over Missouri commanded my attention.

But I'm ready to concentrate on lacrosse. The Bandits take on the Rock here in the Air Canada Center at 7:30. You know the particulars about the Bandits' problems. They have lost six in a row, and the Rock would like nothing better than to continue that streak. Toronto and Buffalo opened the season against each other, and the Bandits came away with a win.

7:21 p.m. -- Tom Montour, Ian Llord and Roger Vyse are sitting tonight, while Anthony Cosmo gets the start in goal. Got an e-mail from a fan this week asking how Montour got in the doghouse in terms of playing time; I was stuck for an answer. He had a good season in 2011 and supplied some valuable speed coming out of the Buffalo end.

7:38 p.m. -- A singer's worst nightmare -- woman forgot the words to O Canada. The crowd was not impressed.

7:47 p.m. -- The Bandits struck first, but then had two delayed penalties as once. Toronto converted on the five-on-three to tie things, and it is still on the power play with 9:43 left in the first.

By the way, whenever I go on the road, I appreciate the Bandits' game presentation that much more. Other teams' p-a announcers make Buffalo's announcer look calm and reserved.

7:57 p.m. -- Bandits have falled behind, 4-1. Toronto got a breakaway goal in an odd situation, as Buffalo didn't pick up the ball fast enough after a 30-second violation. What else can go wrong? We'll see.

8:11 p.m. -- Buffalo comes back within two (6-4) with goals by Mat Giles and Luke Wiles. It looks as if the Bandits have regained their composure, but six goals in a quarter obviously is too many.

8:18 p.m. -- Buffalo has bounced back a bit. Tracey Kelusky has a couple of goals and is playing quite well. Toronto's lead is 7-5 with 10:13 left in the half.

8:27 p.m. -- We've been going back and forth a bit. Toronto just scored to take a 9-6 lead. There will be a break in the action as Travis Irving of the Bandits engages in a fight with Stephen Hoar. Wouldn't be a game between these two teams without some sort of altercation.

8:36 p.m. -- I'm not sure the Bandits wanted to get in a shootout with Toronto, but that's what they've done. Buffalo trails, 10-8, and Mike Thompson has come on for Anthony Cosmo in goal

8:41 p.m. -- Rock leads at the half, 11-8. Tune into Radio 1520 AM to hear me try to make John Gurtler giggle

9:01 p.m. -- Bandits come out with two goals in 12 seconds to cut the lead to 11-10. Hmmm.

9:11 p.m. -- Make it four straight goals, as the Bandits have taken an 12-11. John Tavares scored the go-ahead goal. New goalie for Toronto -- Pat Campbell has come on. It's pretty unusual for both teams to switch goalies.

9:18 p.m. -- Bandits have a 13-12 lead. Buffalo's season-high for goals this season is 14, set on opening night against Toronto.

9:26 p.m. -- Bandits have a 15-13 lead after three quarters. So much for the old season high in goals.

9:35 p.m. -- Luke Wiles has five goals and two assists while Chad Culp has two goals and five assists. Buffalo has a 16-13 lead with 10:51 left.

9:46 p.m. -- The Bandits are taking out their frustrations. They are up, 19-14, with 6:40 left.

9:59 p.m. -- Bandits running out the clock, with a 21-14 lead. The scoring is 13-3 in the second half

10:02 p.m. -- And that's the way it ends. Dominating performance in the second half.

--- 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.