Buffalo Jr. Stars
January 15, 2008
Buffalo Stars Split with Syracuse
The Buffalo Stars Empire Junior B team traveled the 90 this past weekend to take on the Syracuse Stars in a battle for Conference placement. Trailing Syracuse by 3 points, Buffalo needed to get 4 points in order to move up in the standings.
On Saturday, both teams felt each other out in the first as they played a defensive style of game. The period was pretty bland with each team recording only 9 shots. Syracuse scored the lone goal late in the period and took a 1-0 lead. Syracuse went ahead early in the second period on the power play but Buffalo closed to within one with under 3 minutes as Patrick Conte blasted one home to narrow the gap to one. A defensive breakdown in the final period led to the third Syracuse goal and an empty netter sealed the 4-1 victory for the Syracuse Stars.
On Sunday, a different Buffalo Stars team showed up as they took it to Syracuse early. Syracuse however, scored first with under 5 minutes to go in the period. But, with less than 2 minutes to go, feisty Garrett Moore battled in the slot and ripped one home for Buffalo to tie the period at one. Buffalo took charge in the second period and limited Syracuse to only 5 shots on goal. Buffalo went ahead at the mid way point of the period as Stephano Bueme banged one home to put the Stars into the lead for the first time in the weekend and the Stars skated off with a 2-1 lead. The 3rd period was a barnburner as both teams had some excellent scoring opportunities but the lone goal of the period was scored by Syracuse at the 10 minute mark and the game was destined for overtime. With their back to the wall, Buffalo knew they needed some magic. With 1:29 left in the overtime, magic came in the form of Kyle Couell as the Stars vet sent home a pin point accurate wrist shot off the face off and the excited Buffalo team poured onto the ice in victory.
Buffalo, with a record of 12-12-8 takes solid hold of the 6th and final playoff spot in the American Conference. Brewster, who lost twice to Rochester falls to 11 points behind Buffalo. Tri State, is in 7th place in the conference, 10 points behind Buffalo, but the Stars have a game in hand. Buffalo won the season series against both these teams.
The Stars with an overall record of 16-16-8 host Rochester’s Maksymum this Wednesday evening at Holiday Twin Rinks at 7:30pm. This will be Buffalo’s first ever mid week home game. In recognition of this event, the Buffalo Stars will offer FREE Admission to all. Maksymum, with 50 points is tied with Pittsburgh for first place overall in the Empire Junior B Hockey League. Maksymum comes to town with a potent offense. Rochester is led by Shame Prince (13g/28a); John Mousso (20g/20a); and William Lemen (15g/25a).
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