While the Bills are in a long playoff drought and the Sabres just missed the playoffs after a pair of great seasons, it's nice to see that Buffalo has one team that consistently makes the playoffs. The Buffalo Bandits, for the second time in three seasons, earned homefield throughout the playoffs and they are looking for a better ending than the Champions Cup loss 2 seasons ago.
They started off their playoff run with a matchup against their division rivals, the Philadelphia Wings. An OT loss in Philly early in the season was followed up by a blowout win in midseason at HSBC Arena for the Bandits. Their round 1 matchup started off poorly with a 4-1 deficit midway through the first quarter. The game was back and forth with the Bandits coming out on top in the end thanks to Mike Accursi's 4 goals in a 14-12 victory.
Also in playoff form were the NLL's premier dance team, the Buffalo Bandettes. They started off the gameday with a hectic autograph session and were lucky enough to escape the crowds in time to get ready for the game. Short a pair of girls, the remaining squad members stepped things up and kept the crowd going with rousing performances on the field during intermissions as well as during the game in section 113.
Here are some pics of the beautiful Bandettes from gameday. http://s17.photobucket.com/albums/b87/bandettes/2008/Rd1/
Next up for the Bandits and Bandettes is the Divisional Finals at HSBC Arena Saturday, March 10th. Faceoff is at 7:30 pm against the winner of the Titans-Swarm matchup and be sure to get there early as the Bandettes will be signing autographs between 6-7 pm at the top of the east bank of escalators.