Behind a great game by Pat Egan, who had four goals and one assist, the Buffalo Jr. Sabres defeated the Lindsay Muskies, 9-4.
Egan notched his first tally 17:58 into the first period. He then added goals at 9:54 into the second, at 16:19 into the third, and at 19:33 into the third.
Buffalo put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Lindsay to score on any of its three power plays. The Jr. Sabres forced the Muskies goalie Mathew Robson to work between the pipes, taking 44 shots. Buffalo surpassed its usual scoring output this season. The Jr. Sabres average 4.8 goals per game.
Buffalo additionally got points from Max Mikowski, who also registered two goals and three assists, Chris Moses (APJ), who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Nico Gonzalez, who also finished with one goal and one assist, and Tim Kielich, who also had one goal and one assist. In addition, Buffalo received assists from Nolan Sheeran, who had three and Brandon Schaber, Mason Evans, Michael Ederer, and Ryan Kuhn, who contributed one a piece.
Lindsay’s offense rang up 34 shots on Buffalo’s net.
The Muskies were helped by Austin Eastman, who tallied two goals. Eastman scored the first of his two goals short handed at 3:43 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Lindsay found itself down a man on Brandon Washer‘s hooking. Eastman’s next tally short handed made the score 5-4 Buffalo with 10:16 left in the third period. Lindsay also got points from Jake Ryan, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Bryce Sweeting also scored for Lindsay. More assists for Lindsay came via Vince Herlihey, Patrick Morgan, and Stefan Von Egelbrechten, who each chipped in one.
Brandon Mueller rejected 30 shots on goal for the Jr. Sabres. Buffalo incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Robson recorded 35 saves for the Muskies. Lindsay incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.