BUFFALO, N.Y. — When the Bandits won the NLL Championship back in 2008, it was a winner-take-all, one game for the title.
Now it's a best-of-three series which is great news for Buffalo to get another chance after losing game one, 10-7 to Calgary at home.
The Bandits now face a must-win situation next week in Calgary in order to bring the series back to Buffalo on May 31st for a shot at the title.
After a defensive battle in the first half, things really picked up in the second. It was tied 2-2 at halftime thanks to some outstanding goaltending on both sides.
Then the Roughnecks really opened things up after scoring three straight goals in the fourth quarter to take a 9-4 lead. But lacrosse is a game of runs and we saw that tonight.
Josh Byrne finally stopped the bleeding to make it 9-5 and then Buffalo ripped off three straight goals of their own to make it 9-7.
But that's as close as they came to a comeback as the rally fell short.
Up next, they're in Calgary next Saturday, May 25th at 9 p.m.