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Bandits Season Ends Early

After an impressive season, the Bandits were taken out by the New York Titans in an uncharacteristically low-scoring game.  The Bandits offense, whose lowest goal total of the season to that point had been 6, managed only 3 goals on New York’s Matt Vinc in the 9-3 loss.

Buffalo’s stars John Tavares and Mark Steenhuis were noticeably quiet in the contest, managing only two assists each.  Steenhuis was especially befuddled, as his game-leading 15 shots on goal were unable to beat Vinc.  Frustration came into play as the game continued when Buffalo took several late-game penalties, four of which in the 4th quarter, icing the win for New York.  The third quarter injury to Bandits netminder Ken Montour wasn’t a factor; backup Mike Thompson only allowed 1 goal during his 15 minutes at the pipes.

The Titans gave the Bandits season-long troubles, beating them in every meeting this season and outscoring them 31-21 in the three combined games.  In fact, they were the only team to sweep the Bandits this year. 

Despite the loss, it was a respectable season for the Bandits.  Here’s to another long postseason run in 2010.

(Cover photo: Titans celebrate win. Courtesy of www.NLL.com.)

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