The Buffalo Jr. Sabres were firing on all cylinders against the Newmarket Hurricanes, and when the final buzzer sounded Jr. Sabres emerged with a 7-2 win.
Pat Egan was a peerless playmaker for Buffalo, as he dished out four to beat Newmarket,.
The Jr. Sabres kept the Hurricanes’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Jake Danson made 36 saves on 43 shots. Buffalo outdid its season average for goals scored. The Jr. Sabres average 4.7 goals per game. Buffalo’s defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.
Buffalo also got points from Nick Desimone, who also registered one goal and one assist, Nico Gonzalez, who also tallied one goal and two assists, and Dylan Gamble, who also had one goal and one assist. Buffalo also got a goal from Brandon Schaber as well. More assists for Buffalo came via Ryan Kuhn, Nathan Black, Nick Smith, and Nolan Sheeran, who contributed one a piece.
Newmarket excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances. The Hurricanes forced the Jr. Sabres goalie Brandon Mueller to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots.
Newmarket was helped by Shaquille Hickey, who finished with one goal. Hickey scored on the power play 10:10 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Buffalo. The Hurricanes earned a power play opportunity when David Hopfer was put in the box for holding. Justin Maiolino picked up the assist. Ian Farrell also scored for Newmarket. In addition, Newmarket received assists from Christian Dedonato, Brandon Francisco, and Thomas Beretta, who each chipped in one.
Mueller recorded 34 saves for Buffalo. The Jr. Sabres incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. Newmarket incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.