The Buffalo Jr. Sabres are now more than halfway through the 2016-2017 season, and are currently riding at .500 (13-14-0-1) with 27 points.
As of November 27, that put them third in the OJHL’s West Division, 12 points behind Burlington and 18 points behind Georgetown. Buffalo is 6-5-0-1 at home this season, and 7-9-0-0 on the road.
Through the first 28 games of the season, forward Christian DiFelice leads with team with 30 points, including a team-leading 21 assists. Half of his points this year have come on special teams. His nine power-play assists are good for eighth in the OJHL, while his pair of shorthanded assists are tied for fifth league-wide.
His 21 assists (overall) also put him tied for 17th league-wide in that category.
Dartmouth commit (2018) Erik Urbank is second on the team, with 23 points in 27 games this season. His 14 assists, five of which have come on the man advantage, are second only to DiFelice. He’s also noticed a team-high three game-winning goals.
A whopping four Jr. Sabres players have each registered 19 points on the season: forwards Adam Tretowicz, Cameron Radziwon and Michael Faliero, and defenseman Andrew Pizzo.
Tretowicz leads the Jr. Sabres with 13 goals on the season, while Radziwon is just behind him with 11 on the year. Pizzo leads Buffalo defensemen with seven goals and 12 assists on the season.
Billy McGwin and Ryan Cox lead the team in penalty minutes this season, with 67 and 63 each, respectively. That’s 12th- and 13th- most in the OJHL this season so far.
Through 28 games, only four Jr. Sabres players have appeared in every game this season: Tretowicz, Pizzo, Jack Tucker and Ryan Sidorski.
Goaltender Alex Camarre is 6-4-0-2 this season, with a 2.70 GAA and .915 save percentage. He’s 11th the in the league in GAA and 12th in save percentage, having allowed 28 goals-against in 622:53.
Canisius College commit Tucker Weppner is 7-11-0-0 this season, with a 3.51 GAA and .895 saye percentage in 1058:52.
As a team, the Jr. Sabres have scored on 20.69 percent of their power plays this season and are 76.98 percent effective on the penalty kill.
Buffalo has scored 95 goals this season and allowed 93. The team’s 545 penalty minutes are third most in the league, behind only Kingston (611), Newmarket (578) and Pickering (557).
As of November 27, the Jr. Sabres have four college commits. In addition to the aforementioned Urbank and Weppner, Matt Jakubowski is committed to Penn State for 2017, while Ryan Sidorski has committed to Union College for 2017. Jakubowski has registered 11 points (2-9) in 26 games, including five power-play assists. Sidorski, a defenseman, has four assists and 50 penalty minutes in 28 games.