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Tough sledders hit the ice

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Will to win: Players from Team USA gather for a pregame pep talk Thursday evening before facing Team Canada in the Sled Hockey Challenge, a three-game exhibition series in the Northtown Center in Amherst.

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Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

Quick maneuver: Brad Emmerson of Amherst, center, chases a loose puck during the first game of the Sled Hockey Challenge Thursday evening. The tournament continues through Saturday.

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Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

The games begin: American and Canadian players, above, bow their heads as the national anthems of both nations are played Thursday evening prior to opening faceoff in the Sled Hockey Challenge. At left, J.J. O'Connor, chairman of disabled hockey for USA Sled Hockey, wheels his way to the bench prior to the start of the game.

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Ahead of the pack: Kalen Sullivan of West Seneca West High School, right, crosses the finish line to win the boys 1,000-meter run in the Section VI championships Thursday at Fredonia State College.

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Charles Lewis/Buffalo News

Rescue mission: Joe Slomba of the SPCA Serving Erie County carries two Pomeranians from a home on Fillmore Avenue where 30 of the dogs were found living in deplorable conditions. The owner is facing multiple counts of animal cruelty. Story and additional photos on Page D1.