Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Bandettes at the Bandits-Wings Game

After a loss in Rochester last week, the Bandits returned home to First Niagara Center to face off against the only team to have beaten them at home this season, the Philadelphia Wings who pulled off a 17-13 win in the season opener. The Bandits did get a measure of revenge in beating Philly in THEIR home opener a couple of weeks later but this was the chance to take the season series in the 3rd and final game of the regular season. Not wanting there to be any doubt who the better team was, the Bandits took an early lead and never looked back, led by the stellar goaltending of Anthony Cosmo, they pulled out a 13-7 win that wasn't as close as that score indicated. The strong play on both ends of the floor by the Bandits showed there was no hangover from last week's loss. The only issue to worry about now is the schedule. With the next two weeks off, the next game not taking place until March 8, Buffalo just has to hope the downtime doesn't break the momentum of the strong 6-2 season so far.
L.B.'s line posing for a Valentine's Day card
Kirsten's line and Erin posing for a photo in their matching shirts
I got to the arena in plenty of time to see the girls before they headed in to get ready for the game, visiting with Ashley and Lauren briefly downstairs before checking in with L.B.'s line and with Kirsten's line, grabbing a few photos before heading down to the game. With Ashley coming up as Bandette of The Week in a couple of weeks, I had to make a special request to get her to pose for a pic during the game, and I got her pal Chelsea to help with that. With Kirsten's line, I made sure to check in with Mandy and with Stephanie because of their Bandette of the Week write-ups..since there was a lot of great feedback on each of them.
Kelsey, LB, Cheri, Brianna, Mandy, and Lauren

performing during pregame
After my buddy and I got to our seats, we got some time to relax and see some of the shoot-around before the Bandettes came out to first, pose for pics as Kelsey got the ball rolling in getting some shots taken, and to perform for the fans.
Mandy and Chrissy

Stephanie and Kirsten
Mandy, Chrissy, and MaKenzie
Amanda and Kelsey
Kirsten photobombing a pic of LB, Stephanie, Ashley, and Chelsea
Chrissy cheering on a goal
Mandy, Chrissy, and Stephanie
What isn't widely known is that, when video is shot of the Bandettes performing, it's not a random selection. Besides grabbing a few photos, when I visit with the lines before the game, the captains let me know which dances are new or otherwise important. Usually they're on the same page on them but while they agreed on one of the dances last night, there was a disagreement on the other. To make sure everyone was happy, I filled both requests. When you consider how much joy the Bandettes bring to fans of all ages, they deserve some in return. See all the pics at

Next up, the Bandits and Bandettes have a couple weeks off from game action before returning to action March 8 when the Minnesota Swarm comes to Buffalo for the 1st of 3 games this season.

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