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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

2013 Scotty Bowman Showcase

Monday, April 15, 2013
First Niagara Center

The best high school hockey seniors from the Buffalo and Rochester areas convened at First Niagara Center Monday night to square off in the ninth annual Scotty Bowman Showcase. Buffalo’s all-stars, which had gone 6-2 in the event throughout its history, added a seventh trophy to its mantle, defeating Rochester 9-0 to recapture the Bowman Cup.

Buffalo overcame the chippy first half, which saw its fair share of big hits, grinding out a 1-0 lead into the break. They erupted from there, netting their second goal 42 seconds into the second half to set off an eight-goal scoring surge, which included four goals in a five-minute span, to break the game wide open.

It took until the 3:17 mark of the first half for the game’s first goal to be scored. With Buffalo shorthanded, St. Joe’s forward Eric Paradowski gathered an errant puck at neutral ice and broke into the offensive zone on a two-on-one, outracing the defenseman to the net where he slid the puck five-hole past the goalie.

The game’s second goal was scored with Buffalo on the power play early in the second half when Alex Corbett (Bishop-Timon) slid a pass across the slot to Manny Manns (Lancaster), who buried the first of his three goals on the night.

Buffalo built its lead to 4-0 on scores from Bob Piotrowicz (Frontier) and Manns’ second, before piling up four more goals at a rapid pace midway through the half. Piotrowicz finished off the game’s scoring with 1:23 to play with his second goal.

Chris Reinhardt (Cheektowaga Central), Nick George (St. Joe’s) and Connor Naughton (Canisius) combined in net to earn the shutout.

Manns (3+0), Randy Dinatale of Sweet Home (0+3), Austin Bianchi of Williamsville East (1+2) and Tyler McTigue of St. Francis (1+2) led the way with three points each. Lockport’s Rick Eberhardt notched two assists, adding to the three points he put up last year as a junior when Buffalo defeated Rochester, 7-2.

Clarence’s Brian Ruff, son of former Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff, also tallied two assists. Dimitrios Gogos of St. Joe’s finished with a goal and an assist. Defensemen Ty Gallagher (Grand Island) and Tom Ryan (Kenmore West) had one helper apiece.

-game report by Brandon Schlager


Buffalo defeated Rochester 3-2 to win the Rick Martin Memorial Cup in exciting fashion, with the two teams combining for four goals in the final six minutes of action.

After Rochester hit the post on two early opportunities, Buffalo settled in and took control of the first half. Cory Swift (Loomis Chaffee) got the scoring started 6:26 into the first half for Buffalo as he banged home a loose puck in front of the Rochester net. Eric Benshadle (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U) and Ben Sharf (Loomis Chaffee) picked up assists on the Swift goal.

Rochester’s goaltender Jake Byrniaski (Maksymum) kept the deficit to just one in the first half by making a big save on Mike Coyne (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U). Coyne was coming across the crease and Byrniaski snared the puck with his glove hand.

Swift had a glorious opportunity to score his second goal early in the second half, but his shorthanded breakaway chance was stopped by Rochester’s Jordan Severo (Belle Tire 16U).

Rochester finally broke through on the power play with just under six minutes left as Joe Drabin (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U) tied the score at one. Eric Benshadle scored with just two minutes left on the clock to put Buffalo back in front. Nick Smith (Nichols) added an empty net goal that ended up being the game winner because Rochester’s Bryan Carville (Maksymum) scored with just 8.5 seconds left. It was too little too late though as Buffalo skated away with the Rick Martin Memorial Cup.

Blaine Brock (Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U) played flawless in net for Buffalo in the first half with a little help from his friends - the left and right posts. Anthony Tirabassi (Nichols) and Bobby Bloomfield (Buffalo Jr. Sabres) shared time in the second half for Buffalo.

-game report by Derek Wangler

Rochester played near-perfect defense in the opening game of the Scotty Bowman Showcase, defeating Buffalo by a score of 4-1.

Rochester struck first on a goal by Brandon Henshaw (Brockport). Henshaw’s initial shot was saved by Buffalo goaltender Adam Dentico (Williamsville East) but he collected his own rebound and scored from just in front of the net as he fell to the ground. Anthony DePetres (Aquinas) and Connor Hoyng (Churchville-Chili) were credited with assists on the only goal of the first half. Buffalo had two chances in the first half to tie the game but both shots rang off the crossbar.

Rochester then scored twice in 87 seconds early in the second half. Andrew Scuncio (Pittsford) scored on the rebound on a shot by Mason Versage (Batavia ND). Versage was credited with the assist. Less than two minutes later, DePetres scored when he escaped a defenseman and went in alone on goal. Jake Sproule (Penfield) was credited with the assist.

Buffalo’s only goal was credited to Joe Piegay (Bishop Timon), tipping a point shot from Alex Buczek (Frontier) with a little over a minute to go in the game. Connor Fields (Bishop Timon) was credited with the assist. Rochester struck back and stopped any chance of a Buffalo comeback less than a minute later. DePetres deposited his second goal of the night to seal the win, with Ryan Romeo (Fairport) collecting the lone assist.

-game report by Madison Brown

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