(Amherst, NY) – Josh Kielich gave the Buffalo Junior Sabres a lead just 20 seconds into the game, but the visiting Markham Waxers then rallied to build a 4-1 lead over the stunned hosts and eventually score a power play goal to leave Western New York with a 5-4 victory, their second win in as many nights.
After Kielich’s opening tally, Daniel Pachis, Adam DiBrina, Elliott Burlon and Jamie Kendra scored goals within a span of under seven minutes in the first period. Kielic h scored his second goal of the game to cut the lead to 4-2 at the end of the first period.
Kielich erupted for two more goals in the second period, knotting the game at 4-4 until the Jr. Sabres were sent to the penalty box at the 16:15 mark. With Jake Ledyard serving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Sammy Banga scored the Waxers’ go-ahead goal at 17:18 of the second period.
Banga’s power play goal proved to be the game winner. Chris Perugini, recently acquired by the Waxers from the Ontario Hockey League’s Soo Greyhounds, turned aside all 12 Buffalo shots in the third period to secure Markham’s win.
Tyler Fallica made 24 saves for the Jr. Sabres, while Andrew Poturalski and David Seward both recorded two assists.
The Jr. Sabres return to game action Saturday evening at 7pm on the Lexus Feature Rink in the Northtown Center at Amherst vs. the Brampton Capitals. During the month of October, fans ages 13 and younger wearing a hockey jersey get in free.
Highlights from the Jr. Sabres – Markham game will be featured in the next edition of Junior Sabres Journal, scheduled for release Thursday morning.