With 20 games in the books thus far, the Buffalo Jr. Sabres are off to an excellent start. The team has amassed 32 points, compiling a 15-3-1-1 record. Buffalo has scored 94 goals along the way while only allowing 53.
Leading the way for the Jr. Sabres in the scoring column are Darren McCormick, Pat Egan and Nick DeSimone...Buffalo is getting scoring from throughout the lineup as well as strong goaltending from Joey Pianta & Brandon Mueller (both tenders posting a save % above .900).
Buffalo's next home game is Tuesday, November 5 against the Burlington Cougars. The puck drops at 7:30 PM at Northtown Center. One schedule change coming up...the November 12 home game against the Milton Icehawks has been moved back one day-to Monday, November 11.
On Veterans'/Remembrance Day, the puck drops at 4 PM at First Niagara Center. More information about that game will be released very soon!
LS: Parker Gagahen (Buffalo, NY - Williamsville North-2011) returned home last night - making 37 saves in net for Army in his collegiate debut. Gagahen played the last two years in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Buffalo Junior Sabres.
Army Falls At Niagara, 5-0 - Army Sports - GoArmySports.com - Friday, November 15.
Lewiston, NY - Making his first collegiate start and doing so in his hometown, freshman goaltender Parker Gahagen made 37 saves but it was not enough to carry Army as the Black Knights fell 5-0 to Niagara in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest Friday night at a sold-out Dwyer Arena. http://www.goarmysports.com/sports/m...111513aaa.html
Four Sign NLI to Join Canisius Hockey - Canisius College Athletics - GoGriffs.com - Monday, December 2.
The Canisius College hockey team signed four players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, announced by head coach Dave Smith on Monday. Defender Zack Pittman (Macomb, Mich.) and forwards Jeff Murray (Newmarket, Ontario), Ryan Schmelzer (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Nolan Sheeran (East Amherst, N.Y.) are all set to join the Golden Griffin program, beginning in the 2014-15 season.
Schmelzer is in his third season with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the OJHL. The team’s captain this season, Schmelzer has totaled 14 points, six goals and eight assists in 16 games during the 2013-14 campaign, while collecting 132 points, 50 goals and 82 assists during his career. The Buffalo, N.Y. native, who also played at Williamsville East High School under former Griff Mike Torrillo, was selected to the Canada Cup All-Star Game in 2013.
Also a member of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, Sheeran has totaled 27 points, 10 goals and 17 assists in 28 games during the 2013-14 campaign and 81 points, 30 goals and 51 assists in two seasons. Sheeran also played two seasons at Williamsville North High School under former Griff Bob Rosen.
Junior Sabres Fall In Great Outdoors - Buffalo News - BuffaloNews.com - Sunday, December 15.
The Buffalo Junior Sabres played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s first outdoor game Sunday during the Frozen Frontier extravaganza at Frontier Field in Rochester. They may have gotten to play in the tundra, but they’ll have to be content being a part of the event because St. Michael’s earned a 5-4 decision in a contest that drew 1,173 fans.
Jake Evans scored twice in the third period for St. Michael’s. He finished with three goals and an assist. Pat Egan had a goal and two assists while teammates Ryan Schmelzer and Nico Gonzalez each had a goal and an assist for the Junior Sabres. Nick Smith also scored for Buffalo which saw them scored first, fell behind 3-1 but rallied to take a 4-3 lead into the final period.
The Junior Sabres (20-10-3) remain in first place in the OJHL West Division despite the loss and return to action Friday against Mississauga - 8:00 pm ET.
@BuffaloJrSabres - The first period is in the books at the #FrozenFrontier-the #JrSabres lead 1-0 on a PPG by @ryan_schmelzer from DeVito & @Pegan18!
@DanHickling - @ryan_schmelzer #NicoGonzalez @BuffaloJrSabres push a goal past #GeorgArgiropoulos #FrozenFrontier @OJHLOfficial - pic.twitter.com/FcXztuAy8H
@DanHickling - #JosephPianta of @BuffaloJrSabres is ready for the weather at #FrozenFrontier - pic.twitter.com/NlhS472c1L
@BuffaloJrSabres - 40 minutes done in #RocCity...we've got a barnburner! 4-3 Buffalo after 2. Goals from @NicoGonalez10 @Pegan18 & @Nick_Smith_95 #BUFvsStM
@BuffaloJrSabres - The hometown kid @Pegan18 having himself a night so far, w/ 1 goal & 3 assists. #585 #FrozenFrontier @OJHLOfficial
@DanHickling - #JakeEvans @stmbuzzers scores on #josephpianta @BuffaloJrSabres in 2nd per #FrozenFrontier @OJHLOfficial - pic.twitter.com/m5JVILbtA8
@BuffaloJrSabres - Third is a GO! The lights are on at #FrozenFrontier! - pic.twitter.com/HacaxfjYWX
@DanHickling - @dital93 @stmbuzzers and #dylanhoward @BuffaloJrSabres go at it in period 3 #FrozenFrontier @GOJHL - pic.twitter.com/Nuyltmv46c
@BuffaloJrSabres - Late goal from Jake Evans proves to be the winner for @stmbuzzers, 5-4 final score. What a game to watch!
The Buffalo Junior Sabres Youth Organization today announced details for the upcoming season, including team coaches, tryout dates and player fees. The organization also announced additions to its website buffalojuniorsabres.com, which has been expanded and re-launched.
