Blogs | 2/19/2014 3:36:34 PM | John Gurtler

I thought I would wait a couple of days after the Buffalo Bandits’ 13-7 victory over the Philadelphia Wings to pen this blog. 

I wanted to get a feel for the strangeness it is to know this team will be away from the competition for almost three weeks. The team doesn’t play again until it hosts the Minnesota Swarm on March 8.

The Bandits are playing extremely well and Saturday night’s game was reflective of a full 60-minute game with all sticks at work and – most notably – from the large webbing of goaltender Anthony Cosmo.  I think he played an exceptional game and by the looks and poise of his position, he’s going to play even better.

But what about this two-week break?  Right when the team was clicking on all cylinders with four-game winning streak at home and a 6-2 record overall, boom! They’re off for a couple. 

It’s a heck of a way for the rest of the loop to catch up and all we can do is watch.

The team has this week off and is then back to work on Feb. 22. 

It’s great we have the Winter Olympics to watch and the timing couldn’t have been better for Netflix to release the second season of their smash hit “House of Cards.” The problem is I will tear through those episodes as an antidote for Bandit games withdrawal. 

I just love to get to the rink and feel the action.  But for two weeks? Right when things were going 212?

Looking ahead, plan your schedule for the four remaining regular season games with the Bandits.  It will be great to have two back-to-back home games when the team comes back from the Forest of Bye on March 8.

It will be "Native American Night" as we celebrate the game’s roots.  In addition to the special activities planned, the night will include traditional Native American music and dance ceremonies. 

Most importantly will be the presentation of a $1,000 scholarship award to a student of Native American descent living in Western New York or Southern Ontario. 

There is still time to send in the application for the scholarship, which is only open to students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university.  If you’re interested in the scholarship, you can find out more information here.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 28.


Also, mark your calendar for Saturday April 5 when the Calgary Roughnecks pay their first visit ever to Buffalo. That night, the Bandits will also host “Tucker Out Lymphoma Night,” in support of Shawn Williams’ son, Tucker, who is fighting Stage III Burkitt Lymphoma. 

Multiple events and fund raisers will be featured throughout the evening and the Bandits will be wearing special jerseys both in the first and second halves.  The Bandits jerseys will be predominately orange and will feature both the “Braver Than Brave” word mark and a ribbon that symbolizes Lymphoma awareness.

Tucker's name will be "’hidden’ in there” as well.  The jerseys will then be auctioned off at

“Braver than Brave” T-shirts and hats will also be autographed by individual Bandit players and sold throughout the arena.

There’s plenty of action to look forward to once we get out of this two-week funk of no Bandits lacrosse. 

The strangeness of it all. 

VS.  Calgary Roughnecks
 January 09, 2016 - 07:30 PM 1 2 3 4 F
 Calgary Roughnecks 0 0 0 0 0
 Buffalo Bandits 0 0 0 0 0