The Buffalo Jr. Sabres went .500 in the month of January, winning five times and losing just as many. In case you missed any of the action, here’s a quick rundown:
Mississauga 4, Buffalo 2
Brenden Dunning’s two-point night provided an offensive spark for the Jr. Sabres, but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome the Chargers, who scored twice on the power-play and added an empty netter in the win.
Buffalo 4, Orangeville 3
A middle frame in which Orangeville scored three times was bookended by two-goal periods for the Jr. Sabres. A four-point night from Cameron Radziwon helped surge the Jr. Sabres to victory.
Buffalo 8, St. Michael’s 4
Goals came every which way in this one for Buffalo, including two power-play tallies and a shorthanded empty-netter. Thirteen Jr. Sabres had at least a point, and Tucker Weppner stopped 49 shots in the win.
Toronto Patriots 4, Buffalo 1
Matt Jakubowski scored the lone goal for Buffalo, and the Jr. Sabres went 0-for-4 on the power play in this 4-1 loss to the Patriots, who scored twice in a span of just 25 seconds in the third period to seal the victory.
Georgetown 5, Buffalo 2
Buffalo held Georgetown scoreless on the man advantage, but 45 shots against proved too much for the Jr. Sabres in this one. Alex Camarre had 40 saves in the loss.
Cobourg 6, Buffalo 2
Five unanswered goals in the first half of the game proved to be insurmountable for the Jr. Sabres, despite follow-up tallies by Michael Faliero and Adam Tretowicz. The two teams combined for 47 penalty minutes.
Buffalo 5, Burlington 3
Special teams were all the rage, with Buffalo scoring twice on the power-play and adding a shorthanded goal in this victory. Eight different Jr. Sabres skaters had at least a point.
North York 6, Buffalo 2
Weppner made 32 saves, but the Jr. Sabres were unable to overcome a 3-0 deficit after the first period. Jared Murray was named second star after scoring Buffalo’s first goal of the night.
Buffalo 4, Milton 3 (OT)
The Jr. Sabres went 2-for-3 on the man advantage, including the game-winning goal in overtime, en route to this 4-3 victory. Anthony Hora played the hero, scoring the power-play tally in OT to give Buffalo the win.
Buffalo 3, Pickering 2
Three goals in 1:23 gave Buffalo the edge in this one, and the team was able to hold on despite two third-period goals from Pickering in the last five minutes of the game.
At the end of January, the Jr. Sabres are 21-23-2-1 on the season with 45 points. That puts them third in the OJHL’s West Division, 13 points ahead of Orangeville and 18 points back of Burlington.
The Jr. Sabres have just seven games remaining in the season, highlighted by three home games at HARBORCENTER. Buffalo’s final home game will be played at their former home rink at the Northtown Center in Amherst, NY.