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Buffalo uses shootout to best Salem, 6-5 (2-1 SO)

Tilton Prep    Sun, Oct 07, 2012

Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Buffalo Stars defeated the Salem Ice Dogs in a shootout 6-5 (2-1 SO).

The shootout lasted for six attempts between the teams. Salem's shootout goal was scored by Bobby Mullins. Buffalo's other shootout goal was scored by John Colvin.

The Stars got the win on the strength of a great game by Patrick Schmelzinger, who had one goal and two assists. Schmelzinger scored 20:52 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Buffalo.

In the losing effort, the Ice Dogs were led by Napalatano, who grabbed two goals and one assist. Napalatano scored the first of his two goals at 2:31 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Buffalo. Nicholas Latham provided the assist. Napalatano's next tally made the score 3-3 with 17:14 left in the second period. Latham picked up the assist.

Salem was unable to stop Buffalo from sending pucks towards the net, and the Stars eventually piled up 52 shots on goal. Buffalo outdid its season average for goals scored. The Stars have scored at the pace of 1.6 goal per game during the current campaign.

Buffalo additionally got points from Brandon Boyle, who also tallied one goal and one assist and lezynski, who also had one goal and one assist. Buffalo also got a goal from Anthony Avarello as well. Other players who recorded assists for Buffalo were Leo Blore, who had one and Colvin, who had two.

The Ice Dogs kept Buffalo's goalie busy throughout the game, and Thomas Brown made 44 saves on 49 shots. Salem found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, the Ice Dogs average 2.6 goals per contest.

Salem also got points from Mullins, who also registered two goals and one assist. Adam Merry also scored for Salem. In addition, Salem received assists from Nicholas Nonis and David Spry, who each chipped in one.

The Stars incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Salem's Bradley Radin stopped 46 shots out of the 51 that he faced. The Ice Dogs incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.