Unfortunately for loyal sports fans around The Hub, the former Boston University standout is donning the Blue and Gold on an improved Buffalo Sabres squad, who stayed ahead of the Bruins in the early Atlantic Division playoff picture. Buffalos captain showed flashes of brilliance during this time, yet a rotating carousel of coaches, a lack of a supporting cast, and injuries provided a hit to his professional hockey development. He has a talented supporting cast featuring veterans Jeff Skinner and Kyle Okposo, a solid core of up-in-comers in Sam Reinhart and Casey Mittelstadt, and a future franchise defenseman in Rasmus Dahlin, the top overall pick in June. The speedy North Chelmsford native had a night full of scoring chances, behind-the-back passes, and slick wrist shots en route to a four-point performance (two goals, two assists).
>> F-M runners Claire Walters and Phoebe White set a new nation-leading indoor track records on Saturday. >> The Skaneateles girls ice hockey team lost their first game of the campaign to Malone Frankling, 3-2, despite scoring two goals in the third period. >> Ally Shoemaker scored a triple double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as Chittenango defeated Bishop Grimes 49-46 on Saturday. >>Nottingham's Mazi Jackson scored a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs fell in overtime to Rochester East, 86-79.
The holidays will be a little bit happier for the Flint Firebirds, who posted perhaps their biggest victory of the season entering the Ontario Hockey Leagues Christmas break The Firebirds beat the host Kingston Frontenacs 7-1 Sunday behind two goals apiece from Jake Durham and Jack Wismer. The seven goals matched the Firebirds' season high set Nov. 7 in a 7-4 win over Sarnia but that game was at home. Ethan Keppen, Hunter Holmes and Jacob Winterton also scored for the Firebirds, who got two assists each from Riley McCourt and Ty Dellandrea.
The Eagles get the ball first in the second half, but the offense goes three-and-out. Golden Tate gained 11 yards on third down when they needed 12. But a great punt by Cameron Johnston combined with an adventure of a punt return pins LA back at its own 5. Daniel Gallen
Forward Brandon Pirri added a pair of goals to his league-leading points total, helping the Wolves to their fifth straight victory in a 5-1 win over Tucson on Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena. Forwards T.J. Tynan and Daniel Carr and defenseman Zach Whitecloud also scored for Chicago (15-9-2-1) while Max Lagace (7-5-1) earned the win with 33 saves. The Wolves opened the scoring at the 12:21 mark of the first period after forward Curtis McKenzie made his way to the back wall to battle for the puck. The Wolves return to Allstate Arena at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a School-Day showdown with the Texas Stars before hosting the Rockford IceHogs at 7 p.m. Friday in an Illinois Lottery Cup game.
At 10:38, Saccoman took a slap shot from the right point that Humitz deflected in past the U18s' goaltender Cameron Rowe. Marshall Warren took a slap shot from the top of the left circle that found its way through senior goaltender Nick Kossoff's five hole. He stole a pass just inside the Laker blue line, skated down the ice on a breakaway, and blasted a slap shot from the slot that went top-right corner. In net for the Lakers, Kossoff made 15 saves on 17 opportunities and Mittens stopped 10 shots on 11 chances.
RALEIGH, N.C. Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod BrindAmour gave his players a day off after a tough loss. Warren Foegele scored his first goal since October and Petr Mrazek made 23 saves in his first shutout of the season to help the Hurricanes bounce back from a difficult loss to Washington on Friday. Foegele beat Arizonas Nick Schmaltz to a rebound of a hard shot by Calvin de Haan and deposited the puck past goalie Adin Hill at 9:44 of the second period to give Carolina a 1-0 lead. Arizona coach Rick Tocchet was disappointed after his team had erased a three-goal deficit in 4-3 overtime win over the New York Rangers on Friday night and had played the Hurricanes even through the first period.
All it took was Skaggs to break the seal and open the door for Paetyn Levis to score the first goal of her career just 33 seconds later to send the Buckeyes to the intermission with a 2-0 lead. Dahlquist, Maltais, Olivia Soares, Lisa Bruno, Erin Langermeier and Elise Riemenschneider all notched one assist. Mercyhurst responded with a goal from Blasen, but Dahlquist added two more and Schepers scored one for good measure to put the Buckeyes comfortably in front. Looking for the exclamation point, Schepers finished things off with her second of the period with less than a minute to play to clinch a 9-2 win.
There were plenty of smiles among the players on Hudson Catholic's roster throughout Sunday's victory over Pope John at the HoopGroup Tip-Off Classic in Elizabeth. Two Glover 3-pointers sandwiched a Dezonie trey in the final minute of the first quarter to give Hudson Catholic a 26-16 lead. Hudson Catholic shot a staggering 11-of-14 from long range in the opening half, five of them coming from Glover. While Pope John never seriously challenged in the second half - the Hawks' lead never dipped below 18 points - Hudson Catholic knows there is still plenty of work to be done, particularly on the defensive end.
Saint Louis led by as many six points early in the second half and had a 63-60 lead with less than two minutes to play but were unable to hang on. Houston's Corey Davis Jr., who scored a game-high 17 points, nailed a triple from the corner with 29 seconds left for the eventual game-winning bucket. The Cougars, who extend their home winning streak to 23, jumped out to a nine-point first-half lead but SLU responded with a 15-2 run to take a 25-20 with 4:22 left in the first. The Bills are back in action on Wednesday night when they host North Carolina Central at Chaifetz Arena.