Black Wolves vs. Bandits Game Preview

New England Black Wolves (0-3) vs. Buffalo Bandits (1-2)
At Mohegan Sun Arena
Saturday, January 28th, 7:00 p.m.
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Last Game: New England lost 14-9 to the Swarm on January 20th in Georgia; Buffalo won 21-15 against the Vancouver Stealth at home on January 21st.


Players to Watch: New England – Chad Culp (two goals, two assists), Kevin Crowley (two goals, two assists) and Pat Saunders (two goals, two assists) led the Black Wolves in scoring last week at Georgia. Shawn Evans also added one goal and three assists in the loss.

Buffalo – Ryan Benesch (four goals, five assists) and Mitch Jones (four goals, one assist) led the Bandits in scoring last week at home against Vancouver. Steve Priolo also recorded three goals and three assists in the victory. Davide DiRuscio had 44 saves and only allowed two power play goals.



  • Shawn Evans needs 80 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
  • Pat Saunders and Kevin Crowley lead the Black Wolves in scoring this season with six goals apiece.
  • Evan Kirk is tied for second in the league with 117 saves.
  • Shawn Evans (four goals, 12 assists), Kevin Crowley (eight goals, five assists) and Kevin Buchanan (four goals, eight assists) led the Black Wolves in three games against Buffalo in 2016.
  • Chad Culp needs one more assist to reach 300 career assists.
  • This will be the first time that Chad Culp and New England teammate Jay Thorimbert face their old team, the Buffalo Bandits. Each player signed free agent contracts to play with the Black Wolves this season.
  • Buffalo’s Ryan Benesch (10 goals, 11 assists) is ranked sixth in the league in scoring and third in goals scored on the season.
  • The Bandits were 2-1 against New England in 2016 and finished the season with a 5-4 road record.
  • Dhane Smith (11 goals, 10 assists), Ryan Benesch (six goals, six assists) and Mark Steenhuis (six goals, four assists) led Buffalo in three games against the Black Wolves last year.
  • Steve Priolo (three goals, six assists) leads the league in defensive scoring as well as short-handed goals with three.
  • Buffalo ranks second in the NLL in overall power play with six goals scored on 10 power plays (.600).
  • The Bandits are second in the league in goals scored per game at 14.33.
  • The 21 goals scored by Buffalo Saturday were a league high this season.