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JR. SABRES FELLED BY BRUINS IN QUEBEC

Sabres drop 2-1 OT decision in elimination game against Burnaby

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 1:50 PM / News
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JR. SABRES FELLED BY BRUINS IN QUEBEC
It was do-or-die for the 12U Buffalo Jr. Sabres on Wednesday when they faced the Burnaby (BC) Bruins in an elimination game at the Quebec International Peewee Tournament.

It was do-or-die for the 12U Buffalo Jr. Sabres on Wednesday when they faced the Burnaby (BC) Bruins in an elimination game at the Quebec International Peewee Tournament. The Jr. Sabres brought a 3-0-1 team record into the game, while the full-season Bruins sported a 40-3 mark as the top-ranked team in Western Canada. The Bruins would prevail in the end, moving on with a hard-fought 2-1 OT win.

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Burnaby got off to a fast start scoring on a scramble in front of the net early the first period. They continued with a relentless attack but Buffalo goaltender Robbie Nuchereno made numerous big saves to keep Buffalo in the game and trailing by just one heading into the first intermission.

Buffalo brought the game even early in the second period courtesy of a Case McCarthy power play goal. Buffalo missed a few chances early, but McCarthy unleashed a blast past Burnaby netminder Georgi Wilson to make it 1-1. Rochester native Eli Devereaux picked up the lone assist on McCarthy’s goal.

Goaltending was the story of the game, as Nuchereno kept Buffalo in the game with countless big stops. Things got dicey for Buffalo late when defenseman Sydney Bard (Syracuse) was sent to the box with less than three minutes remaining when a Burnaby player stepped on her stick. But with their backs against the wall, Buffalo’s penalty kill was top notch as they killed the penalty to keep game locked at 1-1 heading into overtime.

Nuchereno came up big with a number of key saves early in overtime to keep it deadlocked at 1-1. But with just over two minutes left in overtime as both teams were battling for the puck, Buffalo forward Chase Nicholson to the box on a questionable call for body checking. Burnaby had a golden opportunity to end the game during the early stages of the man advantage, but Bard likely saved a goal with desperation shot block. Burnaby’s power play however proved to be too much as Julian Santalucia scored on a scrum in front of the net with just 1:24 left in overtime to advance and end the tournament for The Jr. Sabres.

“Just take a look through the program and you see Burnaby has put out dozens of current NHL players so we knew we would have our hands full,” said assistant coach Ed Grudzinski. “These kids proved that a team from Western New York could compete with any team in the world. I am very proud of their success and told the players they have no reason to hang their heads.”

The team will play an additional exhibition game Thursday afternoon against Whitby before returning home to their full-season teams. Although falling short of their ultimate goal the 12U Buffalo Jr. Sabres were very successful and continue to display the caliber of Western New York hockey when matched against the world best players. Until next year, that’s all from Quebec.

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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