Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fastest/Slowest First Goal in Bandits' game (2005 to 2019)

It took more than seven minutes for someone to score in Game One of the NLL Finals of 2016 between the Bandits and Rush. I received a tweet from a fan wondering if that was some sort of record.

And so, as a public service, I'm looking. It turns out the first goal in the first game of the final came later than any goal in more than two years, so our loyal reader was on to something.

Let's take a look at all recent Bandit games, including playoffs, starting with the fastest opening goal:

Time - Scorer - Team - Date
0:05 - G. Snider - Philadelphia - 1/26/08
0:07 - M. Hominuck - Buffalo - 1/26/13
0:09 - J. Walters - Rochester - 3/14/09
0:10 - D. Westervelt - Philadelphia - 1/3/09
0:11 - J. Thorimbert - Buffalo - 5/21/16*
0:13 - A. Malcom - Buffalo - 4/19/16
0:13 - M. Steenhuis - Buffalo - 3/21/09
0:13 - A. Iannucci - Philadelphia - 3/1/08
0:13 - T. Hoffarth - Vancouver - 1/21/17
0:13 - J. Byrne - Buffalo - 2/9/18
0:15 - C. Jamieson - Rochester - 3/10/12

And now the slowest opening goal:

Time - Scorer - Team - Date
18:21 - J. Resetarits - Buffalo - 3/23/14
12:14 - M. Steenhuis - Buffalo - 3/13/10
11:26 - J. Crosbie - Buffalo - 4/9/06*
10:51 - J. Walters - Rochester - 2/8/14
 9:52 - J. Tavares - Buffalo - 4/16/05
 9:44 - T. Kelusky - Calgary - 4/9/05
 9:26 - J. Crosbie - Buffalo - 3/4/05
 8:29 - J. Tavares - Buffalo - 8:29 - 2/11/07
 8:09 - K. Beirnes - Minnesota - 3/4/06
 7:51 - M. Matthews - Saskatchewan - 5/28/16*

* - Playoff game

Let's take this a step further. What's the longest wait for a goal that the Bandits or their opponents have had in this era? It will take a little while to go back through the years, so be patient. But here are the numbers, first for the Bandits' waits from the 2011 season to the 2018-19 season:

Time - Scorer - Opponent - Date
38:39 - Steenhuis - Rochester - 2/8/14
23:59 - Dostie - New York 5/9/09*
22:17 - Benesch - Toronto - 1/10/14
20:51 - Smith - Rochester - 3/4/17
20:12 - Jones - Rochester - 2/24/18
18:56 - Smith - Saskatchewan - 1/19/18
18:21 - Resetarits - Minnesota - 3/23/14
17:13 - Malcom - Saskatchewan - 5/28/16*
17:09 - Brock - Rochester - 2/9/13
17:07 - Malcom - Toronto - 4/14/17

And here's the list for the wait by a Bandits' opponent:

Time - Scorer - Team - Date
24:40 - Grant - Colorado - 3/15/14
23:16 - McCready - Rochester - 1/25/14
22:24 - Jones - Colorado - 3/9/13
21:37 - Doyle - Toronto - 5/5/12*
20:43 - Leblanc - Toronto - 5/1/10*
20:22 - Crawford - Minnesota - 3/23/14
19:58 - Small - Vancouver - 1/13/18
17:52 - Fines - Minnesota - 1/24/09
16:52 - Buchanan - Philadelphia - 2/15/14
16:02 - McLaughlin - Colorado - 2/2/19

* - Playoff game

Updated through March 23, 2019

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

NLL Attendance Average and Leaders

Let's see how the National Lacrosse League is doing in terms of attendance over the years, at least as far back as the website goes:

Year - Average
2018-19 - 9,596
2017-18 - 9,411
2017 - 9,454
2016 - 9,152
2015 - 8,970
2014 - 9,430
2013 - 9,437
2012 - 9,469
2011 - 9,322
2010 - 9,559
2009 - 10,018
2008 - 10,475
2007 - 10,293
2006 - 10,703
2005 - 10,236

And what was the league leader's number? The Rush led the way, but its number (again) was the lowest since at least 2005.

Year - Team - Average
2018-19 - Saskatchewan - 13,459
2017-18 - Saskatchewan - 14,639
2017 - Buffalo- 15,148
2016 - Buffalo - 15,833
2015 - Colorado - 14,787
2014 - Colorado - 15,706
2013 - Buffalo - 15,620
2012 - Buffalo - 15,918
2011 - Buffalo - 17,095
2010 - Buffalo - 16,604
2009 - Buffalo - 17,946
2008 - Colorado - 17,464
2007 - Colorado - 16,794
2006 - Colorado - 16,543
2005 - Toronto - 17,123

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