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Sabres playoff tickets to go on sale April 5

  • Posted on March 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm

buffalo sabres logoThe Buffalo Sabres announced tonight that individual game tickets for the four potential first-round homes games in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go on sale Monday, April 5 at 9 a.m. Dates and opponent have yet to be determined. There will be approximately 2,000 tickets available for each game.

Tickets will be available in person at the HSBC Arena Box Office, all tickets.com outlets in Tops Markets, online at www.sabres.com, tickets.com or charge by phone at 1-888-223-6000. Fans are encouraged to purchase online to avoid potential lineup delays at the arena box office.

Ticket prices range from $58 for 300 Level III/IV seats, to $173 for 200 Club Level seats. The complete pricing structure is outlined below:

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Mancari and Gerbe heading to Buffalo

  • Posted on March 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

The Buffalo Sabres recalled forwards Nathan Gerbe and Mark Mancari for the Portland Pirates prior to the Pirates game against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

For Mancari, this is his third recall to the Sabres this season. In four games, he’s scored one goal, one assists for two points with a plus-3 rating.

This is Gerbe’s second recall of the season. In his two games, he has two points (1g, 1a) with a plus-1 rating.

Mancari and Gerbe join Pirates’ forward Tyler Ennis, who was recalled to Buffalo on Saturday. He added a pair of assists in a 7-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

(Chris Roy is a contributing hockey writer for Buffalo Sports Daily. He’ll be covering the Sabres AHL affiliated Portland Pirates. He also runs a very good hockey site called the Maine Street Journal. Be sure to check it out)

  • Posted on March 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm

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Bandits back in playoff chase after fourth straight win

  • Posted on March 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

buffalo bandits logoThe Buffalo Bandits made it four in a row tonight as they topped the Rochester Knighthawks 14-7.

The Bandits would come out strong after a week off and gain a 2-0 lead early on at the Blue Cross Arena after Mark Steenhuis and Tom Montour lit the lamp.

The team would also add three more on the board to gain a 5-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Mike Accursi netted two of those goals while the other came from Brett Bucktooth.

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Home loss drops Stampede to 3-15

  • Posted on March 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm

buffalo stampedeThe nightmare season for the Buffalo Stampede of the PBL continued Saturday night.  The team dropped a 127-94 decision to Quebec at the Koessler Center and saw their record fall to 3-15 on the season.

Quebec basically had the game won by halftime after taking a 22 point lead into the locker room.

Mike Norwood led Buffalo with 20 points.  Corey Herring added 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

The Stampede has two more games remaining this season, both at home.  They face Halifax next on April 3.

Sabres beat Tampa; clinch playoff birth

  • Posted on March 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

A recap of Saturday night’s 7-1 Sabres victory over Tampa Bay that ensured Buffalo will end their two-year playoff drought.

Rising Stars

First rising star: Paul Gaustad
That’s the Paul Gaustad that Sabres fans have learned to love. It has been a while since the Goose has played well in back-to-back games. Goose finished the night with one goal (Could be two, but the goal officials are blind at The HSBC Arena) and acted as if he was Antero Nittymaki’s shadow in the first period. He’s one of the few physical players on the Sabres that can hold his own in the offensive zone. Goose is probably the biggest body the Sabres have that can take the pounding inside the crease which is always beneficial.

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Why the Bills shouldn’t pursue Donovan McNabb… yet

  • Posted on March 28, 2010 at 7:00 am

Donovan McNabbI’ve abstained from discussing the ongoing trade saga - or lack thereof - of Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. Will St. Louis make a move for him? How about Oakland, or even our beloved Buffalo Bills? Does McNabb even want to play for one of those teams? If he’s moved, will McNabb’s new team be anything more than rent-a-franchise for a year before moving on to greener pastures?

The worst-kept secret in the NFL right now is that the Bills need a franchise quarterback. It’s why the majority of mock drafters don’t have the Bills passing on a QB if one is available in their projection. It’s why self-represented free agents want to talk to this franchise. It’s why the Bills would even be interested in a 34-year-old quarterback with one year remaining on his deal in the first place. I don’t think it can be understated just how desperate Buffalo’s desire for a franchise QB is.

