MANNHEIM, GERMANY --- Tyler Ennis scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres closed the book on their preseason schedule with a 8-3 win over the Adler Mannheim Eagles before a raucous crowd of 13,600 at SAP Arena.
Ennis opened the scoring at 7:18 of the first when he slid the puck between the pads of Eagles netminder Fred Brathwaite after being sprung free at the blueline on a pass from Mike Weber. He put the Sabres up by a pair just over four minutes later when he banged home a Ville Leino rebound from the side of the crease into the yawning cage.
The newly formed trio of Ennis, Leino and Brad Boyes each got on the scoreboard tonight, and at times moved the puck around like it was a weekend pickup game. Ennis said that having that little bit of extra ice to play with contributed to their success. ...MORE.
Midway through the third period, Tyler Ennis dashed through the Adler zone. He made his way through to the front of the net and with Mannheim players in tow backhanded the puck through three sets of legs. The third sets of legs happen to belong to Ville Leino who leaned back and tipped the puck in giving the Sabres their seventh goal.
Tyler Ennis showed Adler Mannheim why he is one of the premiere playmakers in the NHL. Ennis finished off his night with 3 points (2+1) and spent the majority of night tormenting the opposing skaters. The highlight of Ennis’ night was his first goal that came after an Adler turnover. The loose puck found Luke Adam at center ice who fired a pass across the zone to a streaking Ennis. Ennis made two moves and slide the puck past Mannheim goaltender Frederick Brathwaite.
- Forward Jochen Hecht did not play as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered early in training camp.
- Hecht was allowed to skate for warm-ups and took the ice to a standing ovation. He was the last player to leave the ice but not before leading the crowd in chants and tossing pucks over the glass.
- Hecht, Matt Ellis & Drew McIntryre were scratched for the Sabres.
- Seven different Sabres scored for Buffalo: Ennis(2), Adam, Vanek, Ehrhoff, Pominville, Leino & Boyes.
- Goaltender Jhonas Enroth started the game and played all 60 minutes.
- During the second intermission, Adler Mannheim retired the jersey of Rene Corbet who played for the team from 2001-2009.
- Following the game, both teams shook hands and skated towards the fanzone of the SAP Arena, leading them in chants before saluting them and leaving the ice.
The Sabres travel to Finland on Wednesday morning to open the season against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Following that contest, the team travels overnight to Berlin where they’ll close out the NHL Premiere series against the Los Angles Kings.