The Buffalo Jr. Sabres are thrilled to head into the Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs, where they’ll face the Georgetown Raiders in the first round en route to the Buckland Cup.
The Jr. Sabres finished the regular season with an exciting 4-3 overtime victory against the Newmarket Hurricanes on February 25.
That game closed out a season where Buffalo finished 23-27-2-2 with 50 points, good for third in the OJHL’s West Division and eighth in the South West Conference.
The Jr. Sabres finished the regular season with 177 goals-for and 189 goals-against. They went 11-12-2-1 at home and 12-15-0-1 on the road.
Dartmouth College commit Erik Urbank led the team through the regular season, with 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points in 53 games played. Adam Tretowicz scored a team-high 23 goals and, along with Urbank, was one of four players on Buffalo who accrued 40+ points over the course of the season.
Christian DiFelice potted 10 goals and added 31 assists for 41 points, while Tretowicz and Michael Faliero (19-21) also each racked up 40 points.
Captain Brenden Dunning finished the season with 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points in 49 games.
Canisius College commit Tucker Weppner went 10-20-2 this season with Buffalo, accruing a 3.65 GAA and .896 save percentage in the regular season. His partner, Alex Camarre, went 12-9-0 with two shutouts and a 2.91 GAA and .915 save percentage.
Several APMs also made their mark in the OJHL this season, including Michael Sciore, who notched three points (1-2) in six games played; Case McCarthy, who registered a pair of assists in five games, and Scott Remarkers, who potted his first OJHL point – an assist – in the final game of the regular season.
Buffalo now heads into the quest for the Buckland Cup. They’ll kick things off by facing the Raiders, who went 45-5-2-2 on the regular season with a conference-high 94 points.
The Raiders swept the regular-season series, winning all four games and outscoring Buffalo by a margin of 22-7.
The playoffs, of course, are like a whole new season — anything can happen. Stay tuned here and to our social media channels for full playoff coverage!