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GABRIEL'S OT SNIPE SEALS WIN FOR BUFFALO

Buffalo Jr./Prep squad takes home the Rick Martin Memorial Cup

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 9:49 AM / News
By Joe Ray  - Digital Content Intern
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GABRIEL\'S OT SNIPE SEALS WIN FOR BUFFALO
The highest level of competition during the Bowman Cup series is at the prep\/junior level, and Buffalo and Rochester provided an electrifying contest that required an extra period to complete. Buffalo emerged on top by a score of 4-3 in overtime, completing the sweep of all three games in Wednesday\u2019s action at First Niagara Center.

The highest level of competition during the Bowman Cup series is at the prep/junior level, and Buffalo and Rochester provided an electrifying contest that required an extra period to complete. Buffalo emerged on top by a score of 4-3 in overtime, completing the sweep of all three games in Wednesday’s action at First Niagara Center.

Josh Gabriel (Buffalo Jr. Sabres Jr. A) scored the game-winning goal 2:02 into overtime and added an assist on the tying goal. Aaron Reinig (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U), Dennis Gilbert (Buffalo Jr. Sabres Jr. A) and Eric Szczecinski (Nichols) also scored for the victorious Buffalo squad.

The first goal of this contest was scored by Rochester after a fast-paced opening. Brandon Hutchison (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U) advanced the puck into the Buffalo zone while dodging three defenders before burying a backhand past Buffalo goaltender Anthony Tirabassi (Nichols).

With Rochester defenseman Ryan Fritz in the penalty box for cross-checking, Buffalo used the power play to tie the game. Buffalo’s Michael Ederer (Buffalo Jr. Sabres Jr. A) used some crafty work along the boards to free up Reinig, whose wrist shot made it through multiple skaters and Rochester goaltender Jordan Severo (Bell Tire 18U).

The high-flying first half continued as Buffalo took their first lead of the contest at the 16:26 mark of the first half. As forward Ben Sharf (Loomis Chaffee) carried the puck over the Rochester blue line, Gilbert rushed into the play and snapped a shot past goaltender Shane Fuller (Rochester Americans 18U).

The Buffalo lead would be short lived, as it took just 48 seconds for Rochester to bring the game back to a tie. Off a two-on-one, Rochester’s Teddy McCabe (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U) fed Anthony DePetres (Aquinas) with a pass across the slot, and DePetres capitalized, putting a shot past Buffalo goaltender Tucker Weppner (Avon Old Farms) low to the glove side.

While the action continued at both ends, Rochester was able to put a second goal past Weppner. Brandon Henshaw found the puck behind the net and was able to sneak a shot in between the left post and Weppner after a number of attempts.

Rochester would hold the lead about eight more minutes, but a cross checking penalty to Nick Boyd gave Buffalo another chance on the power play. In need of a tying goal, Buffalo found it from Szczecinski. Set up by Joe Cecconi (Muskegon - USHL) and Gabriel, the goal turned out to be the last one of regulation.

While Buffalo had tied the game and could have played for overtime, they continued to find quality scoring chances from Jake Smith (Nichols) and Cameron Radziwon (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U).

Rochester goaltender Lawson Fenton (Rochester Americans 18U) was phenomenal over the final seven minutes of regulation and overtime, but in the end it was Gabriel whose game-winning goal on a heavy wrist shot secured the Rick Martin Memorial Cup for the Buffalo prep/junior team.

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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