Jr. Sabres fall at Kingston, 6-4

NORTH YORK, ON - Sep 8 : Ontario Junior Hockey League game between Buffalo Jr. Sabres and North York Rangers. Nolan Sheeran #81 of the Buffalo Junior Sabres Hockey Club during the pre-game warm-up. (Photo by Shawn Muir / OJHL Images)

KINGSTON – The Kingston Voyageurs had a response for the Jr. Sabres four times, erasing one-goal leads, then scoring two quick goals late in the third period to hand Buffalo a 6-4 road loss Saturday afternoon.

It was a game that saw both goaltenders putting in a busy day. Winning netminder Alex Brooks-Pitts stopped 51 Buffalo shots while Buffalo’s Joseph Pianta made 47 saves.

Three of Buffalo’s goals came on the power play, with Pat Egan getting the game’s first tally at the 1:20 mark of the second period, assisted by Mason Evans and Nico Gonzalez.

Maxim Pitre knotted the game for Kingston three and a half minutes later. Buffalo went back in the lead at the 9:20 mark, though, when Michael Ederer scored on the power play, assisted by Nick DeSimone and Max Mikowski. After Kingston’s Brett Seney evened the game at 2-2, DeSimone scored on Buffalo’s only even-strength goal at the 16:51 mark, assisted by Gonzalez and Darren McCormick.

The scoring resumed in the third period with the Voyageurs again tying the game, this time by Brody Heleno’s goal at the 1:35 mark. Buffalo’s power play kept producing, as Nolan Sheeran netted an extra-man goal at the 6:01 mark, assisted by Ben Casale.

Kingston took command of the game from that point onward. Brad Vaughan tied the game at 4-4 at the 9:54 mark. Kingston’s Cole Bolton then scored his team’s go-ahead goal at the 16:11 mark. Just 48 seconds later, Alex Tonge scored to keep the Voyageurs ahead for good.

The Jr. Sabres travel to Whitby for a game against the Fury on Sunday afternoon then return to Amherst to host Burlington on Tuesday.

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Photo: Nolan Sheeran file photo – courtesy OJHL Images