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Pirates: Injuries force Dineen to mix up Pirates’ lines

  • Posted on October 29, 2009 at 8:06 pm

The Portland Pirates were skating at Portland Ice Arena this morning where they held practice as they prepare for a pair of games this weekend against Lowell and Bridgeport.

Portland is looking to make a jump in the standings – currently last place in the Atlantic Division (3-7-0) with six points – and returning to the Civic Center couldn’t have come at a better time. After playing eight of their first 10 games of the season on the road, Portland is more than ready to enjoy some home cooking.

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Canisius Hockey Hosts Air Force Saturday and Sunday

  • Posted on October 29, 2009 at 8:03 pm

The Canisius hockey team continues league play with a pair of home games against three-time defending Atlantic Hockey champion Air Force. Canisius, who swept a pair of games at the nationally-ranked Falcons last season, will play Air Force on Saturday and Sunday at 3:05 p.m.

• Juniors Cory Conacher and Vincent Scarsella have been on the same page this season and have provided much-needed offense for the Griffs.
• Both players have recorded a team-best four points this season. Conacher leads the Griffs with three goals, while Scarsella has posted a team-high three assists.
• Scarsella has recorded the primary assist on all three of Conacher’s goals this season, while Conacher registered the primary assist on Scarsella’s tally.

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UB Goalkeeper Amy Coron finishes career as UB’s all-time leader in saves

  • Posted on October 29, 2009 at 7:57 pm

The University at Buffalo women’s soccer team dropped their final game of the 2009 season to Kent State this afternoon, 2-0.

The first half was evenly matched, with both teams getting chances to score. Senior Jennifer Mihok had a shot blocked early in the match, and Stephanie Velez and Aubrey Stahl each added to the first half shot tally. Kent State took a one goal lead late in the first half with a goal by Rachel Dennis at the 42:20 mark. The goal came as Dennis was fed a pass from the right side and booted it past UB goalkeeper Amy Coron.

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Flynn scores 18 in victorious NBA debut

  • Posted on October 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Last night at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Western New York native Jonny Flynn and his  Minnesota Timberwolves opened their regular season. Wolves fans and Twin Cities sports enthusiasts alike came out  to see how Flynn would perform when the pressure was really on with the games now counting in the standings.

Flynn past his first test with flying colors. With a fourth quarter point deficit that left Timberwolves fans wondering if Flynn was the right choice, he came through, cementing in any doubters minds that despite losing Ricky Rubio earlier this summer there was a new regime and Flynn intends to be at the forefront of the change.

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Harvard Cup Week 8 Preview: “Trick or Treat” ?

  • Posted on October 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Trick or Treat: Five teams still alive in Cup playoff hunt

Halloween conjures up all kinds of thoughts of ghouls and goblins this time of year. With just two weeks remaining on the Harvard Cup regular season schedule, eight of nine teams are still mathematically alive in the hunt for the coveted four playoff spots.

Only undefeated Burgard has one of the top four spots locked up. The Riverside Frontiers, winners of five straight games, look to clinch a playoff spot and kill any of Lafayette post season aspirations Saturday as both teams headline the Intense Milk Harvard Cup Radio Game of the week on 1440 AM WJJL. Listen live or archive:

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Sanity Prevails in Sabres’ Front Office as Myers Stays

  • Posted on October 29, 2009 at 2:00 pm

MA collective- and expected sigh of relief was felt through the Buffalo Sabres nation  Thursday as it was announced that star rookie defensemen Tyler Myers would remain with the team and not be sent back to Juniors.  The organization had until after the ninth game to make a decision.

Buffalo has for a long time been less than stellar in their defensive zone. Perhaps it began with young prospect Dmitri Kalinin, who never truly developed to be the player the organization hoped he be.

The blue line was lacking even more after the Sabres traded Brian Campbell to the San Jose Sharks for Steven Bernier and a first round draft pick. At the time Campbell was touted as one of the top defensive forces in the league and it signified a serious lack of commitment in the Buffalo organization to foster any real sort of dominant defensive presence on the team.  That, plus they didn’t want to pay him.

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Florence Not Getting Headlines — Just Results

  • Posted on October 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

Lately the Buffalo Bills defense, particularly in the passing game, has transformed from door mat to turnover machine. Despite getting little— OK, next to none—help from the offense, the Bills are not the team you’re looking to start your fantasy football quarterback against.

Last year the defense picked off all of 10 passes in 16 games. Terrence McGee led the team with three of them. The safeties accounted for exactly zero picks. It wasn’t exactly the kind of legend that struck fear into hearts of quarterbacks.

This year is a different story. Quarterbacks would rather try to run through Albert Haynesworth than put the ball in the air against the Bills.  Buffalo already has 13 interceptions through just seven games. There’s plenty of credit to go around. Jairus Byrd and his five interceptions in three weeks has become an overnight star. George Wilson has picked of a pass in consecutive games. Heck, even Paul Posluszny and Aaron Schobel have gotten in on the action. At this rate, I’m waiting for Kyle Williams to nab one.

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Sabres Show Off Gritty Side in Win at New Jersey

  • Posted on October 29, 2009 at 9:13 am

The Buffalo Sabres are playing like a team buying into the system Lindy Ruff preaches.  The Sabres came out flying on Wednesday night against the Devils, scoring two goals in the first six minutes against a hot New Jersey team that entered the game riding a three game winning streak.

Clarke MacArthur began the scoring when he tapped a rebound of a Craig Rivet shot past Martin Brodeur 1:21 into the first period, while Tim Kennedy scored the first goal of his NHL career on a soft wrister to make it 2-0.  Paul Gaustad and Jason Pominville added  insurance in the third period to cement a stifling Sabres win.

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Bisons Announce 2010 Game Times

  • Posted on October 29, 2009 at 6:00 am

The Buffalo Bisons today announced their game times for the 2010 season, their 125th season of professional baseball in Buffalo. The home portion of the 2010 season will begin with a 3:05 p.m. first pitch on Wednesday, April 14 against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The biggest change to the Bisons schedule is the addition of night games on most Thursdays. Ten of the team’s 13 games on that day will now be played at night. The Bisons will also host a Sunday night game next season on August 1 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (7:05 p.m.).

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Women’s Soccer: Daemen Beats Carlow

  • Posted on October 29, 2009 at 5:30 am

Daemen CollegeAfter a rough first half, the Wildcats stormed back and got a huge win at Carlow, 3-2 in overtime. Lindsay Miller scored on a free kick from about 25 yards out with 30 seconds left in the initial overtime period.

Carlow scored first in the 17th minute on a free kick by Maurielle Blake from about 20 yards out. The score remained 1-0 going into the half. The Wildcats came out strong in the second half and scored two goals in the first 10 minutes. Jessica Hutton scored first sending one just underneath the crossbar from about 30 yards out. Five minutes later, Alicia Vasiloff dribbled in on a 2 on 1, chipped it over the last defender’s head for Kelsey O’Leary to run on to, and headed it in with an on coming keeper at the top of the box. The Wildcats controlled the action through most of the half but Carlow scored off of a rebound around the 70th minute.

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