Jr. Sabres fall at home, 6-2

(Amherst, NY) – Buffalo took the lead and held the visiting Georgetown Raiders to a close game for the firsat two periods, but a late second period goal proved to deflate the hosts, as the Raiders struck hard in the third period to win 6-2 at the Northtown Center at Amherst on January 10.

Ryan Schmelzer opened the scoring for the Jr. Sabres at the 10:51 mark of the first period, but Nick Perruccio responded for Georgetown with the first of his two goals of the game.  His second goal, scored in the second period, put the Raiders in the lead but Rocky Gruttadauria’s touch somehow squirted past Raiders goalie and Williamsville, NY native Steven Racine to tie the game up.  With just six seconds remaining in the period, Daniel McNamara scored the first of his two goals and what proved to be the game winner.

McNamara scored his second goal in the third period in between tallies by Stephen Genua (power play) and Caleb Apperson.

Racine turned aside 25 shots while Jr. Sabres netminder Parker Gahagen made 33 saves.

The Jr. Sabres next embark on a busy three game run in three days, with the first two on the road.  Sunday afternoon they travel to Burlington to face the Cougars while the following night they’re in Hamilton to skate against the Red Wings.  The Jr. Sabres will complete this trio of games at home on Tuesday, January 17, hosting the Huntsville Otters.