TORONTO — The Buffalo Bandits fell to 1-4 Friday, dropping a road game to Toronto, 18-10, at Air Canada Centre.

The Rock (3-1) jumped out to a 10-3 lead just before halftime and never trailed after an early 2-2 tie. Toronto’s Tom Schreiber led the way with 10 points on three goals and seven assists, Stephan Leblanc had nine points on two goals and seven assists and Brett Hickey added three goals and four assists.

Toronto goalie Nick Rose made 38 saves against 48 shots on goal.

Four Bandits tied for a team-high with three points each: Mark Steenhuis (three assists), Ryan Benesch (two assists), Brad Self (three assists) and Alex Kedoh Hill (two goals). Forward Dhane Smith, the 2016 league MVP, scored two goals in his return from injury.

Goalie Davide Diruscio took the loss, allowing 10 goals on 34 shots after relieving Anthony Cosmo, who stopped 18 of Toronto’s first 26 shots over nearly 20 minutes.

The reeling Bandits will get an extra week to fix their struggles, returning to KeyBank Arena Friday, Feb. 17, to play New England on “Hometown Heroes night”.

NOTES: The Bandits have announced several theme nights, including Native American Night set for Friday, March 3, against Rochester.

At the game, the Bandits will present a $1,000 scholarship to “a student of Native American descent living in Western New York or Southern Ontario.” The game will also feature traditional Native American music and dance ceremonies.

Through a special ticket offer, seats in the 100 Level ends discounted to $25, and seats in the 300 level set at $15 with a portion from each ticket will benefiting the Native American Community Services. The ticket offer can be redeemed at

The Bandits are currently accepting applications for the scholarship, which is open only to students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university. Those eligible to apply for the Buffalo Bandits Native American Scholarship should send an application along with the following:

-- Completed application form (can be found online here)

-- A copy of the student’s most recent transcripts

-- A letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor or employer

-- A one-page essay describing why the student should be awarded this scholarship and what it would mean to him or her.

A selection committee composed of members of the Buffalo Bandits organization will choose the scholarship winner. The winner will be notified and should be available to accept the scholarship at a ceremony held at the Bandits game at KeyBank Center on March 3.

The application with all accompanying documentation must be received no later than Wednesday, Feb. 22. Applications may be sent via mail to Buffalo Bandits Native American Scholarship Fund, 1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203, Attn: Scott Loffler.

For more information, please contact Scott Loffler at 716-855-4184 or via email at

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