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The Buffalo Sabres have announced the roster for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 12U hockey team that will compete at the 53rd Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament from Feb. 14-24, 2013 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec.

The team, created specifically to participate in the annual 11-day tournament held each February in Quebec City, is comprised of players who reside in the Western New York and Central New York regions.

PLAYER CARD 97 Jack babbage 5'2" 112 lbs. "jb" syracuse nationals
PLAYER CARD 88 Reese burek 5'3" 118 LBS. "Reeser" rochester alliance
PLAYER CARD 18 Matthew Doyle 5'8" 148 LBS. buffalo regals
PLAYER CARD 2 OWEN green 4'11" 110 LBS. "O" buffalo regals
PLAYER CARD 10 Kuba jakson 5'1" 90 LBS. "KUBA" buffalo regals
PLAYER CARD 7 Adam kolcon 5'0" 110 LBS. rochester alliance
PLAYER CARD 8 Chloe harvey 5'4" 108 LBS. rochester monarchs
PLAYER CARD 66 maccoy abrams 5'6" 116 LBS. "COY" syracuse nationals
PLAYER CARD 11 matthew barbolini 5'2" 94 LBS. buffalo regals
PLAYER CARD 61 patrick callahan 5'1" 97 LBS. "PAT" syracuse nationals
PLAYER CARD 86 joel farabee 5'1" 100 LBS. "JOJO" syracuse nationals
PLAYER CARD 63 spencer frome 5'3" 120 LBS. "SPENCE" amherst knights
PLAYER CARD 16 lucas herrmann 5'2" 100 LBS. "LUC" buffalo regals
PLAYER CARD 19 trevor peca 5'9" 129 LBS. buffalo regals
PLAYER CARD 15 zachary rehbaum 5'6" 127 LBS. "BOMBER" amherst knights
PLAYER CARD 91 cameron trejchel 5'0" 108 LBS. "CAM" amherst knights
PLAYER CARD 21 kevin wall 5'2" 105 LBS. "WALLY" rochester alliance
PLAYER CARD 43 joshua graziano 5'6" 121 LBS. "GRAZ" buffalo regals
PLAYER CARD 39 dan mikolajczak 5'2" 92 LBS. "DAN" amherst knights
PLAYER CARD 42 chayse Ierlan 5'7" 140 LBS. "JR." rochester monarchs


Game Recap: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday’s contest against the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers did not disappoint the almost 12,000 in attendance. It was a back-and-forth battle as Philadelphia scored early in the first, and just seconds into the middle period to give them a 2-0 lead. The Jr. Flyers seemed to be in control leading the shot total 14-7, and limiting chances through two periods of play. Coach Rory Fitzpatrick gave an intermission speech that lit a fire under the Sabres squad as they came out flying, - outshooting, outchancing, and most importantly, outscoring the Flyers as they netted three goals within a span of three minutes to take a 3-2 lead early in the third, with Joel Farabee, Spencer Frome and Cameron Trejchel netting the Buffalo goals.

“It was great to storm back and take the lead early in the third period. If anything, it was too early in the period as the clock didn’t even seem to move,” assistant coach Pat Fisher said after the game. That proved to be true as Philadelphia tied the game with only 45 seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime. In overtime, the action was end-to-end as each team had their share of scoring chances. With a faceoff deep in the Flyers zone with only 13 seconds remaining, Buffalo was looking to end the game off the draw or bring the game to a shootout. But nobody expected what would happen next. As the Flyers controlled the draw, center Kyle Peters took a neutral zone pass streaking down the left wing and with less than a second remaining scored the overtime game-winner to knock the 12U Sabres out of the tournament.

In his post-game press conference, coach Fitzpatrick said: “It was a tough way to lose in the last second. But if you look at where these kids came from, and what they accomplished, they have no reason to hang their heads in there. This was a very special team and a great group of kids.”

Even though the team fell short of their ultimate goal to win it all, this team accomplished much more than anyone thought they were capable of. The team’s success is a reminder of how deep the talent is in Western New York. We competed with the best teams from around the world and we will no longer be the underdog in Quebec for years to come.

