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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.


Colleges

With its best start in a decade, the Niagara men's hockey team is getting national — and international — attention. The Purple Eagles received votes in the latest USCHO.com Men's Division I poll. It's the first time Niagara received votes in a national poll since October 2014. The ranking comes as Niagara took three points from Bentley this past weekend, a tie an…

Latest Sabres

Take a look at Austin Osmanski's career stats, and the first thing you notice is the jump in offensive numbers. The defenseman has nine points in 18 games this season. That's one better than he had through all 55 games he played last season in the Ontario Hockey League. But Osmanski is quick to point out that while the offensive numbers are nice, they're a product of…

Running

It was about two weeks before the New York City Marathon and Allie Kieffer broke down. She had been dealing with tendinitis in her right leg. Running was painful. Not running was depressing. Maybe she wouldn't make it to the start line. Maybe her parents should save their money and not go to the marathon. "My boyfriend talked me off the ledge," Kieffer said. "He made su…

Colleges

Canisius All-American midfielder Erica Evans tore the ACL in her right knee on Oct. 22 while playing in a fall-ball game at Loyola (Md.) in Baltimore. The news from head coach Scott Teeter was announced by Canisius on Saturday. Evans will undergo surgery to repair her ACL in the hear future and will be out of action until late spring. She is the three-time Metro Atla…

Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts lost their first game of the season, droppping a 6-2 decision to the Metropolitan Riveters at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in Rochester on Saturday night. The teams traded goals in the first period, on the same penalty. The Riveters scored shorthanded, 15 seconds into the penalty, to take a 1-0 lead. But the Beauts got it back, tying the game on a t…

Colleges

On Friday, Niagara couldn’t hold on to its lead against Bentley in an Atlantic Hockey matchup, settling for a tie. Saturday, the Purple Eagles showed resiliency to earn a 4-3 win and earn three out of four points against the Falcons in Dwyer Arena. Niagara and Bentley traded goals in the first period, as the Purple Eagles struck first with Tanner Lomsnes scoring on…

Colleges

They came away with a point in an Atlantic Hockey matchup. That’s the good news. But the Niagara Purple Eagles were poised for much more than a 3-3 tie with the Bentley Falcons in Dwyer Arena Friday night. Niagara had a 3-1 third-period lead, but Bentley came back and scored the game-tying goal with six seconds left in regulation. Niagara built a 2-0 lead in the…

Running

It's the course that makes the race. And the weather. But mostly the course. The final mile of the 10-mile journey through Lockport climbs the hill on Market Street, a steep end to a long race that probably included snow and wind. And that snow and wind probably made the stretch on Harrington Road particularly brutal. And lonely. And causing runners to question some of …

Sports

It couldn't have been a better confluence of events for Stacey Schroeder-Watt. On Wednesday the Grand Island native was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame for her All-American career in high school and college in the discus and shot put. In two weeks, she will be part of the move of Women & Children's Hospital to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus…

Colleges

If you want to understand the change that's happened for the Niagara University hockey team, take a moment to look at the stats. One stat in particular. Shots on goal. Last year, the Purple Eagles ranked last in the country in shots on goal allowed per game. They gave up an average of 36.3 and were getting outshot by an average of 10.4. This year, Niagara has turned …

Latest Sabres

Team USA will play tune-up games in Jamestown and Erie, Pa., as the team prepares for the IIHF Men's World Junior Championship in Buffalo. The United States, looking for back-to-back gold medals in the event for the first time ever, begins with training camp at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio from Dec. 15-19. Tickets are on sale for the U.S. pre-tournament game at…

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For better or worse, Sean Malone is used to playing catch-up. He spent two summers undergoing hip surgery and the ensuing rehabilitation process, hampering the starts to his junior and senior collegiate seasons at Harvard. Malone thought all that was behind him after participating in the Buffalo Sabres development camp in July. But injury got the best of him again, a…

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The Rochester Americans are coming to a television set near you. The Amerks announced they will have five regular-season home games televised on the MSG Network with the first broadcast scheduled for Nov. 15 when Rochester hosts the Binghamton Devils at 7:05 p.m. in Blue Cross Arena. The games will be simulcast with the Amerks radio broadcasts led by play-by-play bro…

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It was the last drill of a 30-minute practice in KeyBank Center on Sunday morning. Players were taking breakaways against the two goalies, Sabres regular Chad Johnson and the team's occasional emergency and practice goalie Ryan Vinz. Jack Eichel went up against Vinz and clanked a shot off the post. After Vinz made another stop, Eichel yelled, "sign this guy up!" It w…

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ROCHESTER – The Rochester Americans saw their two-game win streak end with a 3-2 loss to the Syracuse Crunch in Blue Cross Arena Saturday night. It was a disappointing finish for the Amerks, who had a 2-1 lead with about 10 minutes to go in the third period but failed to close out the win. Syracuse scored a power-play goal midway through the third while Kevin Lynch sc…