Amy Moritz

Editor

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.

A minute into the game, the defensive pairings were out the window. An awkward tangle between Jake McCabe and Gustav Nyquist left McCabe clutching his right arm. He skated off the ice, attempted to return, but by midway through the first period it was clear the Buffalo Sabres would be down to just five defensemen. That meant technical adjustments for the unit, which …

Thomas Vanek spent the first nine seasons of his National Hockey League career with the Buffalo Sabres. Since then, he's been on a nomadic hockey adventure which seems to have landed him in the right place at the right time with the Detroit Red Wings. The forward entered Friday’s game in KeyBank Center on a seven-game point streak with five goals and five assists in …

Hey look! It's the start of another set of back-to-back games for the Buffalo Sabres. This one kicks off at 7 p.m. in KeyBank Center when they host the Detroit Red Wings. The team then plays in Montreal on Saturday night. It's the eighth of 19 sets of back-to-back games for the Sabres and the second set this week. 1. Ennis is back and Nilsson is in. Sabres coach Dan By…

RIT vs. Canisius 7:05 p.m., Friday at Polisseni Center 7:35 p.m., Saturday at HarborCenter 1. Charles remains in charge. Senior transfer goaltender Charles Williams has been solid for the Golden Griffins. He earned his fourth weekly honor, being named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week. He stopped 84 of 87 shots anchoring the Griffs to a three-point weekend at…

American International at Niagara at Dwyer Arena 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1. The losing streak is over. Niagara ended an eight-game losing streak with a 3-1 win against Bentley last Saturday in Dwyer Arena. The win moved the Purple Eagles to 3-11-2 in Atlantic Hockey, 3-16-3 overall. 2. Splitting the goaltending duties. In the two weekends since the holiday brea…

It was some time before Tyler Ennis could talk with the media after practice in KeyBank Center late Thursday morning. The forward was in the training room getting treatment. And more treatment. And a little more after that. Returning from his sports hernia/groin surgery has been a long process. It requires patience and precaution. That’s why Ennis, who returned on …

Here's the scene: Robin Lehner allows three goals to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 10-minute span in the second period, giving up the lead the Buffalo Sabres worked so hard to build in the first period. Coach Dan Bylsma pulls Lehner, who skates to the bench, angry and frustrated, spiking his helmet before taking a seat. Cut back to video of Lehner earlier in the game,…

Intrigue abounds Thursday morning at the Buffalo Sabres practice as the team recalled goaltender Linus Ullmark. Ullmark is on the ice along with Robin Lehner, who showed some strong emotion when he was pulled in Tuesday's loss in Toronto. Missing is goalie Anders Nilsson who finished the game against the Maple Leafs. The team was off on Wednesday. All skaters a…

It’s a classic Jerry Seinfeld bit where he rants about reservations. Seinfeld arrives at a car rental counter only to find out while the company has his reservation, they don't have an actual car for him. With a slight tweak, the scene applies to the Buffalo Sabres in their last 10 games. They can take the lead, but they can’t hold a lead. And that’s really the…

The Buffalo Sabres appear to be on the road to another high spot in the NHL Entry Draft. Entering Wednesday’s games, the Sabres were 27th in the league. If the draft were held today, Buffalo would pick no lower than seventh overall when the league holds its 2017 draft in the United Center in Chicago on June 23-24. Which makes the release of Central Scouting’s mid…

Any disappointment at returning to the Rochester Americans after a seven-game NHL stint wasn’t evident in Justin Bailey’s game. The second-year pro had a two-point game in the Amerks 3-2 win in Toronto against the Marlies on Saturday. He extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-best five games during a six-game point streak, notching nine points (six goals, thre…

TORONTO –  The goal was partially a gift. And Kyle Okposo wasn’t going to waste it. His teammate created the opportunity and he had noticed the tendency of Toronto netminder Frederik Andersen. His tally midway through the first period gave the Buffalo Sabres a 1-0 lead and ended a five game goalless drought for Okposo. But the gift was wasted Tuesday night as th…

It had been a tough road trip for Rasmus Ristolainen. The usually solid defenseman was minus-3 in the two road games last week at Tampa Bay and Carolina. He was on the ice for six of the nine goals against in the two games, including all four in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Lightning. It was only the second time this year Ristolainen had a minus rating in back-to-back gam…

Tyler Ennis scored 19 seconds into the game but that wasn't the play everyone was talking about. No, the play the signaled the true return of Ennis came later in the period, when he was alone behind the Dallas Stars' net, took a stride to his right and attempted to lift the puck into the corner. It's a lacrosse-style move and one that nearly worked. The Buffalo Bandits …

It's a matinee game for the Buffalo Sabres as they host the Dallas Stars in KeyBank Center at 1 p.m. Monday. It's the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season and the Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 home games against Dallas. 1. Ennis is back. Tyler Ennis is expected to be in the lineup, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said when he met with reporters Mon…