Sunday, January 21, 2018

Biggest Second-Half Comebacks in Bandits' History (2005-2018)

Earlier, the biggest fourth-quarter comebacks were covered on this blog. Let's try for the second half of games to see how the 2018 game in Saskatchewan measures up. The available gamesheets don't go back to the beginning, but they do give us a snapshot. It seems a six-goal, second-half rally hasn't happened since 2009.

The same rules apply - the team has to win the game and not just tie it at some point in order to make the list. Goals refer to the lead at halftime:

Goals - Date - Opponent - Final Score
6 - 1/19/18 - @Saskatchewan - 16-15o
6 - 2/20/09 - @Toronto - 17-16o
4 - 1/10/14 - Toronto - 12-10
3 - 4/14/17 - @Toronto - 13-8
3 - 3/16/12 - @Toronto - 21-14
3 - 2/16/08 - Minnesota - 16-14
3 - 4/9/05 - @Calgary - 14-9
3 - 4/16/05 - San Jose - 13-10
2 - 2/19/17 - @New England - 16-15o
2 - 3/13/15 - Toronto - 15-12
2 - 1/12/13 - Minnesota - 13-12
2 - 1/12/08 - @Rochester - 14-9
2 - 3/18/06 - @Rochester - 14-13
2 - 4-14-06 - Philadelphia - 8-7
2 - 1/28/05 - @Philadelphia - 15-10

We also have to do blown leads. 

Goals - Date - Opponent - Final Score 
4 - 3/1/13 - Philadelphia - 11-10o
3 - 3/25/17 - @Rochester - 11-10
3 - 4/5/14 - Calgary - 15-13
3 - 4/16/10 - @Orlando - 9-7
3 - 4/18/09 - Boston - 13-12
3 - 3/19/05 - @Rochester - 12-11o
2 - 4/15/17 - @Georgia - 17-16
2 - 2/19/16 - @Toronto - 14-12
2 - 2/20/16 - Georgia - 19-15
2 - 4/15/16 - @Toronto - 12-9
2 - 1/23/15 - @Toronto - 13-11
2 - 1/13/07 - @Colorado - 11-10o
2 - 1/7/05 - Toronto - 15-13

The Bandits, oddly enough, did not play in another game after the Saskatchewan rally in which a team trailed at halftime and still won the game. 

o - Indicates overtime

Updated through May 11, 2018

Biggest Fourth-Quarter Comebacks by Bandits (2005-2018)

Lacrosse fans may have noticed that the Bandits trailed Saskatchewan, 6-0, after the first period of their game on Jan. 19. They also trailed, 12-5, in the third period. Yet Buffalo rallied to win the game, 16-15.

That raised a question - how great a comeback is that?

We don't have all the game scoring sheets for Bandits' games; they only go back to 2005. And - let's face it - it would be really tough to go through every single goal and game in team history to see if there was a bigger comeback.

But there is a simpler way to make something of a judgment. What was the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in recent years? Let's take a look back a bit and see; keep in mind that you have to win the game and not just tie it at some point to make this list:

Goals - Date - Opponent - Final Score
4 - 1/19/18 - @Saskatchewan - 16-15o
3 - 3/13/15 - Toronto - 15-12
3 - 2/28/13 - @Toronto - 15-13
2 - 1/12/13 - Minnesota - 13-12
2 - 2/20/09 - @Toronto - 17-16o
1 - 4/2/16 - @Georgia - 18-14
1 - 2/23/16 - @Rochester - 15-13
1 - 2/7/15 - @Calgary - 15-14o
1 - 3/18/14 - Minnesota - 12-9
1 - 1/19/13 - @Rochester - 14-13
1 - 3/13/10 - @Boston - 9-8
1 - 2/24/07 - Philadelphia - 9-8
1 - 3/18/06 - @Rochester - 14-13o
1 - 4/14/06 - Philadelphia - 8-7

Since we already are looking up things, let's do the biggest blown leads in the fourth quarter as well. The same rules apply:

Goals - Date - Opponent - Final Score
4 - 2/21/15 - @Rochester - 13-12o
3 - 3/25/17 - @Rochester - 11-10
3 - 4/5/14 - Calgary - 16-13
2 - 4/29/17 - Toronto - 19-15
2 - 3/1/13 - Philadelphia - 11-10o
2 - 1/27/12 - Philadelphia - 13-10
2 - 3/19/05 - @Rochester - 12-11o
2 - 4/1/05 - Rochester - 11-9
2 - 4/16/05 - San Jose - 13-10
1 - 4/15/17 - @Georgia - 17-16
1 - 2/20/16 - Georgia - 19-15
1 - 3/14/15 - @Toronto - 11-10o
1 - 2/6/10 - Toronto - 14-10
1 - 2/6/09 - @Philadelphia - 13-11
1 - 2/10/08 - @New York - 10-9o

By the way, the Bandits did not play another game in 2018 after the Saskatchewan contest in which a team that was trailing after three quarters rallied to win. 

o - indicates overtime game

Updated through May 11, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Most goals allowed by Bandits in back-to-back games

Buffalo allowed at least 20 goals in two straight games early in the 2017-18. That's never been done before. But was the 41-goal total a record number for the Bandits in back-to-back games? No, but it was close. Let's examine the list:

No. - Season - Opponents
42 - 1992 - New York and Detroit
41 - 2018 - Rochester and Toronto
40 - 1992- New York and New York
39 - 1999 - Philadelphia and Baltimore
39 - 2013 - Toronto and Minnesota
39 - 2017 - Georgia and Toronto
38 - 2000 - Toronto and Syracuse
38 - 2000 - Syracuse and Albany
37 - 2001 - Rochester and New York
37 - 2016 - Georgia and Saskatchewan
37 - 2017 - Georgia and Georgia

Seasons such as 2017-18 are called 2018 here.
Updated as of May 11, 2018

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