Game Recap: Friday, February 22, 2013

The Buffalo Sabres Pee-Wee team can no longer be considered an “underdog” as they rolled past the New York Rangers 4-1 this morning at The Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. The Rangers, coached by former Stanley Cup winner and USA Hockey legend Mike Richter, were considered one of the best teams in the tournament heading into today’s affair. Rochester native Kevin Wall opened the scoring on a nice feed from Spencer Frome just one minute into the game. Just minutes later the Sabres kept the foot on the pedal, going ahead 2-0 on a power play tip in from forward Pat Callahan. The Rangers however did not back down and started to apply heavy pressure. Thanks to some great d-play and goaltender Dan Mikolajczak making several point blank saves, the Rangers were held scoreless through two periods of play. Heading into the third Buffalo held a 2-0 lead just as Honeybaked did yesterday in the, come from behind win. Despite getting off to a slow start in the third period, center Joel Farabee ripped a shot past Rangers goaltender to make it a 3-0 game.

“We knew we needed to play even better in the third period if we wanted to win. We saw what happened to Detroit yesterday and we were determined to win the game,” Farabee said.

The Rangers however answered back minutes later to bring it back to a two goal game. Farabee -- “Jo-Jo” as they call him -- was indeed determined to get the win as he dragged the puck through two Rangers players, put a nice move on the goalie and slid the puck in to secure the 4-1 win for Buffalo. Mikolajczak made 26 saves to earn the win. The team will now have to watch and wait as they take on the winner of the Philadelphia Flyers/Harfangs Du Quebec matchup tonight at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

The Sabres next game will be Saturday at 1pm. With a win they would play another game at 8pm for a chance to advance to the finals on Sunday.

Game Recap: Thursday, February 21, 2013

It wouldn’t be stretch to say that the No. 2 team in the nation, Detroit Honeybaked, were heavy favorites going into Thursday’s elimination game at The Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. You don’t have to look too far to realize the number of NHL hockey players Honeybaked puts out year after year. Buffalo’s own Nathan Gerbe played his youth hockey with Detroit and was even one of their stars in this Quebec tournament in 1990.

Detroit got off to a fast start scoring the opening goal less than five minutes into the game. Buffalo goaltender Josh Graziano turned away several scoring chances to end the period only down by a goal. Detroit took back-to-back penalties to give Buffalo a 5-on-3 power play early in the second and despite several scoring chances Buffalo still could not find the back of the net. Minutes after returning to full strength Detroit would score another goal on a scrum in front of the net to make it a 2-0 game. As both teams returned to the locker rooms after two periods of play Buffalo was being out chanced and outshot 18-13.

Many teams would be happy to stay within a few goals of a storied team like Detroit Honeybaked, but not this Sabres team. The team took the ice for the third period with a sense of purpose, to show the world they belong here and beat the highest remaining seed in the tournament. Just minutes into the third, Joel Farabee roofed a perfect shot past the Detroit goalie to make it a 2-1 game. The ice finally seemed to be tilting in Buffalo’s direction. They saw they could score on this team and had a renewed self confidence. Farabee, on a great pass from Kevin Wall would score again just minutes later to tie the game and bring the thousands in attendance to their feet. With less than two minutes remaining it felt as if the game was heading to overtime until Buffalo’s Zach Rehbaum came flying down the left wing to score high glove on what would be the eventual game winner.

Detroit then called a timeout to calm their players and try to tie the game with less than 90 seconds remaining. Detroit’s pressure was amazing but they had trouble getting shots through. Matthew Barbolini made a great play that will not make the score sheet as he went down to block a point blank scoring opportunity. “I remember coach telling us to get in the lanes and not let any shots through. I am in a lot of pain from the shot but would block 100 more to get the win,” Barbolini would go on to say after the game. As Buffalo finally cleared the zone with under 10 seconds remaining, the crowd, players, and coaches, realized they just knocked off a giant and sent home Detroit, a favorite to win the tournament year after year.

“It’s an amazing feeling; it still hasn’t set in. These players will remember this moment for the rest of their lives. I told the kids before the game, they are just as talented and belong on the same ice with a team like Detroit,” head coach Rory Fitzpatrick said after the game.

Up next up for Buffalo is the highly talented New York Rangers Elite Team on Friday (8 a.m.) at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

Game Recap: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

On Wednesday morning, the Buffalo Pee Wee Sabres fell to Westchester Express 4-3 despite several late chances to tie the game.

