MANNHEIM, GERMANY --- Tyler Ennis
scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres closed the book on their preseason schedule with a 8-3 win over the Adler Mannheim Eagles before a raucous crowd of 13,600 at SAP Arena.
Ennis opened the scoring at 7:18 of the first when he slid the puck between the pads of Eagles netminder Fred Brathwaite after being sprung free at the blueline on a pass from Mike Weber
. He put the Sabres up by a pair just over four minutes later when he banged home a Ville Leino
rebound from the side of the crease into the yawning cage.
The newly formed trio of Ennis, Leino and Brad Boyes
each got on the scoreboard tonight, and at times moved the puck around like it was a weekend pickup game. Ennis said that having that little bit of extra ice to play with contributed to their success.
“With the big ice you don’t want to be too aggressive on a guy because if you get it by him you have a lot of room towards the net, so sometimes you just have to collapse a little and give up the outside.”
Boyes scored what turned out to be the eventual game winner early in the second period when he fired a bullet over Brathwaite’s left shoulder. For Boyes it was his first goal of the preseason, and first game since returning from a two-game suspension for his head hit on Toronto’s Joe Colborne on September 24.
“It had been over a week since I played, so it was good to get the legs going. And it was definitely nice to score,” said Boyes. “Playing with Ville makes my job easier, just give him the puck and get open. Tyler’s play just speaks for itself, the way he uses his speed.”
Enroth, seeing game action for the first time in 10 days, was tested early and responded with several big saves as the Eagles came out with some extra jump in front of their chanting fans. Enroth said the early action was just what he needed.
“They had a couple of chances early. It was nice to get some saves in right away” said Enroth. “But I had been skating and practicing very well for the past week, so I wasn’t really worried about not being sharp.”