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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.


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PHILADELPHIA – It's the first meeting of the season between the Buffalo Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers, and it takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in Wells Fargo Center. Here's what you need to know to get ready for the tilt: 1. The Flyers are hot. Philadelphia is on a four-game winning streak after beating the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, on Tuesday. The start of the wi…

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The difference in results has been impressive. Amazing, really. The Rochester Americans have points in their last nine games, their longest streak since a record-tying 11 straight wins from Oct. 12 to Nov. 10 during the 2009-10 season. Rochester is now six points behind the first-place Toronto Marlies in the North Division and in third place in the Eastern Conference st…

Colleges

Dylan McLaughlin spent the summer in HarborCenter, working out with the Academy of Hockey and former Buffalo Sabre Matt Ellis. He worked on his skating. He worked on his shooting. And the attention to detail is paying off for the junior from Lancaster. McLaughlin scored twice Saturday afternoon to help the Canisius Golden Griffins to an 8-2 win over rival Niagara …

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Canisius continued its dominance over rival Niagara and solidified its top spot in Atlantic Hockey with an 8-2 win in HarborCenter Saturday afternoon. The Golden Griffins scored just 1:09 into the game and blew open the game in the first period for a 5-0 lead. It was the 10th straight win for the Griffs in the series with Niagara and moves them three points head of t…

Running

Attention race directors! The Western New York FLTS has scheduled the 2018 race directors meeting for 6:30 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo. The session is open to all current and prospective race directors along with anyone interested in learning how to organize a successful local road race. Pizza, wings, and pop will be available at th…

Colleges

LEWISTON – Nine times. That's the streak Canisius has against Niagara. They've beaten their rival nine straight times. And with their latest win, a 4-2 victory in Dwyer Arena on Friday, they jumped into first place in Atlantic Hockey. But to get to this one, they needed a strong third-period rally. Trailing, 2-1, and nearing the midway point of the third period, the …

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LEWISTON – A third-period push helped Canisius to a 3-2 win over Niagara in Atlantic Hockey action in Dwyer Arena Friday night. Trailing, 2-1, the Golden Griffins tied the game with 12:11 left on a goal from Dylan McLaughlin. Then with 9:40 left Niagara goaltender Brian Wilson went behind the net and played the puck around the boards. Nick Hutchison intercepted the p…

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Typically, this game is about the rivalry. It's about Canisus vs. Niagara. It's about keeping your spot as alpha dog or playing spoiler and getting the chance to sing "nah-nah-nah, we beat you." Not this year. For the first time in the regular season, there's more than just bragging rights on the line when Canisius and Niagara meet for their first of two home-and-hom…

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These were not your typical hockey injuries. It was November 2016 when Derian Plouffe in front of the net during a practice at Niagara's Dwyer Arena. A shot from Tanner Lomsnes was tipped by Nick Farmer and hit him in the head. It cracked Plouffe's skull. Three weeks later, Lomsnes went down to block a shot against Air Force in a game in Colorado. The puck broke a ri…

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Buffalo Sabres prospect Cliff Pu did not make the list of 32 players invited to Team Canada's selection camp for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Men's Championship. Pu participated with Canada in the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich. He got off to a slow start with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League this season, but found his offensive touch in…

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As countries begin to release their preliminary rosters for the IIHF World Junior Men's Championship, one notable name is still missing. Alexander Nylander. The Buffalo Sabres prospect was not on Sweden's preliminary roster released on Wednesday. There were 26 players listed on the roster. Teams carry 23 during the tournament. That doesn't mean Nylander is definitely…

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As expected, Casey Mittelstadt, the Buffalo Sabres top draft choice in 2017, made the preliminary roster for the United States for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Men's Championship. USA Hockey announced the 28 players on the preliminary roster Tuesday night. Twenty-three will make the final roster and represent the U.S. later this month in Buffalo. Mittelstadt is tie…

Bisons and Baseball

Bobby Meacham will return to manage the Buffalo Bisons in 2018. The Toronto Blue Jays made the contract official on Tuesday. The Bisons went 65-76 in 2017, the first under Meacham, who also played for the Bisons in 1989. He is the second person to both play for and manage the team in the modern era. (The other being Torey Lovullo.) Last year, the Bisons were fifth in…

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Niagara jumped into the Top 20 of the latest USCHO.com men's hockey poll on Monday. The Purple Eagles took over No. 20 after sweeping Air Force in Colorado this past weekend. At 9-5-1 overall, Niagara also is in first place in Atlantic Hockey with an 8-2-1 league mark. It's the first time the Purps have been ranked since October 2013, when they started the 2013-14 se…

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Cliff Pu understands how it looks. The start to his season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League was, well, disappointing. At least from a production standpoint. Coming off a season where he ranked top-10 in the league in scoring, he scored just one goal with five assists in his first 11 games. Then he signed his entry-level contract with the Buffalo S…