November 13 , 2009
Buffalo Stars continue to roll
In Empire Junior B action, the Buffalo Stars hosted the Conference leading Brewster Bulldogs. With a new coaching staff and many new players, the Bulldogs are one of the top contenders in the Empire league this season.
On Saturday, both teams played hard, physical and sometimes undisciplined hockey. Brewster went on the board early and maintained a 1-0 lead until late in the second period. With just 30 seconds left in the period, the Bulldogs went ahead by 2 on the power play and that would be it for scoring. The game was marred by many infractions and a few instances of fisticuff spoiled a hard fought contest by both teams. The bright spots were Buffalo Goaltender Christopher Paulin who turned back 29 Brewster shots. Kudos also goes out to the Brewster goaltender Jordan Gluck who was excellent in net turning aside all 30 Buffalo Shots.
On Sunday, the Stars were in a position of having their back to the wall. They seem to thrive in this position because Buffalo came out flying and peppered Brewster goaltender Gluck with many point blank shots. Buffalo was determined to correct the errors of the day before and their effort paid off. Max Murray scored at the 5:52 mark on a nifty shorthanded blast and Buffalo secured a 1-0 first period lead. Murray continued in the second and registered a power play goal just 2 minutes in and the Stars were rolling. Mike Deppeler put the Stars up by 3 at 7:45 and the Stars appeared to be on a roll.
Brewster had other ideas. The Bulldogs got their act together as Buffalo took some questionable penalties and the Bulldogs banged home 3 consecutive power play goals to end the period tied at three. The third period was fast paced and exciting. When these two teams focus on hockey it is an excellent thing to watch. Buffalo came out flying and went ahead for good just 3 minutes into the game as veteran Defenseman Hayden Fitzpatrick blasted a shot from the blue line on the power play. Kyle Leto got the insurance at 18:20 in a goalmouth scramble and the exhausted Stars skated off with a well earned 5-3 victory. Buffalo goaltender Adam Kirk turned back 34 Brewster shots to register the win.
The Stars improve to 9-4 on the regular season and are 11-5-1 overall. The Stars sit one point behind 4th place Maksymum and have 4 games in hand on their thruway neighbors. These two teams will meet in Buffalo this Wednesday night in what is sure to be a sell out crowd. Warm up is at 7:30pm at Holiday Twin Rinks.
After Wednesday the Stars look forward to another “battle for New York” as Applecore CHA B and Empire B teams come to town for a 2 game set. The Applecore Empire team currently sits atop the league with an impressive 15-1 record.
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