The Buffalo Jr. Sabres used a sparkling performance by Tucker Weppner to take down the Mississauga Chargers, as the netminder did not allow a goal in Buffalo’s 6-0 shutout victory.
Buffalo forced Mississauga’s goalies to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, totaling 50 shots and forcing 44 saves. Andrew Cipollone made 37 stops and Tyler Richardson made seven. The Jr. Sabres stifled the Chargers’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Buffalo could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 44 minutes in penalties during the game.
Buffalo additionally got points from Zach Evancho, who also registered two goals and one assist to lead the team in points. Buffalo also had goals scored by Mitchell Spring, Bryce Ferrell, and Dylan Seitz, who each put in one. In addition, Buffalo received assists from Aaron Reinig, Christopher Berger, Brenden Dunning, Griffin Lunn, and Ryan Wheeler, who each chipped in one and Tim Nicksic and Christian DiFelice, who contributed two each.
Mississauga was held below its usual level of production. The Chargers put an average of 2.5 pucks into the net per game. Mississauga was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 50 penalty minutes.
Weppner rejected 26 shots on goal for the Jr. Sabres. Buffalo registered three goals on six power play opportunities. The Chargers registered zero goals on four power play opportunities.