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Miller, Kaleta lift Sabres over Rangers in OT

  • Posted on March 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm

While the rest of his teammates enjoy an off day on Monday, Ryan Miller will be busy in the morning.  Among other media appearances Miller is slated to appear on the “Today” show at 8:30am on NBC.  While there I’m certain host Matt Lauer will ask Miller about his Olympic experience and his out from the closet hottie girlfriend.  That’s what happens when you become a real celebrity.

Unfortunately Lauer won’t ask him how it’s going to feel to be in possession of the Vezina trophy when the NHL season is over.

Or about that Patrick Kaleta guy.

Kaleta continues to win the hearts of Buffalo Sabres fans.  The gritty but growingly skillful forward scored his ninth goal of the year 2:38 into overtime to give the Sabres a 2-1 win in New York over the Rangers.

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  • Posted on March 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Niagara season ends in MAAC semifinal loss

  • Posted on March 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm

The No. 6 Niagara men’s basketball team (18-15) fell in the 2010 MAAC Semifinal round on Sunday evening, losing 69-63 to the No. 2 Fairfield Stags (22-9). The loss brings an end to the careers of four student-athletes who were part of the winningest seasons in Niagara history.

“It’s tough to even break down the game when you have to say goodbye to an incredible group of seniors,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said.

The group was part of the 26-win campaign a season ago, the second-most wins in program history. Tyrone Lewis, the only graduating senior to play all four seasons at Niagara, will go down as the biggest winner in school history, collecting 90 wins since the 2006-07 season, including a MAAC Championship and an NCAA Tournament win.

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UB’s Desi Green wins MAC wrestling title

  • Posted on March 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Desi GreenSophomore Desi Green captured the 149-pound title at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Sunday afternoon at the Rose Center on the campus of Central Michigan University. The Bulls finished in fourth-place with 60.5 points including eight wrestlers earning top-four finishes. Senior Dan Bishop (Whitehall, NY/Whitehall), junior Jimmy Hamel (Natick, MA/Natick) and sophomore Kevin Smith (Mexico, NY/Mexico) earned All-MAC honorable mention, finishing in second place at 125, 197 and 133, respectively.

In the 149-pound championship bout, Green defeated Seth Morton of Ohio, 3-2 to capture the conference crown and All-MAC First Team honors. In his victory, the sophomore earned an automatic bid to the NCAA National Tournament. The 19th nationally-ranked wrestler went 2-0 en route to capturing the Bulls’ first conference individual title since Mark Budd in 2007.
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UB beats Toledo in MAC Tourney opener

  • Posted on March 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team cruised past Toledo, 72-54, in the opening round of the FirstEnergy Mid-American Conference Tournament at Alumni Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Bulls advance to Cleveland and will play Miami (OH) on Thursday night at 9:00 pm at Quicken Loans Arena.

The fifth-seeded Bulls (18-11) jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. A young Toledo squad, the 12th seed, hung tough early and a three-pointer by Jake Barnett cut the UB lead to 14-11 with 10:11 left in the first half. Mitchell Watt slammed home a missed jump shot and Rodney Pierce came up with a steal and a layup in the closing seconds of the first half to extend the Buffalo lead to 35-22 at the break.

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Buffalo Sabres: Trade Deadline Grade

  • Posted on March 7, 2010 at 7:30 am

A few days before the Olympic break I posted an overview of what the Buffalo Sabres could do around the deadline and where the holes in their lineup were.  When 3pm eastern time had passed, Buffalo had made two moves; trading Nathan Paetsch and a second round pick to Columbus for Raffi Torres and shipping Clarke MacArthur to Atlanta for third and fourth round picks.

Looking at the needs presented in the preview article, the Torres trade fills several of them.   He could prove to be both the physical presence the scoring forwards need as well as a spark to the rest of the team.  Torres has playoff experience, and was a part of the Oilers’ underdog Cup run in 2006, where he scored eleven points in twenty-two games.  He also laid this monster body check on Milan Michalek that was instrumental in the Oilers’ defeat of the Sharks; a hit that would have made Scott Stevens proud.

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Bandits get win over Titans at Arena

  • Posted on March 7, 2010 at 5:09 am

It was a clash of the titans at the HSBC Arena tonight as the Buffalo Bandits defeated the Orlando Titans 12-10.

The Bandits would come out strong in the first quarter to take a 4-0 lead.  A natural hat trick by Mark Steenhuis and a goal by Jon Harasym provided a huge spark to a struggling offense.

Sparks also flew between both teams three times during the game when scrums and fights would show that there is still bad blood between the two teams from last year’s eastern conference semifinal.

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Niagara advances in MAAC tourney; Canisius out

  • Posted on March 7, 2010 at 5:01 am

The Purple Eagle seniors just would not let their basketball careers come to an end. Niagara’s upperclassmen made clutch play after clutch play down the stretch to advance to the 2010 MAAC Semifinals with a 68-64 win over No. 3 Iona late Saturday night.

“It was a hard-fought, grind-it-out win,” Niagara head coach Joe Mihalich said. “We beat a very good team. We have great respect for them, but we are really proud of our guys. Our seniors were the key.”

The victory marks the ninth time in Mihalich’s 12 years that the Purple Eagles will be playing in the semifinals. Sunday evening’s tilt pits the No. 6 Purple Eagles against No. 2 Fairfield at 6 p.m.

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