(Amherst, NY) – The Buffalo Junior Sabres built a 3-1 lead on goals by Mark Arnone, Josh Kielich and Kollin Schultz, but the Hamilton Red Wings rallied to erase that lead then complete their comeback with an overtime goal, downing the hosts 4-3.
Arnone opened the scoring at the 5:03 mark of the first period, assisted by the Kielich cousins, Josh and Tim. Hamilton’s Matt Carey evened the score about four minutes later. Buffalo regained its lead early in the second period when Josh Kielich brought the puck out from behind the Wings’ net and slipped it beneath goaltender Dalton McGrath. Schultz built the lead to 3-1 at the 4:28 mark of the second.
Hamilton cut the lead to 3-2 at the 7:00 mark on Conor McLoughlin’s goal. Late in the period, Buffalo committed an ill-timed penalty. Already up one skater, the Red Wings pulled their goalie to create a 6-on-4 situation and cashed in on Cam Jude’s power play goal (Pointstreak erroneously lists the goal in the scoresheet as a penalty shot).
Heading into overtime, Christian Powers scored the game winner to complete Hamilton’s comeback,
Buffalo outshot Hamilton 31-20. While the Jr. Sabres’ Tyler Fallica faced fewer shots than his counterpart McGrath, he made several clutch saves during the game.
The Jr. Sabres travel to Oakville for a game against the Blades Friday night, then return home on Monday night to host Milton.