MORNING SHOOTAROUND UPDATE
By Joe Ray - Bandits.com
The Buffalo Bandits return home following a three-game road trip which resulted in losses to the Edmonton Rush, Minnesota Swarm, and Vancouver Stealth. Buffalo will look to rebound as they host the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday at 7 p.m at First Niagara Center.
During the road trip, the Bandits suffered from a lack of discipline, as their opponents’ power play units were major difference makers in each contest. The Bandits know what is required to get back to playing winning lacrosse.
“We’ve gotten away from what’s made us successful,” Bandits head coach Troy Cordingley said. “Number one, discipline; we’ve been very undisciplined, we’ve gotten back to the old ways. We just need to do what we need to do. We just need to keep our mouths shut and do what has to be done.”
With a healthy lineup, the Bandits’ top priority against Calgary is to tighten up and rediscover the brand of lacrosse that made them successful earlier this season.
“We just have to be prepared to play and do what we have to do to make us successful,” Cordingley said. “We can’t get away from that, and if we do, well … the last three games we’ve lost, so the proof is in the pudding.
“We have to do the little things, and the rest will take care of itself.”
By Alex Pagliano - Bandits.com
The Calgary Roughnecks return to Buffalo for just the second time since 2003 on Saturday as the Bandits host the second-best team in the NLL West at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center.
Things have gone awry for the Bandits over the past two weeks, but the team is confident a greater emphasis during practice on returning to fundamentals should remedy that.
"Some of our play was reminiscent of last year," Bandits general manager Steve Dietrich said. "That has been addressed. Calgary's a good team and we're going to have to bring our A-game on Saturday to have a chance."
Of note, the Bandits have struggled staying out of the box lately. As teams score on almost every other power-play chance, giving up eight-to-10 power plays per game becomes an issue regardless of the strength of the penalty kill.
"Our man-down unit has been good, but when you give up, I think Vancouver had 11 power play looks, goals are bound to fall," Dietrich said. "That has been addressed at practice this week."
The offense has also struggled to find the back of the net on a consistent basis.
"We're not going to win if we cannot get production from our left side," Dietrich said. "Our left side has a tremendous amount of talent and they're going to have to regroup going into Saturday night."
But one constant has been prevalent. The play of Anthony Cosmo has been tremendous, even amidst a growing number of shots on goal during the losing streak.
"Anthony has been our team MVP this season. He's kept us in every game," Dietrich said. "But, without a doubt, we're not going to win many games when we give up 60 or more shots. We need to do a better job of limiting chances, particularly second and third chances."
Calgary plays at Philadelphia on Friday. The Bandits have not lost this season when facing a team playing the back end of a two-game set.
For the third consecutive week, the Bandits can also clinch a postseason berth. The Bandits can clinch with a victory or with one loss from either Toronto or Minnesota this weekend. Losses could certainly put them in, but the Bandits would rather take care of business at home, particularly on “Tucker Out Lymphoma Night.”
"It's going to be an emotional night. As a family, all of us have taken this on together," Dietrich added. "It'd be nice to get that home win to clinch a playoff spot, but also for Tucker, too."
Details on events being held throughout the night to benefit forward Shawn Williams’ son Tucker, who is battling Lymphoma, can be found here.