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Sabres Defeat Senators 2-1 In Hockeyville

The Buffalo Sabres have won their first Hockeyville game with a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators in front of roughly 1,000 people at the J.L Grightmire Arena in Dundas, Ontario. 

Jason Pominville scored the game winner with eight minutes left in the third period on a screamer of a shot through the five hole of Senators goaltender Robin Lehner. The assist came from Luke Adam. The other Sabres goal was scored shorthanded by Rob Niedermayer after Lehner misplayed the puck behind the net. The only Senators goal was scored on the power play by Patrick Wiercioch on a good shot from the slot that was slightly deflected and goaltender Ryan Miller was well screened by Chris Neil

In terms of the best players on the ice, Pominville played a solid game and Cody McCormick tried establishing himself in the lineup with two fights in the span of 13 minutes in the second period, one against Cody Bass and the other against Eric Gryba. McCormick seemed to have won both of the fights, but the official ruling will have to wait. In terms of defensemen playing, Sekera and Weber saw action and both didn't have terrible games. Weber took a dumb penalty in the first period but rebounded and finished with a solid game. 

For the Senators, most of their NHL lineup was not in action, no Alfredsson, no Spezza, no Gonchar, so forecasting this game for the regular season. The younger Senators played a solid game and goaltender Robin Lehner didn't have a terrible game despite making a few mistakes. 

The Sabres will travel up to Montreal for a preseason game at the Bell Centre on Thursday night while the Senators will face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place.