Bandits Win Off Huge Third Quarter, 16-9

The Buffalo Bandits broke open a 7-7 Halftime time with a huge 7-0 third stanza to seize control over the defending NLL Champion, Calgary Roughnecks.


A back and forth opening quarter saw Dhane Smith (3g,6a) put one by Christian Del Bianco on the man up at the 5:18 mark with helpers going to Josh Byrne and Chris Cloutier.

Calgary had an answer supplied by Jesse King (2g,4a) just over three minutes later.

The back and forth continued when Josh Byrne (4g, 3a) buried a transition set fueled by Matt Vinc and Justin Robinson at 10:50.

Once again, the Roughnecks had a response, and it would be King once again with help from Dan Taylor (1a) and Curtis Dickson to close the opening quarter at a 2-2 game.


Josh Byrne and rookie,Tanner Cook (1g) exchanged markers to keep it knotted at 3-3.

Tehoka Nanticoke (3g) pushed it to 4-3 Buffalo

Del Bianco added a second helper when he hit Zack Currier (1g) at 4:43 to Knott things up again.

Haidan Dickson (1g) put Calgary up, 5-4.

The Bandits got their legs with Nanticoke, Dhane Smith and Chris Cloutier (1g, 2a) each getting the best of CDB to switch the lead to the Buffalo favor at 7-5.

The man they call, “Superman” Curtis Dickson (4g, 1a) put two past Matt Vinc thirty seconds apart with the second on the advantage, to end the entertaining half with a 7-7 score.

The Game Would Change

After the very even first half, the Bandits found their MOJO and took complete control with a seven goal quarter.

Byrne, Connor Fields (4g, 1a), Tehoka Nanticoke (3g), Chase Fraser (1g, 3a), Byrne and Fields again and finally, Dhane Smith turned a 7-7 game into a 14-7 Buffalo domination.

How is this for production? Dhane Smith had a hand in all seven tallies with a goal and half dozen helpers.

Wind it down Time?

Calgary wasn’t going quietly into the night and cut it 14-9 courtesy of Curtis Dickson scoring a man advantage goal followed by Dickson again at even strength set up by Liam LeClair (1a).

Connor Fields said, “Hold my beer” and rattled off a pair of his own to close the scoring on an impressive 16-9 Buffallo win.

More Schtuff

Calgary went 2 for 5 with Buffalo 1 for 5 on the man advantage.

Calgary had the advantage I’m shots on goal, 58-43. Matt Vinc stopped 49 Roughnecks chances.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.