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Bandits turn focus to Champion's Cup Finals

Posted at 7:57 PM, May 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-22 20:13:43-04

The Bandits are now just two wins away from securing the franchise's fifth championship.

Buffalo was able to rally back to defeat New England 20-15 Saturday night at First Niagara Center to punch their ticket back to the Champions' Cup Final for the first time since 2008.

The Bandits trailed 5-3 at the end of the first quarter but battled back to tie the game at nine right before the half.

For journeyman Chad Culp, who bounced around the league before signing on with the Bandits in 2010, it's the opportunity he's been waiting on for more than a decade.

"It's real exciting. This is my 14th year and I haven’t had a chance yet,” Culp said after the victory.  “It's been a long journey and hopefully I come out victorious."

"It's awesome. Every time, our first goal is to make playoffs, and we made playoffs. We clinched first as well so that was a great opportunity,” Dhane Smith added.  “Now we're in the finals, and we're not done yet."

The Bandits will play the defending champs, Saskatchewan, in the Champion’s Cup Final.  Game 1 of the best of three series begins Saturday, May 28, at First Niagara Center.