Red Wings shutdown Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Eddie Davey stopped all 29 shots he faced to lead the Hamilton Red Wings to a 6-0 win over the Buffalo Jr. Sabres at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena on Monday night.

It was the Red Wings first shutout win of the season. “He (Davey) stopped a couple breakaways and that’s a sign of a great goaltender,” says Red Wings interim head coach Robert Turnbull. He listed his defense as the team’s top performers of the game. “I thought our whole defense played extremely well. They are making excellent passes right now.”

Wes Consorti scored with 1:01 off the clock in the first period to give the Red Wings an early 1-0 lead. Consorti added another one, this time on the power play with 3:38 remaining in the period to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead to take to the room. The shots favored the Red Wings in the period as they recorded 13 shots to Buffalo’s 6 shots. It was Buffalo’s goalie, John Dorman that kept his team in the game.

Luke Watson beat Dorman on a quick low shot with 4:38 off the clock in the second period to increase the Red Wings lead to 3-0. Watson would score his second of the game with 6:27 remaining in the period to make it 4-0 Red Wings. Once again, the Red Wings outshot Buffalo as they racked up 12 shots to Buffalo’s 11 shots. The Red Wings took too many penalties in the period as they made four trips to the box, but Buffalo just could not get anything done on the power play.

In the third period, Spencer Abbott beat Dorman on a hard wrist shot with 4:45 off the clock to make it 5-0 Red Wings. He would strike again with 7:02 remaining in the period to secure the victory. The Red Wings cut down on the penalties in this period as they only took one. Hamilton had 16 shots in the period to give them a total of 41 shots on the game.

Turnbull gave his thoughts on Buffalo. “I would say their goalie (Dorman) played very well. We could of scored a lot more goals. They’ve got a young team and that’s the way they have put it together. They’ve got some quality hockey players.” Grant Ledyard (head coach) and Larry Playfair (assistant coach) both former NHLer’s are two of the three coaches of the Jr. Sabres. The team is still looking for their first win as their record now stands at 0-8.

With his two goal performance in the game, Spencer Abbott now has 19 points to continue to lead the team in points. Wes Consorti is right behind him with 18 points to give the Red Wings a solid one-two punch. “We got a healthy competition going on right now. We are really good friends and we like playing the game,” according to Consorti. The league’s top point man is Vaughan’s Paul Rodrigues who has 21 points.

The Red Wings record now stands at 8-3 with 16 points which still has them in first place in the West Division. They have a three point lead on the Georgetown Raiders and the Oakville Blades. Next action for the Red Wings is this evening (Oct 9) in Buffalo when they have a rematch with the Jr. Sabres. After that, they travel to Mississauga on Saturday night to battle the Chargers.