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MOTTE TO START IN NET MONDAY IN PROSPECTS CHALLENGE FINALE

by Jourdon LaBarber / Buffalo Sabres

C.J. Motte will see his first action of the Prospects Challenge on Monday when the Buffalo Sabres take on the Boston Bruins. Coach Randy Cunneyworth made the announcement after Buffalo’s practice Sunday at First Niagara Center.

Motte, who signed an AHL deal in July, did not play in Buffalo’s 6-2 win over New Jersey on Friday. He posted a 2.77 GAA and stopped 92 percent of the shots he faced in 40 games with Ferris State University last season.

Cunneyworth said it has not yet been decided whether or not Motte will play the entire game. He could be backed up by either Andrey Makarov or Keegan Asmundson. Makarov started on Saturday and stopped all 14 shots he faced.

The Sabres coaching staff would like each player on the roster make an appearance in the showcase. So it’s likely that Jake McCabe, Justin Kea, William Carrier and Brady Austin – all of whom did not play Saturday – could be among those to dress against Boston.

The Bruins are coming off a 4-3 overtime victory, besting the New Jersey Devils in the second game of the round-robin Prospects Challenge presented by Tops, Post Foods and Honey Bunches of Oats. Frank Vtrano, a product of UMass-Amherst, scored twice for Boston, including the game winner 13 seconds into the extra period. Bruins goaltender Daniel Vladar made 32 saves to pick up the win.

Stay tuned to Sabres.com for lineup news and gameday interviews. Faceoff between the Sabres and Buins is scheduled for 7 p.m. from First Niagara Center.

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