The Sabres' closed their round-robin scrimmage tournament Sunday morning with Marcus Foligno and Nicolas Deslauriers leading Group C to a 4-2 victory over Group A. (The teams are available here.)
"It was better than yesterday," Foligno said in First Niagara Center. "Guys knew more about their positions, the feel out there, what to expect physicality-wise and things like that. From our team standpoint, it was a lot better because we got the win."
Foligno broke a 2-2 tie with just more than a minute to play, taking advantage of Zach Bogosian's puck-possession ability. Bogosian circled the offensive zone with the puck and passed across the ice to Foligno, who ripped a low shot past Keegan Asmundson.
Group A pulled Asmundson in an attempt to tie the game and nearly did. Johan Larsson was stopped by Andrey Makarov on his close-range attempt. Defenseman Matt Prapavessis failed to keep the puck in at the blue line, allowing Deslauriers to score into an open net.
Group A opened the scoring with a good forecheck. Goalie Nathan Lieuwen went behind his net to play the puck, but the pressure forced a turnover. Vaclav Karabacek calmly popped the loose puck into a vacated net.
Deslauriers and Jamie McGinn scored early in the second of two periods to give Group C a 2-1 lead before Jerry D'Amigo scored on a penalty shot to tie it.