TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.
-- The Buffalo Sabres
had a memorable opener in their Traverse City Prospects tournament debut here at Center ICE Arena on Saturday following a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild
After spotting the defending Traverse City Tournament champion Wild a 2-0 lead on power-play goals by Zack Phillips
and Chay Genoway, Luke Adam
and Nick Crawford
connected in a span of 3:34 late in the first period to pull the Sabres even.
The teams exchanged goals in the second with Riley Boychuk
giving Buffalo a 3-2 lead before Minnesota's Mike Kramer
evened the contest with just six seconds left.
The Sabres then broke the game open in the third on goals by Jonathan Parker
, Daniel Catenacci
and Phil Varone. Sabres starting goalie Nathan Lieuwen
turned aside 18 shots to earn the victory. Minnesota's Darcy Kuemper
took the loss, stopping 18 of 23 shots.