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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Jr. Sabres topped 43 other teams to win the College Open Division at the 2011 Chowder Cup summer hockey tournament held in Boston, Mass. from July 21-24.

The Chowder Cup has grown considerably since its inception in 1984 and is now considered emblematic of junior supremacy after the regular seasons are completed. This year’s tournament was comprised of 100 teams among the Jr. A Elite Division and the College Open Division.

The Jr. Sabres went undefeated in the four-day tournament, posting a 7-0 record and outscoring their opponents by a 37-5 margin. That record included a 4-0 run through the playoffs on Championship Sunday, culminating in a 2-1 victory in the championship game against the Connecticut Yankees, led by Head Coach and NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier.

“The final [on Sunday] was against a very talented and hard-skating Connecticut team,” said Jr. Sabres Head Coach Grant Ledyard. “After we played a late game Saturday night a 9 p.m., we showed up bright and early Sunday for the first playoff game and never missed a beat.”

The Jr. Sabres team that competed in the tournament consisted of skaters aged 16-19, including three players entering their second season of Jr. A hockey. The remainder of the players are Jr. Sabres rookies or players still competing in midget hockey.

Four Jr. Sabres were named to the Chowder Cup College Division All-Tournament Team: Shane Bennett (forward), Nolan Sheeran (forward), Dylan Howatt (defense) and Tyler Fallica (goaltender). Bennett also won Tournament MVP honors.

Buffalo Jr. Sabres Chowder Cup Roster

Name Pos. Birth Year 2011-12 Team

Shane Bennett
F 1993 Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Nicholas Berst
F 1992 Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Connor Boyd
F 1994 Jr. Sabres 18u AAA
Tyler Fallica  G 1994 Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Parker Gahagen
G 1993 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Rocky Gruttadauria F 1992 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Dylan Howatt D 1994 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Bryan Komasara D 1993 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Jake Ledyard D 1992 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Chris Luker D 1992 Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Max Mikowski
F 1993 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Kennedy Monaco F 1994 St. Francis Prep
Shaun Patry F 1994 Rochester EJHL
Ryan Schmelzer F 1993 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Brandon Schrader D 1994 Buffalo Blades Jr. B
Kollin Schultz D 1994 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Nolan Sheeran F 1994 Jr. Sabres 18u AAA
Nick Smith F 1995 Buffalo Jr. Sabres


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