Matt Ellis (37) battles Lake Erie’s Matt Hunwick outdoors Friday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Matt Ellis scores Amerks’ shootout winner in ‘Frozen Frontier,’ earns recall to Sabres

ROCHESTER – From a skill perspective, Chadd Cassidy had better options six rounds into Friday’s wild shootout. But the Americans coach wanted Matt Ellis, his trusted captain, to try to win the “Frozen Frontier,” an outdoor game played in 18-degree temperatures.

“With the game on the line, I want it on his tape because good things happen to good people,” Cassidy said. “There’s nobody that’s worked harder for the opportunities that he’s gotten than ... Read the full article

Matt Ellis celebrates his first-period goal Friday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres recall Matt Ellis from Amerks

ROCHESTER – Matt Ellis certainly earned this recall to the Buffalo Sabres.

Shortly after scoring the shootout winner in the Americans’ 5-4 triumph against the Lake Erie Monsters in Friday’s outdoor “Frozen Frontier,” the Sabres summoned their AHL captain, the Times Herald has learned.

Ellis also opened the scoring and added an assist. He hasn’t played in the NHL since the Sabres waived him in February.

The 32-year-old has played 197 games with the Sabres. ... Read the full article

Drew Stafford hasn’t scored since Nov. 5. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres confident offense improving, finally going to start scoring

BUFFALO – In Thursday’s 2-1 loss in Ottawa, Sabres winger Drew Stafford generated three strong scoring chances and a season-high six shots, yet endured his 15th consecutive goalless game.

The 28-year-old missed the net on a glorious opportunity against a stickless goalie, drew a penalty after zooming to the crease and got stymied on a late breakaway by Craig Anderson with the Sabres down a goal.

No one embodies the Sabres’ scoring struggles more ... Read the full article