The Buffalo Jr. Sabres scored three goals in the second period to pull away from the Burlington Cougars and clinch a 7-1 win.
Ryan Kuhn had two goals and one assist to lead Buffalo. Kuhn scored the first of his two goals at 10:26 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Buffalo. Josh Gabriel assisted on the tally. Kuhn’s next tally made the score 3-0 Buffalo with 6:34 left in the second period. The Jr. Sabres were on a disadvantage when Bray Crowder went off the ice for high sticking.
Burlington’s power play was ineffective against Buffalo’s penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
The Jr. Sabres’ penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on seven Burlington power plays. Buffalo’s offense rang up 44 shots on the Cougars’ net. The Jr. Sabres’ goal total was higher than their season average. Buffalo averages 3.2 goals per game.
Buffalo also got points from Christopher Berger, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Zach Evancho, who also registered one goal and one assist. Buffalo also had goals scored by Collin Farrell, Brenden Dunning, and Tim Kielich, who scored one goal each. In addition, Buffalo received assists from Tim Nicksic and Justin Cmunt, who each chipped in one and Aiden Salerno and Wilson Vershay, who contributed two each.
Burlington excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in seven chances.
Alex Connal made 19 saves for the Jr. Sabres on 20 shots. Buffalo incurred 24 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Andrew Lee recorded 37 saves for the Cougars. Burlington incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.