The Buffalo Junior Sabres played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s first outdoor game Sunday during the Frozen Frontier extravaganza at Frontier Field in Rochester.
They may have gotten to play in the tundra, but they’ll have to be content being a part of the event because St. Michael’s earned a 5-4 decision in a contest that drew 1,173 fans. Jake Evans scored twice in the third period for St. Michael’s. He finished with three goals and an assist.
Ryan Schmelzer, Nico Gonzalez and Pat Egan each had a goal and an assist for the Junior Sabres, while Nick Smith also scored during a contest in which Buffalo scored first, fell behind 3-1 but rallied to take a 4-3 lead into the final period.
The Junior Sabres (20-10-3) remain in first place in the OJHL West Division despite the loss and return to action at 8 p.m. Friday against Mississauga.
Also at the Frozen Frontier, the Rochester Americans Alumni – a lineup that included past team stars including Tom Askey, Gates Orlando and Randy Cunneyworth – beat the Sabres Alumni, 5-3, as Chris Palmer scored twice for the ex-Amerks. Cunneyworth also scored. Recently retired goalie Marty Biron played for the Sabres’ Alumni.