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Sabres recall AHL scoring leader Tyler Ennis

  • Posted on March 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that forward Tyler Ennis has been recalled from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

The 20 year-old forward arrived in Buffalo, NY this morning and is available to be in the line-up tonight when the Sabres take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at HSBC Arena.

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Sabres Recap: “Six Stars” Edition

  • Posted on March 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

How I hate writing posts on the Senators kicking our asses! I bet the word “domination” is mentioned like 10x in this post.


The Rising Stars

First Rising Star: Brian Elliott
Can you say Roman Cechmanek? In case you don’t know about the history of Cechmanek, he was the Flyers starting goaltender during the 2000-2001 season, and completely owned the Sabres. During the regular season, Cechmanek had a record of 4-0, with two shutouts and gave up just TWO goals in four games. Roman wasn’t anyone special. But for whatever reason, he completely owned Buffalo.

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UB Baseball Conference Series Moved

  • Posted on March 27, 2010 at 6:45 am

Due to unplayable field conditions at Buffalo’s Amherst Audubon Field, the University at Buffalo baseball team will open Mid-American Conference play this weekend against Eastern Michigan in Olean, NY at St. Bonaventure’s Fred Handler Park.

The schedule for the three-game set has also been changed. The Bulls and Eagles are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 27 beginning at 12:00 pm and a single game on Sunday, March 28 beginning at 12:00 pm.

The Bulls enter conference play with an overall record of 9-8.

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Bonnies to play Rochester Rhinos in Corning Saturday Night

  • Posted on March 27, 2010 at 6:30 am

Come watch the St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team take on the professional United States Soccer Federation Rochester Rhinos!

The teams face-off on Saturday March 27, at 7 p.m. at Corning Memorial Stadium. Ticket price is $6, and are available through members of the Corning United Soccer Club, the Soaring Capital Soccer Club, and the Corning Chamber of Commerce information center in the Baron Steuben Building. Tickets will also be available at the stadium on game day.

Players from both teams will be available after the game to sign autographs and talk to their fans. The Rhinos and St. Bonaventure will also have representatives available during the game; with brochures, schedules, and apparel.

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NU Women’s Hockey Skates With A Purpose

  • Posted on March 27, 2010 at 6:00 am

Niagara Women's HockeyA part of the Vincentian Mission is to develop leaders who will make a difference in their local communities while striving for both excellence and humility. The women’s hockey team is doing its part in fulfilling the mission with participation in several community service activities this season, in particular with Skating Athletics Bold At Heart (SABAH).

SABAH is as a Buffalo-based not-for-profit organization founded in 1977 that serves the developmental and recreational needs of children, youth and adults with all types of disabilities. SABAH currently runs two programs (Day and Evening/Weekend) for skaters of all ages; both begin in October and run through the spring.

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Sabres lose to Ottawa.. Again

  • Posted on March 27, 2010 at 3:36 am

The Buffalo Sabres will probably win the Northeast Division.  They  may end up earning the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs if they finish strong.

The way things have went for the past half-decade, it doesn’t matter.  The only thing important is that the Sabres at all cost avoid the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs.

For the fifth time this season the teams converged and for the fifth time it was the Senators taking two points into the dressing room. In front of a capacity crowd at HSBC Arena obviously more desperate for a win then the team they were cheering for, it was Ottawa on the winning end of a 4-2 decision.

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Buffalo Bills News & Notes: McNabb, Clausen, 41st pick

  • Posted on March 27, 2010 at 3:20 am

Josina Anderson, reporter for Fox 31 in Denver said that she spoke to a source within the Donovan McNabb camp, who as of Friday said “There is nothing going on with McNabb right now”.

Bills fans should trust Anderson.  She is the one who not only broke the story that Andra Davis was released by Denver earlier this month, but also broke the news that Davis had signed with the Bills.

Later on in the afternoon, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that McNabb spoke to Andy Reid on Thursday to tell him of his preference to spend this year with Philadelphia, not Oakland or Buffalo.

