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BUFFALO JUNIORS REQUIRE SHOOTOUT TO BEAT ROCHESTER

Benaquist scores twice as Buffalo wins the Tim Horton Memorial Cup

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 9:56 AM / News
By Joe Ray  - Digital Content Intern
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BUFFALO JUNIORS REQUIRE SHOOTOUT TO BEAT ROCHESTER
The first game of the Bowman Cup series required an extra period and more to determine a winner, but the Buffalo high school juniors proved victorious over Rochester with a 4-3 shootout victory.\r\n

The first game of the Bowman Cup series required an extra period and more to determine a winner, but the Buffalo high school juniors proved victorious over Rochester with a 4-3 shootout victory.

Michael Benaquist (West Seneca East) led the way for the Buffalo squad with two goals in the contest, and Adam Tobias (West Seneca West) scored the lone goal in the eight-round shootout.

It took over 10 minutes to find the first goal of the game, but the Rochester juniors opened the scoring with an unassisted goal from Michael Campbell (McQuaid). Campbell outworked the Buffalo defense and buried a backhand past Buffalo goaltender Max Battistoni (Williamsville East).

Rochester extended their first-half lead to two goals at the 13:54 mark of the first period. Battistoni got a piece of a point shot from Cameron Krug (Fairport), but Rochester forward Brandon Corey (Spencerport) buried the puck after it trickled behind the Buffalo netminder.

Buffalo had two excellent chances to break the Rochester shutout late in the first. Benaquist broke free for a breakaway with 5:30 left in the first, but Rochester goaltender Patrick Massey (Penfield) stood tall to make the save.

Four minutes later, Buffalo forward Andrew Husted (Grand Island) got his own chance in close after outworking a Rochester defenseman. However, goaltender Christian Portland (Victor) was up to the task and kept Rochester’s shutout bid intact through the first half.

It took just 46 seconds of the second half for Buffalo to find the back of the Rochester net. Defenseman Brian Wasilewski (West Seneca East) sprung a two-on-one opportunity for Benaquist and Brendan Hart (Hamburg). Benaquist snuck the puck over to Hart, whose return pass found Benaquist alone on the back door for a tap-in goal.

Buffalo’s Sam Rydzewski (North Tonawanda) had a golden opportunity to tie the game just three minutes after the first Buffalo goal, but Portland made a gorgeous save, swatting the puck out of mid-air with his glove just as it was about to cross the goal line.

Rydzewski would not be denied twice in a row, as he buried a rebound past Rochester goaltender Ryan Beutel (Webster Schroeder) at the 9:16 mark of the second half.

When Buffalo needed to gain the lead in the game, it was Benaquist who cashed in after a nice pass from Hart set up a breakaway chance. Buffalo’s lead would be short lived, as Rochester’s Joe Schuler (Schroeder) worked the puck into the Buffalo zone and ripped a wrist shot over the shoulder of goaltender Kyle Painter (North Tonawanda) to tie the game at three. Despite numerous scoring chances over the final eight minutes of regulation, that score carried over into an overtime period.

The goaltenders were the brightest stars in the overtime period, as Beutel and Painter were both required to make a number of point blank saves, including a breakaway stop each way.

Beutel and Painter kept their stellar play going throughout the shootout, as each goaltender stopped the first seven shooters they faced. In the end, though, it was Tobias’ wrist shot that found the back of the net and clinched the Tim Horton Memorial Cup for the Buffalo high school juniors.

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  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
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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

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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