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.

Wake up. Learn you've been called up. Get in your car. Drive to Buffalo. Notch your first multi-point NHL game. Welcome to Nick Baptiste's Saturday. The forward got the call around 9 a.m. to head to KeyBank Center as Sam Reinhart came down with the flu and couldn't play in the afternoon game against the St. Louis Blues. And Baptiste made a seamless transition to t…

The Buffalo Sabres are looking for their third straight win while the St. Louis Blues are on a six-game win streak. Here's what to watch for in KeyBank Center for Saturday's 1 p.m. faceoff: 1. The Blues are 7-1-0 under Mike Yeo. Yeo took over after the team fired coach Ken Hitchcock and since then St. Louis has been on tear. They are 7-1-0 since Feb. 2 allowing just 1.3…

LEWISTON – The unbeaten streak is now at 14 games. It's the longest active streak in NCAA Division I hockey. But Canisius College isn't focused on the streak. The Golden Griffins remain focused on the task in front of them each day, which in turn has produced wins and put the program in position for a regular season Atlantic Hockey title. Friday's task was a final me…

LEWISTON -- The unbeaten streak continues for Canisius as the Golden Griffins used an offensive outburst in the second period to secure a 5-2 win over Niagara in Dwyer Arena Friday night. The win extended the Griffs' unbeaten streak to 14 games with an 11-0-3 mark over that stretch. It's the longest active unbeaten streak in NCAA Division I and the second longest this …

Ryan O'Reilly hit the post. It was the third period and the Buffalo Sabres were clinging to their 1-0 lead over the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night in KeyBank Center. The Sabres could have used that goal for breathing room. For O'Reilly it would have been nice to finally get a goal against his former team. In the end, O'Reilly finished with an assist and the Sab…

Sometimes playing against your former team is just a little bit weird. That's how Ryan O'Reilly described it Thursday morning as his Buffalo Sabres prepared to host his former team, the Colorado Avalanche, in KeyBank Center. O'Reilly spent his first six NHL seasons with the Avs before the team dealt him to Buffalo in June 2015. But O'Reilly's loyalties are firmly …

Canisius at Niagara 7:05 p.m., Dwyer Arena 1. The Griffs are on a hot streak. Canisius is undefeated in its last 13 games, going 10-0-3 in that span. Their last loss was Jan. 7, a 2-1 decision to St. Lawrence in HarborCenter. Canisius last suffered an Atlantic Hockey defeat when it was blanked, 3-0, by Holy Cross in Massachusetts on Dec. 31. It's the longest active un…

When he came to Canisius, he hoped for the best. He didn't quite expect the best to be this good. Charles Williams spent four years at Ferris State. With a year of eligibility left he joined the Golden Griffins for the opportunity to play one more season and work on his masters' degree in sports administration. The Griffs liked his game and, more importantly, the le…

The Buffalo Sabres have not won back-to-back games in February. Their best chance presents itself Thursday night. The Sabres host the Colorado Avalanche at 7:30 p.m. in KeyBank Center. Buffalo is fresh off a third-period rally which gave them a 3-2 win against the Senators in Ottawa on Tuesday. The Avs, meanwhile, aren’t doing so well. They lost their fourth straig…

Tony McKegney felt lucky to be drafted by the Buffalo Sabres. Western New York was bound to be a good place for him to make his National Hockey League debut. They had the Buffalo Bills. They had the Buffalo Braves. They were accepting of professional athletes of color even if hockey was still played predominately by white Canadian men. “In my journey I was very lucky …

The Rochester Americans dropped a pair of games over the weekend, losing at home to the Albany Devils, 3-2, on Friday then dropping a 5-2 decision to the Crunch in Syracuse on Saturday. In Syracuse, Cole Schneider had his 13th multi-point effort of the season, the best on the Amerks, with two assists. Linus Ullmark made 25 saves in the loss. It was his ninth straight…

Alexandre Burrows knows how to cause a ruckus. He’s not quite sure how this particular ruckus began, or perhaps he just was being a bit coy about it after the game. But the tussle between the Vancouver Canucks forward and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner helped change the tone of Sunday’s matchup in KeyBank Center. It was seven minutes into the game and the…

Fresh off a 3-1 win against the Maple Leafs in Toronto Saturday night, the Buffalo Sabres return to KeyBank Center to host the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30 p.m. Here's what you need to know to get ready for another clash against a Western Conference Team: 1. The Sabres power play is the best in the NHL. The Sabres rank first the league with a 23.8 percent success rate on t…

It was a muted celebration for Rasmus Ristolainen. Just a fist-bump with Justin Bailey who passed him the puck. Ristolainen took the pass, skated down the wing, cut toward the center of the ice and placed a backhand behind Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson. The goal came with 1:38 left in the game, cutting the Ducks' lead to 4-2. But the rally towels were not out Th…

Derek Grant thought he had scored his first NHL goal. Playing for the Nashville Predators against the Canucks in Vancouver on Jan. 17, Grant was part of a scrum in front of goaltender Ryan Miller and pushed the puck past the goal line. It would have been a perfect place for Grant, a native of Abbotsford, British Columbia near Vancouver. But the play was under revi…