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Sabres look to excercise demons vs. Sens

  • Posted on March 26, 2010 at 1:21 am

Buffalo SabresIf there’s one statement I’ve made so far in 2010 that you can bank your mortgage on holding true, it’s that the Buffalo Sabres are sick and tired of the Ottawa Senators.

And for good reason, Ottawa has utterly owned the Sabres in recent years, including this current campaign.

Ottawa has faced the Sabres four times this season and beaten them all four times.  Overall they’ve won eight straight.  In fact since the NHL lockout ended in 2005-06 the Senators are 26-4-6 against Buffalo.

Buffalo badly wants that total to be 26-5-6 when they host their hated rival tonight at the HSBC Arena.

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Bisons improve to 4-0 in spring

  • Posted on March 26, 2010 at 12:58 am

buffalo bisons logoThe Buffalo Bisons improved to 4-0 this spring with an 8-1 victory over the Memphis Redbirds on Thursday afternoon from Jupiter, FL.

The Herd will face the New Orleans Zephyrs tomorrow afternoon from Jupiter, FL.

The Bisons offense pounded out 15 hits in the victory. INF Jolbert Cabrera was 3-5 at the plate with a double and two RBI while DH Val Pascucci was 3-4 with a double, and home run and two RBI. Last season’s team MVP, OF Jesus Feliciano had a pair of hits and a runs scored.

There are just 20 days until the Bisons’ 2010 Home Opener on Wednesday, April 14 against the Pawtucket Red Sox (3:05 p.m.). Tickets are now on-sale at bisons.com or by calling THE-HERD at (843-4373).

Buffalo Jr. Sabres to hold tryouts April 18

  • Posted on March 26, 2010 at 12:52 am

Buffalo Jr. SabresBuffalo Jr. Sabres General Manager/Head Coach Grant Ledyard today announced the tryout schedule for the team’s 2010-11 Ontario Junior Hockey League season.

The Jr. Sabres will be holding an open tryout at Riverside Ice Rink on Sunday, April 18 beginning at 10 a.m. Each player attending the camp will be required to pay a $10 fee and sign a waiver form before they can participate. All interested players are encouraged to visit www.sabres.com/tryout to complete the registration and waiver. Once registered, players will be notified as to what team they will be playing on. The schedule for the day is as follows:

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Friday Fish Fry With UB Coach Jeff Quinn

  • Posted on March 26, 2010 at 12:48 am

University at Buffalo Football Head Coach Jeff Quinn will be appearing for a meet and greet for a ³Friday Fish Fry with Coach Quinn at the Kenilworth Fire Hall, Friday, March 26 from 5:00pm ­ 6:30pm. Fans can come out and
meet head coach Jeff Quinn and enter to win a UB Fan Basket. Purchasing a fish fry supports the Kenilworth Fire Hall.

The Kenilworth Fire Hall is located at 84 Hawthorne Avenue in the City of Buffalo.

Quinn recently began his first session of spring practices as head coach of the Bulls. UB will play their annual Spring Game on April 24th at 2pm.  The game is open to the public.

Kaleta, Tallinder both on ice at practice for Sabres

  • Posted on March 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Buffalo SabresGood news for the Buffalo Sabres on the injury front.  Patrick Kaleta and Henrik Tallinder were both injured during the Sabres wild comeback win over Montreal last night.  Kaleta left for good late in the second period after being hit in the neck.  Tallinder left with seven minutes remaining after suffering from dizziness, a result of his head hitting the ice.

It doesn’t look either will miss time.  Both were back on the ice at practice today for the Sabres in Amherst.

Head coach Lindy Ruff said after practice that Tallinder is feeling better and doesn’t think it will be an issue going forward.

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Five Reasons The Bills WILL Draft Jimmy Clausen

  • Posted on March 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Jimmy ClausenNot long ago, Buffalo Sports Daily contributing blogger Joe Pinzone listed five reasons why the Buffalo Bills would not draft Jimmy Clausen.  In his best effort to play both sides of the fence and cover all his tracks, Pinzone comes back with this column defining five reasons why we draft him.

