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Bears send Pirates home licking their wounds

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Portland PiratesOne day after the Portland Pirates won their first road game of the season, they’d give up a short-handed goal midway into the third period as the Hershey Bears prevailed 3-2 in front of a 10,727 at the Giant Center on Sunday afternoon.

Portland held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play for only the second time on the road this season, but couldn’t covert that into a win as the Bears tied the game early in the third period.

At 5:52, Andrew Gordon fired a bullet between the legs of Pirates’ goalie Jhonas Enroth as the Bears tied game at 2-2.

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Opportunistic Bills Pounce on Panthers, 20-9

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm

There’s still a pulse in Buffalo. The Bills turned a pair of rookie Jairus Byrd interceptions into 14 points and played excellent overall defense in defeating the Carolina Panthers, 20-9.  They improve to 3-4 on the season.

Byrd continued his superb rookie season in the first quarter, picking off an overthrown Jake Delhomme pass and returning it to the Panthers seven. Two plays later Marshawn Lynch scored an easy touchdown on a seven-yard run to give Buffalo the 7-0 lead. It was the Bills first rushing touchdown in 213 attempts, going all the way back to last season.

After a punt by Jason Baker pinned the Bills inside the five, followed by a false start by Demetrius Bell backing them another two yards, Fred Jackson was tackled in the end zone by Hollis Thomas for a Carolina safety.

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Your Bills/Panthers Preview

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 12:06 am

♦  Don’t be surprised to see newly acquired linebacker Chris Draft starting at weak side linebacker in place of Ashlee Palmer.  He’s been taking first team reps and the team was impressed with his performance in limited playing time at New York last week.  Draft had a sack, making him the only linebacker on the roster besides Kawika Mitchell to bring down a quarterback this season.

♦  Buffalo will only dress two tight ends for the game as Shawn Nelson has now been officially ruled out of the game.  This means Derek Fine will start as usual, but Jonathan Stupar will see extensive action in two tight end sets.

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Jeff Nixon: “Circling the Wagons”?

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 12:05 am

ESPN’s Chris Berman has always been a strong backer of the Buffalo Bills. This sentiment is echoed in Berman’s on-air phrase, “No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.” I think he says this because he likes the way they deal with controversy when the chips are down and the media have doubled down their bets that the Bills will fold.

I think he also identifies with our blue collar city where the fans have always been quite vocal and passionate about their team.

Well, if there was ever a time the Bills needed to circle ‘em up, then this week would be it. The natives are restless and they want Dick Jauron’s scalp.

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UB Bulls Lose To Western Michgian In OT Again

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 12:01 am

The University at Buffalo football team had deja vu all over again in a 34-31 overtime loss to Western Michigan at Waldo Stadium in a Mid-American Conference class on Saturday.

The Bulls squandered a lead with less than five minutes remaining and lost in overtime for the second straight season to the Broncos in a hard-fought game that had dozens of momentum swings. The Bulls trailed the entire game until tailback Ike Nduka – who matched his career-high with 172 yards – dashed 56 yards with 5:16 remaining to give the Bulls a 28-24 lead. That score erased what had been a 10-point second half deficit and seemingly had the Bulls (3-5, 1-3 MAC) in position to get a huge road victory and set up a wild end of regulations and overtime that saw both teams score in the final two minutes before WMU’s John Potter kicked a 28-yard field goal to win it in overtime.

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Sabres shock Lightning in shootout, 3-2 (Web Links)

  • Posted on October 25, 2009 at 12:00 am

The Buffalo Sabres were all-but-done.  Down 2-1 in the waning seconds, Drew Stafford took a shot with 16 seconds remaining from a bad angle that still got past Tampa goaltender Mike Smith to tie the game.  Neither team scored in overtime and the game went to a shoot-out.  After 11 Sabres and Lightning skaters failed to put a single puck past Smith or Ryan Miller, rookie Tyler Myers took stage.

Myers, who now has about as good a chance of being sent back to Juniors as Dick Jauron does of becoming Buffalo’s next mayor, lit the lamp and the Sabres completed their improbable comeback win.  Buffalo moved to 6-1-1 on the season and have won each of their three road games.

A sampling of web-links reporting on the thrilling finish..

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