Maine Hockey Journal

Buffalo resilient in win over Leafs

Buffalo, NY – The old adage goes “never give up until the final whistle”.

The Buffalo Sabres were rewarded by never giving up, getting a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs with Ales Kotalik’s goal just 1:03 into the overtime period.

Toronto had controlled much of the game, leading 2-0 with a little over two minutes left on the clock, but Boyd Devereaux’s hooking penalty gave the Sabres the opening they needed to get on the board.

At 17:39, Derek Roy deflected Maxim Afinogenov spin-a-round shot past Justin Pogge, breaking up the shutout for the young netminder.

Paul Gaustad scored his first of the preseason when he redirected the puck by Pogge with only five seconds left on the clock, sending the HSBC Arena into a loud frenzy.

Several potential Pirates were in the line up including defenseman Mike Weber, and forwards Felix Schutz and Marek Zagrapan.

Despite the loss, Pogge played extremely well as he stymied the Sabres for much the game, making 28 saves.

Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller made 26 saves on 28 shots for the win as the Sabres improve to 1-2 in preseason action.

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The Portland Pirates will open camp this week as player’s report to Portland on Monday and Tuesday. The first on-ice day will be Wednesday and Portland will travel to Fitchburg Mass. on Sunday Oct. 5 for their only preseason game, taking on the Albany River Rats at the Wallace Civic Center.

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Pirates Head Coach Kevin Dineen was on hand Saturday in Philadelphia to take part in the festivities to celebrate the Wachovia Spectrum. Dineen, a former captain, was one of a number of former Flyers in attendance celebrating the Specturm’s 41-year history, which will be closed after the conclusion of the season for the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.

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