The head coaches for the 2014-2015 season are:
Pee Wee Minor: Scott Rutherford
Pee Wee Major: Mark Mobus
Bantam Minor: Jacob Brozyna
Bantam Major: Michael Peca
16u: Joe Marszalek
18u: Jamie Bird
Tryout dates for the individual teams are as follows:
Pee Wee Minor and Major
Monday, March 10
First Niagara Center, Times TBD
Bantam Minor and Major
Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8
Northtown Center Olympic Rink, Times TBD
16u and 18u
Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8
Northtown Center Olympic Rink, Times TBD
The Buffalo Junior Sabres Pee Wee and Bantam teams will be USA Hockey sanctioned, and will play a high-level, independent schedule. Players will receive approximately 115 hours of ice time each year, weekly dry land training, weekly on-ice skill development and access to the Harborcenter Academy of Hockey facilities and personnel. The two teams will also compete in the New York State tournament beginning in the 2014-2015 season.
Player fees for the teams will be:
Pee Wee Minor and Major: $2,500
Bantam Minor and Major: $3,000
The Junior Sabres 16u and 18u teams will compete in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, the premier amateur hockey league in the United States. They will be the only Tier 1 Elite League franchise in the Western New York area during the 2014-2015 season. Players on these teams will receive approximately 150 hours of ice time, as well as weekly dry land training, weekly on-ice skill development and access to the Harborcenter Academy of Hockey facilities and personnel. The two teams will also compete in the New York State tournament beginning in the 2014-2015 season.
Player fees will be:
The Buffalo Junior Sabres Youth Organization will begin play during the 2014-2015 season at Harborcenter, a one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment complex connected to First Niagara Center. The organization is heavily committed to the growth and development of youth hockey players. Together with Harborcenter, the Buffalo Junior Sabres Youth Organization will offer world class coaching, facilities, training and education to give athletes the necessary tools to become successful individuals and leaders both on and off the ice.
Daniel LaFontaine @DLafontaine16 - Excited to announce that I have committed to Canisius College. Thank you to everyone that has helped me along the way. #GoldenGriffins
@BuffaloJrSabres - BREAKING NEWS: Congrats to #JrSabres forward @DLafontaine16 on his commitment to @GriffsHockey!
Ryan Schmelzer @ryan_schmelzer - Big congrats to @DLafontaine16 on his commitment to Canisius! Can't wait to play together and stay teammates.
Michael Ederer @pacman_eds15 - Congrats to my boy and fellow teammate @DLafontaine16 on his commitment to Canisius!!
Pegula Sports & Ent. @PegulaSE - “@BuffaloJrSabres: Congrats to forward @DLafontaine16 on his commitment to @GriffsHockey" Congrats!! Couldn't pass up playing at @HARBORCTR!
Dan Hickling @DanHickling - @DLafontaine16 @GriffsHockey @BuffaloJrSabres Kudos for the commit! https://twitter.com/DanHickling/stat...300096/photo/1
@BuffaloJrSabres - Don't forget, we've got 3 home games next week! Monday vs @KingstonVees, Wednesday vs @HamRedWings & Thursday vs @WhitbyFuryJrA!
@BuffaloJrSabres - Our game Monday vs @KingstonVees is at 7:30 pm ETat Northtown Center's Feature Rink.
@BuffaloJrSabres - Wednesdays game vs @HamRedWings is at 8:30 pm ET on Northtown's Olympic Rink. This was rescheduled due to the #BuffaloBlizzard14.
@BuffaloJrSabres - Thursdays game vs @WhitbyFuryJrA is at 7:00 pm ET at @FirstNiagaraCtr in downtown Buffalo! This game was also rescheduled due to inclement weather.
@BuffaloJrSabres - Tickets just $7 for adults; $3 for students & seniors.
LaxSabre - Congrats to David on going to Canisius College! Probably going to attend the Wednesday Junior Sabres game - helps that its a late start as I have a soccer coaching gig from 6:30 pm ET-7:30 pm ET and I can go right from there to the game.
Sorry, couldn't make it to the game last night - watching all the hockey/then watching a soccer game/then coaching one of my own and added to the fact I've been ill the past week did me in - just went home after, went on comp and "blog" the Amerks game.
Did the Latvia goalie travel all the way from Sochi yesterday and make a guest appearance for Hamilton?
Buffalo Jr. Sabres @BuffaloJrSabres - Final score from Amherst: Hamilton 3, Buffalo 2. LaFrance scored his 2nd at 14:25; the #JrSabres unable to get another across the line.
Buffalo Jr. Sabres @BuffaloJrSabres - Final shots on goal: HAM 17, BUF 60.
Well at least your back at it tonight - game at the First Niagara Center - 7:00 pm ET - Tickets - $7 for Adults - $3 for Seniors/Children 12&U. I'll try to follow along via twitter. Hope the playoff schedule is decent-wants to attend a game at Northtowns before ya leave there. Go Junior Sabres! Go get that win tonight so you can lock up the division title!
@BuffaloJrSabres - First period in the books at @FirstNiagaraCtr...Whitby holds a 2-0 lead.
The #JrSabres sill have 1:04 of PP time to start P2.
@BuffaloJrSabres - 40 minutes in the books! Whitby's doubled their lead & are up 4-0 on the #JrSabres.
BUF w/ 1:39 of PP time to start the 3rd.
@BuffaloJrSabres - Final score from downtown Buffalo: @WhitbyFuryJrA 5, #JrSabres 2.
BUF got goals from Howatt & @Kuhner16.
LaxSabre - sigh - man haven't had much luck with games at the First Niagara Center the last few years. What are you guys something like 1-5? Hopefully the bad luck doesn't go across the street come next season. Well hopefully you guys clinch first place either tonight or tomarrow. Hope to get to a playoff game at Northtowns Center. Go Junior Sabres!
2014 OHL Playoffs Round 1 - vs Mississauga Chargers.
Game #1 - Thursday, February 27 - 8:00 pm ET - Northtowns Center, Amherst, NY.
Game #3 - Sunday, March 2 - 7:00 pm ET - First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY.
Road and future home dates to be announced in the near future.