Down 4-2 with 1:30 left in the third period goaltender Dan Mikolajczak left the net to give the team the extra attacker. Joel Farabee split the defense to bring the Sabres within one but despite several last minute attempts they could not get the equalizer. Maccoy Abrams and Matthew Barbolini also tallied goals in the losing effort.

Game Recap: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

On Tuesday, the 12U Pee Wee Buffalo Sabres played their best and most complete game since the team was assembled, beating the Finland Selects 5-1 in an exhibition game. Finland is 1-0 in tournament play as they beat the New York Islanders 8-3 yesterday at The Pepsi Coliseum.

Finland scored in the first on a nice passing play to open the scoring. The lead didn’t last for long as red-hot Zach Rehbaum scored one of his two goals on the night just one minute later. The first period ended in a 1-1 tie. Trevor Peca scored just 23 seconds into the second on what would be the eventual game-winning goal. A pair of Syracuse forwards Joel Farabee and Pat Callahan would add the next two goals to make it a 4-1 game after two periods of play. The shifty Finnish team applied heavy pressure for much of the third period but thanks to the combination of stellar defense and a few key saves from goaltender Josh Graziano, the Finns would not find the back of the net again. Following the win over Finland, one of the billet families invited the team to their house to skate on their outdoor rink, play video games, and watch a movie as the team enjoyed a few hours of much needed down time. At 7 p.m. just as the NHL Sabres took the ice against Winnipeg, the Pee Wee Sabres played an inter-squad scrimmage with a local Quebec Atom team. “The Atom level kids only being two years younger than our players had a blast skating with and getting to wear the actual jerseys as our team. These kids really look up to our players and it was a great experience,” assistant coach Pat Fisher said after the game.

On Wednesday the team has an early exhibition game as they face off against the Westchester Select team in preparation for Thursday’s big, “win or go home” tournament game against Detroit Honeybaked.

Game Recap: Monday, February 18, 2013

The Buffalo Sabres 12U Pee Wee team took the ice Monday in front of thousands at The Quebec Pepsi Coliseum. This marks the team’s first ever tournament game in the Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament in Quebec City, QC. Trevor Peca, son of former Buffalo Sabres captain Michael Peca, scored twice including the game-winning goal to beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in overtime.

The first goal scored by Peca came early in the second period on a nice feed from Lucas Herrmann. St. Louis answered 40 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1. The game remained tied through the rest of the second and entire third period despite many scoring chances by both teams. With three seconds remaining in regulation, Sabres goalie Dan Mikolajczak turned away a point-blank scoring opportunity to send the game to overtime. In overtime, early pressure from Buffalo led to a four-on-three power play. On the power play Peca scored on a nice assist from defenseman Matthew Doyle to win the game giving the 12U Sabres their first ever tournament win.

Mikolajczak turned away 33 shots which helped his team earn the victory. Next up for the team will be three exhibition games before their next big tournament game against Detroit Honeybaked, who are currently ranked number two in the United States. Current Buffalo Sabre Nathan Gerbe, who practiced with the Pee-Wee Sabres just weeks ago, played in this very same tournament with Detroit Honeybaked.

Game Recap: Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Buffalo Sabres 12U Pee Wee team played two exhibition games on Sunday, in advance of their first tournament game on Monday at the Colisee against the St. Louis Blues.

In the first game, the Sabres faced off against the Nashville Jr. Preds, coached by former Buffalo Sabre J-P Dumont. Buffalo cruised to a 7-0 with Zachary Rehbaum netting a hat-trick. Joel Farabee, Maccoy Abrams, Cameron Trejchel and Trevor Peca also scored in the game. Joshua Grazino was in net for the shutout.

The second game against the DDO Ouest Vipers from Montreal was played with little rest and less than three hours after the Nashville game, and was expected to be a tougher test. The game was held at the historic Le Galerie, which is an ice rink in a mall, surrounded by roller coasters and a ferris wheel. “You could hear screams from the rides while on the ice and see the roller coaster fly by you; it was a little distracting,” said defenseman Owen Green from Kenmore, NY.

Rehbaum scored in the first period to bring his Sunday goal total to four. The Vipers went ahead 2-1 early in the third and hung on to the lead until Matthew Doyle snuck in from the point to slam in a rebound with only 3:33 left in the game. On the next shift Joel Farabee scored what would be the game winning goal. Goaltender Dan Mikolajczak secured the 3-2 Sabres’ win by stopping the Vipers on several scoring chances late in the game.

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