Enjoy… Unless you hate Jimmy Clausen.

5) A New Hope (Insert Star Wars Theme)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…the Buffalo Bills selected Jim Kelly in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. After a detour in the USFL, Kelly arrived in Buffalo with a ton of fan fair and was viewed as the savior for the franchise. All Ralph Wilson had to do was look at the crowd during the home opener against the Jets. It marked the first time in three years that the Bills were able to sell out Rich Stadium (Now Ralph Wilson stadium). Wilson and the Bills fans knew they had something special.
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Blog leaks next year’s Sabres jersey

  • Posted on March 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Sabres Jersey

Thanks to the popular jersey website Icethetics, the rumored new Sabres alternate jersey has been leaked.

Allegedly the Sabres will use their current third jersey as their regular home uniform next year.  According to the site, Reebok lists the Sabres’ road sweater as “TBD”, but it will most likely be a white version of the current alternates.

Nothing will be made official until the summer.

What’s your opinion of the jersey?

An Examination of Bills Second Rounders

  • Posted on March 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Donovan McNabb BuffaloNow that it’s common knowledge the Philadelphia Eagles are at least entertaining trade offers for Donovan McNabb, it’s only logical for the Buffalo Bills to be linked to rumors.  The Bills are one of the few teams in the league with a completely unsettled quarterback situation, so much that as of now Chan Gailey claims there will be an open competition come training camp.

It’s being reported the Eagles could part with McNabb for a second round pick.  It’s also been reported that the St. Louis Rams have already offered their second round pick (33rd overall) to the Eagles, though both sides have denied such an offer.

Buffalo owns the ninth pick of the second round, the 41st overall.

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R.I.P. Wayne Patrick

  • Posted on March 25, 2010 at 10:34 am

Older Buffalo Bills fans will remember fullback Wayne Patrick.  Unfortunately, Patrick passed away Wednesday after a long illness at 64 years old.

Signed by the Bills in 1968 after being cut by the Cincinnati Bengals as a 10th round draft pick out of Louisville, Patrick played for the Bills for five seasons.  During that time he ran for 1,084 yards and scored five touchdowns. He also caught 96 passes out of the backfield.

He was best known as a hard-nose blocking fullback for O.J. Simpson during his first few seasons in the league.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Baseball: Bonnies power past Big 4 rival Canisius, 12-6

  • Posted on March 25, 2010 at 6:15 am

St. Bonaventure baseballSt. Bonaventure sophomore Nick Brennen ripped two home runs for the second straight game and the Bonnies pounded out double-digit hits for the eighth time this season en route to a 12-6 win at Big 4 rival Canisius on Wednesday afternoon at Demske Sports Complex.

Brennen’s second consecutive game with multiple home runs gives him a team-high six on the season and a gaudy 10 RBI over his last two contests. Brennen went 3-for-4 in the game with two runs scored and four RBI. The St. Marys, Pa. product has a home run in three of his last four games and four in his last nine at-bats.

The win moves St. Bonaventure to 4-8 heading into the start of Atlantic 10 play this weekend. The Bonnies will head south for their opening three-game conference set against perennial power Charlotte. Game one of the three-day weekend series will take place on Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m.

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Bulls Swept by Syracuse in Softball

  • Posted on March 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

GallipaniThe University at Buffalo softball team dropped a pair of games to Syracuse Wednesday, falling to the Orange 3-2 in game one and 8-0 in the night cap, bringing their record to 8-18 overall.

In game one of the afternoon, Buffalo scored first, putting up two runs in the top of third inning as Dominique Carcone, Kristin Waldron and Alyssa Ward all singled. The Bulls were able to capitalize on a pair of Syracuse errors and an RBI from Ward to earn the runs. Syracuse bounced back and bettered the Bulls’ score, earning three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. The Bulls had a chance to tie it up in the top of the seventh with a double from Kristen Gallipani but the Syracuse defense stranded the batter and ended the game.

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