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The Albany FireWolves (1-0) defeated the Buffalo Bandits (0-1), 11-10, at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York on Saturday evening.  Despite Buffalo recording 15 more shots on goal, the FireWolves were able to hold off their inner state foes and start the new season on the right foot.

Full statistics from the game can be found here.

ALBANY 3 2 4 2 11
BUFFALO 1 3 3 3 10

Tanner Thomson led the FireWolves offense with 7 total points in the game on 2 goals and 5 assists.  Connor Kelly added 6 points in his debut with the FireWolves, logging 2 goals and 4 assists.  Other new members to Albany Kieran McArdle and Ethan Walker contributed 4 and 3 points each, respectively.  Rookie John Piatelli tallied 3 points in his first career game on 1 shorthanded goal and 2 assists.  Charlie Kitchen and Hiana Thompson each added 2 points in the victory.  Colton Watkinson, John LaFontaine, and Nick Chaykowsky each contributed 1 point to round out the FireWolves scoring.

In net, Doug Jamieson allowed just 10 goals while recording 44 saves.  Buffalo took a total of 54 shots in the game, 15 more than Albany.

Joe Nardella went 15 for 25 from the faceoff dot, scooped up a game-high 17 loose balls, and caused 2 turnovers on the night.  Thomson added to his impressive line with 10 loose ball recoveries.  McArdle and Thompson each recovered 7 loose balls, while Kitchen, Watkinson, LaFontaine, Kelly and Piatelli each scooped up 6.  Kitchen, Kelly, and Chaykowsky each blocked 1 shot in the contest.

Albany capitalized on 2 out of 4 power play opportunities with goals coming from Walker and McArdle.

The FireWolves are back in action for their home-opening game versus the Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday, December 17.  For more information regarding tickets, visit or call/text the FireWolves front office at 518-362-4900.

About Albany FireWolves

The Albany FireWolves is the Capital Region’s very own Professional Box Lacrosse team, playing in the National Lacrosse League out of the MVP Arena in downtown Albany, NY. For more information, contact the Albany FireWolves Front Office at (518) 362-4900 or visit Follow the team on Facebook at, Twitter @AlbFireWolves, and Instagram @AlbFireWolves.

About the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas Desert Dogs, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (TX), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.

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MVP Arena is a full-service entertainment and sports facility featuring a wide variety of family shows, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Owned by Albany County and managed by ASM Global, MVP Arena opened in 1990 and is home to the Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League, the Albany Empire of the National Arena League and the Division I Men’s College Basketball Siena Saints. For more information, please visit

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