The Buffalo Jr. Sabres pulled out a 6-5 (OT) overtime victory over the Pickering Panthers on a clutch goal by Ryan Kuhn.
Buffalo came back from a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Jr. Sabres trailed 5-3 after a goal by Pickering’s Mark Tenuta at 13:05 in the third period. Buffalo knotted things up at 5-5 on a goal by Brenden Dunning at 19:24 in the third period.
Kuhn was all over the ice for the Jr. Sabres, as he tallied one goal and two assists in the win. Kuhn scored 22 seconds into to make the score 6-5 Buffalo. Christopher Berger provided the assist.
Buffalo’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on seven Pickering power plays. The Jr. Sabres kept the Panthers’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Austin Washkurak made 27 saves on 33 shots. Buffalo bested its season scoring average. This season, the Jr. Sabres average 3.1 goals per contest.
Buffalo additionally got points from Tim Nicksic, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Ben Casale, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Buffalo included Josh Gabriel and Brendan Miller, who each put in one. In addition, Buffalo received assists from David Baskerville, who had one and Tim Kielich, who had three.
Pickering stifled Buffalo’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man.
Pickering also got points from BJ Salerno, who also finished with one goal and three assists. Pickering also had goals scored by Aidan Parker and Austin Ulett, who scored one goal each. More assists for Pickering came via Cam Palmer, who had two and Sean Power, Chris Sekelyk, and Justin Bennett, who each chipped in one.
Nate Skidmore rejected 20 shots on goal for the Jr. Sabres. Buffalo incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors. The Panthers incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.