Sabres wrap up rookie camp
This morning the Buffalo Sabres concluded their week-long development camp with a scrimmage at Dwyer Arena.
With a packed house at Niagara University, the Blue squad defeated White by a score of 9-6. Marcus Foligno was the star of the scoresheet, scoring three goals for Blue.
While looking at the rosters, White seemed to be the favorites here, with their roster featuring Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis. While Ennis was spectacular, Myers didn’t really dominate the play as one would expect.
Blue got out to an early two goal lead. Nathan Gerbe grabbed the puck in his own zone, and with Myers caught pinching, raced down the ice and fired a shot which was kicked into the slot by Connor Knapp. Corey Tropp was there to cash the rebound less than a minute into play. Not even a minute later, Alex Biega sent a soft wrist shot from the point which beat Knapp high glove.
White earned one back as Travis Turnbull appeared to knock home a loose puck past Jhonas Enroth in a scramble in the crease, with Maxime Legault and Christian Isackson hovering. Moments later it was Riley Boychuk winning a battle behind the net and finding camp invitee Brody Sutter alone in the slot to tie the game.
Foligno tallied his first of the game to put Blue back into the lead, as Mark Adams found him alone in the slot with a nice pass from along the wall. Connor Knapp’s struggling glove seemed exposed as he was beaten to his left again.
Tyler Ennis, who was by all accounts the most dynamic player in camp this week, found his way to the scoresheet as he beat his defender along the wall with a sick head-fake and spotted T.J. Brennan pinching in the slot. Brennan’s glove side laser beat Enroth to tie the game. Travis Turnbull later scored on a penalty shot to give White the 4-3 lead headed into the break.
The second period was dominated, on the scoreboard at least, by Blue. Brayden McNabb opened the second period scoring past Knapp with a hard wrist shot from the point. Soon after, Luke Adam put Blue into the lead again, and that was followed by Foligno pounding home a rebound off the end boards. Gerbe scored around the midway mark, capitalizing on Knapp’s miscommunication with Myers, leaving a yawning net and Blue with a 7-4 lead.
After Gerbe’s goal, in came Brad Eidsness in net for White and Nick Eno for Blue, and both looked solid to start. Each goalie stopped every challenge, including a few penalty shots, to keep the score 7-4 after two periods.
McNabb’s hard wrist shot helped Blue finally get one on Eidsness, as the initial shot was blocked away to Jacob Legace who buried the rebound. Eidsness continued to make saves though, including a stop on Foligno on a three-on-one break.
Kevin Sundher helped White cut the lead with a penalty shot goal. Sundher gave a nice stick fake and beat Eno on the backhand to make it 8-5. Felix Schutz made it 8-6 as he took a drop pass from Ennis and wristed it past Eno.
With White on the attack, Zack Kassian made a crucial mistake with the puck, sending an errant pass to the point on the rush. The puck skidded down into the other end, forcing Eidsness to come out and play it. Getting leveled by Eidsness, Jacob Legace was able to poke it free for Foligno, who skated it to the open net for the 9-6 lead.
White was unable to generate much more offensive pressure, and the scrimmage came to an end. More insight on performances to come.
Blue – Corey Tropp (Nathan Gerbe)
Blue – Alex Biega
White – Travis Turnbull
White – Brody Sutter (Riley Boychuk)
Blue – Marcus Foligno (Mark Adams)
White – T.J. Brennan (Tyler Ennis)
White – Travis Turnbull (penalty shot)
Blue – Brayden McNabb
Blue – Luke Adam
Blue – Marcus Foligno
Blue – Nathan Gerbe
Blue – Jacob Legace (Brayden McNabb)
White – Kevin Sundher (penalty shot)
White – Felix Schutz (Tyler Ennis, Zack Kassian)
Blue – Marcus Foligno (Jacob Legace)
Blue – Jhonas Enroth – 4 GA
Blue – Nick Eno – 2 GA
White – Connor Knapp – 7 GA
White – Brad Eidsness – 2 GA
Travis Turnbull on Jhonas Enroth – goal
Jacob Legace on Connor Knapp – save
Drew Schiestel on Brad Eidsness – save
Alex Gellert on Brad Eidsness – save
Kevin Sundher on Nick Eno – save
Marcus Foligno on Brad Eidsness – post
Kevin Sundher on Nick Eno – goal