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Posted: Saturday, 10 May 2014 9:48PM

Bandits Drop Knighthawks 12-8; Lead Series 1-0

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550)  -- The Buffalo Bandits defeated the Rochester Nighthawks 12-8 in game one of the NLL East Finals.

Mark Steenhuis and John Tavares each scored four goals, while Dhane Smith netted a hat trick to lead the Bandits to victory at the First Niagara Center.

Buffalo had a two-goal lead twice in the game, but Rochester rallied back both times in this see-saw battle.  However, the black and orange erupted in the fourth quarter out-scoring the Knighthawks 6-1 to take game one in a best of three series.

If Buffalo wins next week, they will move on to the NLL Finals. Game two will be held next Saturday at 7:30 inside the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

What do you think about the Alonso for McCoy trade?
  Love it. We've added an elite player to the offense.
  I'm not happy. Too much money for a RB and I hate losing Alonso.
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