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Sabres go 3-1-1 in USA-Canada Cup weekend action

The Stoney Creek Junior Sabres participated in the USA-Canada Cup Dec. 7 to Dec. 9 in Kitchener.

The Junior Sabres went 3-1-1 at the tournament, but did not advance to a medal game.

The Sabres opened with a 4-2 win over National Sports Academy from Lake Placid and followed up with a 5-1 win over Detroit Little Caesars, before dropping a close 1-0 decision to North American Hockey Academy from Vermont. The team ended the round-robin play with a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Lady Blues and settled for a 2-2 against Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy from British Columbia in their last game.

Sabres 4, NSA 2
The Sabres opened up a 2-0 first period lead, as Sydney McKibbon scored on a power play when she tipped in a Madison Field shot from the top of the circle.  Field scored before the end of the period, when she banged a loose puck in the crease off a Sarah Nurse shot.
In the second, the Sabres went up by three, when McKibbon picked up a loose puck and snapped a quick shot past the NSA goalie. NSA got back in the game, when the Sabres got into penalty problems, and scored on a five-on-three.
NSA got within one early in the third period, but the very next shift the Sabres restored their two-goal lead, when Field tipped a Madison Brown clearing pass and went in on a two-on-one with Sarah Quaranta, who made no mistake.
Taylor Cook got the win in net.

Sabres 5, Little Caesars 1
The Sabres scored early in the first period and controlled the game from the outset. Field had a big game, scoring twice in the first period – the first on a power play from Teresa Horner and McKibbon and the second from Kristina Kocsis.
In the second, Olivia Atkinson scored on a rebound off a Devon Morrison point shot with Paige Jackson picking up the assist.
The Sabres went up 5-0 in the third period, when Brown wired a one timer from the point from Field and Kocsis and Morrison scored from the point from Horner and Sarah Quaranta. The Little Caesars broke Brittany Smrke’s shutout bid late in the period.

Sabres 0, NAHA 1
NAHA scored early in the first period and was able to keep the Sabres at bay.
The Sabres had several loose pucks in the crease late in the game, but could not cash in on any of their chances.
Cook took the loss in net.

Sabres 5, Blues 2
Atkinson opened the scoring from McKibbon, before Nurse put the Sabres up 2-0 from McKibbon. Horner scored unassisted, when she picked off a clearing pass at the point and walked in and snapped a shot past the Blues’ netminder. Rosie Heffernan then made it 4-0, as she came over the blue-line and snapped a hard wrist shot just inside the post from Nurse. The Blues got one back, before Quaranta made it 5-1 from Atkinson. The Blues got a consolation goal late in the game.
Smrke picked up the win in net.

Sabres 2, POE 2
After a scoreless first period, the Sabres got a shorthanded goal when Field picked up a loose puck behind the net and scored on the wraparound, before the POE goalie could recover. Nurse got the assist.
The Sabres took a penalty and POE scored on a screened shot from the point with five minutes to go in the game. Nurse put the Sabres in front with less than two minutes to go, when she went in on a two-on-one, cut in front and snapped a backhand shot past the POE goalie. POE was able to bang in a rebound off a scramble in front of the net with three seconds to go.
The Sabres managed to kill off a penalty in overtime, as the game ended 2-2.
Cook got the tie in net.

The Sabres return to Provincial Women’s Hockey League action this Friday, when they take on the Bluewater Hawks at 9 p.m. at Valley Park Arena.

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