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BLIZZARD DRAFTS UB STANDOUT

A day after releasing Rudy Pikuzinski, their all-time leading scorer, the Buffalo Blizzard plucked two players from recently crowned NCAA champion Indiana, as well the top career scorer at the University at Buffalo, in Tuesday's National Professional Soccer League amateur draft.

With the ninth overall pick in the territorial draft, the Blizzard selected Hoosier forward Alexi Korol, who attended high school in Rochester. Under territorial draft rules the Blizzard could take a native of New York State or someone who attended prep school or college here.

In the initial round of the regular portion of the draft, Buffalo tabbed midfielder/defender Yuri Laurinenko, also of Indiana University.

The Blizzard had no pick in the second round and used their slot in the third to select UB forward Steve Butcher, the player of the year in the Mid-American Conference and a graduate of North Tonawanda High. Butcher had 48 career goals for the Bulls, 19 assists and 115 points.

Buffalo's final pick was midfielder Assaf Dagai of Southern Connecticut.

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