Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Bandettes in action at the Bandits-Swarm Game

After nearly a month on the road, at long last it was time to return to Banditland for another Buffalo Bandits NLL Game. With a 2-2 record coming in, the season is nearly a quarter of the way over and the overall direction of the season is still up in the air. With the legendary John Tavares placed on IR, other players were going to have to continue to step up in his absence at least until he returns.
In the Bandits' return to the First Niagara Center, it was proven once again that no lead is absolutely safe in the NLL. The hometown team jumped out to early leads of 5-2 and 12-3 before the Swarm started putting up a real fight, pulling to within 3 as the Bandits' scoring touch seemed to fall off. Luckily for the Bandits, they found enough of a scoring touch again and were able to hold off the Swarm's charge enough to escape with a 15-12 win in their 1st of 2 games on the weekend.
Lauren's line with Hawkman and Iron Man
Mandy's line
I got to the gates shortly after they opened to the fans, a number of whom were dressed up as superheros as part of Superhero night in Banditland. Manning the booths just inside the gates selling programs were rookie Melanie and reigning Bandette of The Week Cheri. After talking to each briefly (Melanie feels a lot more at ease as a Bandette after having already gone through one game already) and grabbing a few photos before heading upstairs to see the rest of the girls. I grabbed a few photos of Lauren's line, including with some fans dressed up as Hawkman, Iron Man, Batman, and Captain America. I talked to Erin briefly and she's hopeful that the Bandettes' page on the Bandits site will be up-to-date very soon. I then went over to spend a bit of time with Mandy's line, including Brianna, back in action after having to miss the opener due to illness. After spending 2013 as an Ambassador and having to cut her 2014 season short, she has no intention of missing another game.
Brittany, Chrissy, and Melanie
Chrissy, Mandy, MaKenzie, and Janelle posing together before 1st intermission
Abby happily watching the Bandits in the lead
Chrissy may not seek out the camera a lot but she never says no when she's
asked to pose, this time by her captain, Mandy
Chrissy, Jennifer, Melanie, and a very happy Brianna

Brittany, Lauren, Janelle, and LaToya finish off their 3rd intermission performance
See all the pics from last night's game at
Next up, the Bandits travel to Rochester on January 31 and to Calgary on February 7th before returning back to Banditland to face the Rochester Knighthawks on February 14th!
Before the Bandettes are back in action in Banditland, they have an appearance coming up as Abby, MaKenzie, and Chrissy will be joining Ryan Benesch, Dhane Smith, and Brandon Goodwin of the Bandits at the annual Buffalo Auto Show from 6-7pm on Thursday, February 5.

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