Amy Moritz, The Buffalo News

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges, baseball and hockey for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed an Ironman along with numerous marathons and half marathons.


St. Cloud State is undefeated and jumped to as high as No. 2 in one of the national college hockey polls. But that's doesn't necessarily have the Huskies coach Bob Motzko all that excited. "It's coach talk, but we won some games, and it hasn't been pretty," Motzko said. His praise isn't nearly as measured when talking about senior foward Judd Peterson and junior d…

The start of the season is still a few weeks away and St. Bonaventure senior Jaylen Adams racked up another early-season honor. Adams was one of 20 NCAA Division I players named candidates for the 2018 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob …

Sunday, Oct. 15 Niagara Falls International Marathon, 9 a.m., marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, Various starting locations. Ridge Walk & Run, 9 a.m., 25K Trail, 10K Trail, 5K Trail, Wellsville Campus, Alfred State College. Lou Reuter Scholarship Run, 5K, 10 a.m., Ben Franklin Middle School, 540 Parkhurst Blvd., Tonawanda. Monster Scramble, 5K, 10K, 10 a.m.,…

It was a gut check in the very first game of the season. Through the first 40 minutes, Canisius couldn't stay out of the penalty box. It couldn't clear the puck out of its own zone on the power play. And when they got their own chances with the man-advantage, they gave up quality shorthanded scoring chances. The Golden Griffins found themselves down 3-0 to Robert Mo…

Ryan Schmelzer doesn't have any particular numbers in mind. He's not aiming for a certain number of goals, or points, or even wins. What matters are the key wins, the wins that build a program, the wins that get the Canisius College Golden Griffins back to the Atlantic Hockey championship. The senior from Buffalo has seen a bit of everything in his four year collegia…

Niagara continues to have a strong volleyball campaign, upending rival Canisius in four games in Gallagher Center Thursday night. The Purple Eagles won the first game, 25-22, with the Griffs coming back with a 25-18 win. Niagara won the next two in a tight battle, 28-26, 25-22, to earn the match victory. Three players had 10 kills for Niagara -- Nicole Matheis, Grace He…

Canisius College kicks off its hockey season with a banner raising as the Golden Griffins host Robert Morris for a two-game Atlantic Hockey series in HarborCenter. The team will hoist a banner for winning last year's regular season Atlantic Hockey championship before its 7:35 p.m. game on Friday. The teams will meet again at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday. Here's what you nee…

The lines will not remain the same. Not when the Buffalo Sabres are still looking for their first win of the season, still looking for offense, still looking for a way to keep the puck from ending up in the back of their own net. So Phil Housley shuffled the lines Wednesday morning as the team had an hour-long practice in HarborCenter before catching a flight to San …

When the Buffalo Sabres open their four-game West Coast road trip against San Jose on Thursday (10:30 p.m., MSG), they'll be meeting a team that's also looking to quickly right the ship. The Sharks aren't off to a great start, either. They're 0-2 and have been outscored 9-4 in those games. "Right now, if you look at San Jose, they're sort of in the same predicament t…

It's a little bit of an unusual situation for Steve Moses. At age 28, he's a veteran of five seasons as a professional hockey player. He's played 105 games in the KHL in Russia and 97 games in the Finnish league Liiga. Heck, Moses led the KHL in scoring in the 2014-15 season with 36 goals and 21 points in 60 games. But in many ways, he's just like the rookies and you…

College hockey season has already begun for Niagara and Canisius will open its regular season on Friday. Buffalo State's men's and women's teams are preparing for another playoff-run while Erie Community College is finding its way without the NJCAA sponsoring a hockey championship. Here's what you need to know: 1. A new era, new results at Niagara. The Purple Eagles …

It is not a good time to be a goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres. Odd-man rushes. Failing to get the puck out of the zone. More odd-man rushes. There are times when there's not much more the Sabres netminders can do. In Monday afternoon's 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in KeyBank Center, it was backup Chad Johnson who was tagged for six goals, including another …

Former Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta was invited to practice with the Rochester Americans as the center prepares for international play. "We were recently approached by Brian and his agent about him practicing regularly with Rochester as he prepares for international competition," Amerks general manager Randy Sexton said in a news release. "While Brian's role with…

Tickets for the outdoor game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers at Citi Field go on sale Oct. 12. The teams will be meeting in the 2018 NHL Winter Classic at 1 p.m. on Jan. 1 at the home of the New York Mets. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Oct. 12 through Ticketmaster.com and the NHL Ticket Exchange. It will be the 10th anniversary of the first Winter …