Buffalo Sabres Insider App Twitter Facebook

FANS TURNOUT FOR SCRIMMAGE

Thursday, 09.20.2007 / 11:11 AM / Features
X
Share with your Friends


FANS TURNOUT FOR SCRIMMAGE
The Blue squad may have outscored Gold 10-4 Wednesday night, as the Sabres split up for a team scrimmage at HSBC Arena, but for the fans it was a chance to see their favorite team.

The practice was open to the public and many arrived to take a look at the Sabres.

"I think they're going to look exactly the same," said Pat Cegielski of Buffalo. "I think Connolly will step in for Danny [Briere] and we've got a bunch of kids coming up, like [Drew] Stafford, that will step in and make up for a lot of people leaving."

Stafford opened up the scoring for the Blue team on a penalty shot, to make it 1-0 in the first period. For the practice, penalty shots were given instead of power plays so the team could practice shootout situations.

Marek Zagrapan also added a goal on a penalty shot, and Jean-Pierre Allard buried the puck to give to the Blue team a 3-0 lead over Gold.

"I like to see a bunch of the kids from Rochester, just to watch and see how they're doing- to see who might be on the team and who might not make the team," Cegielski added. You get to see a lot of the guys you wouldn't get to see once the regular season starts."

Other fans were there to see their favorite veteran players.

"I just wanted to see the team and see how they're doing and everything. I like [Thomas] Vanek, he's hustling out there and [Derek] Roy is doing pretty good," said 15-year-old Steve Owen of Lancaster.

"We came for my son and his friend. They are big Sabres fans. They love [Jason] Pominville and Ryan Miller," said Kathy Juenker of Amherst.

"I like Max [Afinogenov], said Nick Baranowski, 6, of Lakeviw. When asked why his answer was simple. "Because I have his jersey," he said.

"I'm impressed with [Dylan] Hunter, he looks good," said Nick's father, Rich Baranowski. "The first few goals he had were really nice."

Hunter added two goals for the Gold team in the second period, both assisted by Clarke MacArthur.

Mark Mancari scored a pair of goals for Blue, as did Michael Ryan and Phillipe Gogolla. Roy also added a goal for Blue.

In addition to Hunter, scoring for the Gold team were Jaroslav Spacek and Patrick Kaleta.

"They've got the spunk in their legs and they're ready to go. Everybody and the whole team is going to step up," said Don Truitt of Ransomville. "With all the veterans, you have a good crew there that are all bonded together and they are going to be good."

Fans will have the chance to see the Sabres play in their first preseason game 7 p.m. Friday at HSBC Arena, against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tickets are half-price for children and available online and at all Ticketmaster locations.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82