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Late Collapse Sends Stampede to 8th Straight Loss

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm

buffalo stampedeFirst, let’s dole out some credit.  The Buffalo Stampede have had a miserable season but it didn’t stop them Thursday night from playing interstate rival Rochester tough.  But when the final horn sounded moral victories couldn’t take the place of yet another defeat.  Rochester outscored Buffalo 41-26 in the final period to erase a four point deficit and send the Stampede to a 120-109 loss.

Buffalo fell to 3-13 on the season while the Razorsharks improved to 12-3.

Rochester defeated Buffalo all four times the teams met this season.

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Butler in, Sekera out for Sabres tonight

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Buffalo Sabres defensemen Chris Butler has been a healthy scratch the past six games.  That number won’t reach seven as Buffalo News reporter John Vogl reports he’ll be in the lineup tonight when the Sabres take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Andrej Sekera is expected to get sent to the press box in his place.

Butler has a goal and 19 assists in 50 games this year.  He’s a team worst minus 12 in plus/minus.  He hasn’t played since being on the ice against Washington on March 3 when he was a minus two for the night.

Sekera has gone 10 straight games without registering a point.

Canisius Faces RIT in Atlantic Hockey Semifinals

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Jason Weeks CanisiusThe Canisius College hockey team continues its quest for an Atlantic Hockey Championship with a semifinal meeting against top-seeded RIT. The fifth-seeded Griffs advanced to the semifinals with a two-game sweep over No. 4 Mercyhurst, while the Tigers swept No. 9 Connecticut. Canisius and RIT now play for a spot in the championship on Friday at 4:05 p.m.

Freshman defender Ben Parker became the unlikely hero for the Griffs in the double overtime contest against Mercyhurst.  Parker scored the game-winning score seven minutes into the second extra frame to advance the Griffs to the Atlantic Hockey semifinals for the first time since 2004. His goal was his third career score and his first career game-winning goal. The rookie now has six points, three goals and three assists this season.

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Report says Edwards failed two physicals before Bills

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

dwan EdwardsAaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports on Thursday that newly acquired Buffalo Bills defensive end Dwan Edwards was not offered a contract in previous free agent visits to Denver and Seattle because he didn’t pass each team’s physical.

In the same report, Wilson also wrote that the Baltimore Ravens, Edwards’ old team, withdrew an earlier contract offer because the six-year veteran declined to have neck surgery.

Edwards was forced to miss all of the 2008 season with a neck injury. According to reports, “Edwards underwent a procedure in which a disc was removed and replaced with one from a cadaver. His C3 and C4 vertebrae were then fused.”

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WNY Varisty Hockey Federation All-Star Team

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:49 am

WNY High School SportsCongratulations to the WNY Varsity Hockey Federation All-Stars.  The team consists of Bryan McPalane (Orchard Park), Josh Baker (Frontier), Dylan Arnold (Canisius), David Evert (Niagara-Wheatfield), Mark Arnone (Kenmore East) and Trevor Clark (Williamsville South)

Jake Rosen (Williamsville North), Paul Steinig (Canisius), Brian Osieja (West Seneca East), Bryan Komasara (Niagara-Wheatfield), Robert Neff (St. Joes) and Evan Korn (Orchard Park) comprised the second team.

Baker, Arnone and Clark also received extra recognition.  The three were named to the All-New York State second team squad.

Evert, Arnold and Rosen were named All-State Honorable Mention.

Game Preview: Sabres at Lightning

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:37 am

Craig Rivet Buffalo SabresThe good news for the Buffalo Sabres is barring a collapse of epic proportions their two-year playoff drought is coming to an end.  The bad news is if they don’t start to play better, the post season experience will be short lived.

Since the middle of January the Sabres have hardly resembled a playoff team, let alone one currently on top of the Northeast Division.  They’re just 6-11-4 since January 19 and have come off the ice with two points just four times over their last 15 games.

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Owens takes breaks from reality with contract demands

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 8:56 am

Terrell OwensAmong other things, Terrell Owens is a reality television star. Going by his latest reported contract aspirations however, he may be slipping from the reality that exists in his head.’s John Czarnecki reports that Drew Rosenhaus, agent for Owens is out trying to find a deal that will pay his client at least $5 million per year.

Not going to happen.

Owens has one likely route to one last significant payday, which could come if the Chicago Bears get desperate.  Though Owens doesn’t fit into the Mike Martz style of offense, the team could use a receiver and with Lovie Smith’s job in jeopardy are in “win-now” mode.  That could push the team to possibly consider Owens.  But even then it’s farfetched to think he’ll get $5 million.

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Kaleta calls on fans to “rock the house”

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

Patrick KaletaIt was a March night in 1996, and the hated Philadelphia Flyers were in town to face the feisty Buffalo Sabres. This rivalry was as heated as ever. You could sense something was going to happen that would set off a firestorm, and it did.

Matthew Barnaby bumped goaltender Garth Snow. Six minutes of intense, entertaining, even comical brawling mayhem ensued. Every player on the ice, including Buffalo’s Brad May and Bob Boughner and Philly forward Rod Brind’Amour, stuck up for their respective teammates with a level of energy and determination that would make you believe that they loved the game enough to play for free.

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Niagara sweeps St. Bona in baseball doubleheader

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

Tyler ScottThe Niagara baseball team swept Little 3 rival St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, winning game one 9-6 before capturing game two 14-13. The Purple Eagles bats exploded from their recent slump, collecting 11 hits in the first contest after totaling 10 hits in Tuesday’s doubleheader loss.

Niagara 9, St. Bonaventure 6
Matt Wietlispach provided the punch, going 3-for-3 and falling a double short of the cycle. The senior left fielder collected four RBIs, scored three runs and added a triple and the game-winning home run from the leadoff spot. Senior Jason Cramer went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, while junior Cam Stykemain scored three times.

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Rodney Pierce Named to NABC All-District Team

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 8:47 am

Rodney PierceUniversity at Buffalo senior guard Rodney Pierce was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District First Team. Buffalo is a member of District 14 , made up of schools from the Mid-American Conference. Pierce earned the award for the second straight year.

Pierce, who was also recently named a first-team All-MAC selection, led the Bulls and ranked third in the MAC in scoring - averaging 18.4 points per game. His 536 points scored on the year was the sixth best single-season effort in school history. Pierce also ranked second on the team in assists (94) and steals (43).

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