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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