2009-2010 Season Recap (SUNY Buffalo)
What’s In A Name?
We begin today’s recap with a bit of an English lesson:
Buffalo (n.)- A city of western New York at the eastern end of Lake Erie on the Canadian border. It is a major Great Lakes port of entry and an important manufacturing and milling center. Population: 276,000.
Buffalo (n.)- a. Any of several oxlike Old World mammals of the family Bovidae, such as the water buffalo and African buffalo. b. The North American bison, Bison bison.
Buffalo (v.) buf·fa·loed, buf·fa·lo·ing, buf·fa·loe
1. To intimidate, as by a display of confidence or authority: “The Wing’s storied history buffaloed many of their ECRHA opponents this year.”
2. To deceive; hoodwink: “With a 9 man roster at nationals they were able to buffalo many opponents at this year’s national tournament.”
3. To confuse; bewilder: “The amount of toe drags I saw Tyler Walser perform this year was absolutely buffaloing.”*
*Note: All joking aside I am serious I’ve never seen a team toe drag so much in my entire life.
Yes, the word buffalo is synonymous with many different definitions however this season the name SUNY Buffalo was success.
Williamsville, NY native Tyler Walser continued his dominance in the NCRHA leading the nation in points for the second year in a row and led his team in every offensive category again, a feat he has accomplished every year since joining the ECRHA. Walser however, was supported by fellow skill players Alex Durinka and Chris Kendall who combined garnished 93 points during the 2009-2010. The three headed monster of Walser, Durinka and Kendall along with the rest of the SUNY Buffalo squad put up an ECRHA high 141 goals during their 18 game undefeated regular season.
The Wings often had to rely on the stellar goaltending of Alexx Christie who led the entire nation in saves made (810) and was fourth in the NCRHA in save percentage (.881). If the Wings hope to advance past the final four next year, they will have to be a little more defensively sound. With the amount of shots Christie faces on average per game it’s a matter of time before the proverbial straw breaks the camel’s back as it did in the 9-1 loss to Arizona State in the National Semifinals.
With only an eight man roster this year during the national final and losing five of those eight players SUNY Buffalo is going to be at a serious issue keeping themselves as the pinnacle of the ECRHA, after such a strong showing at this year’s National Tournament.
For the outlook Buffalo Roller Hockey President Bryan Feiler had this to say: “We are losing 7 players to graduation this year, including 5 from the D1 team. To replace them we have people emailing us from Long Island, Hudson Valley, and even as far as California and Alberta, Canada. Also, we should have a couple players coming in from the Rochester area that have played college hockey in the NJCAA. We have two freshman goalies coming in that have played tournament hockey, which either could play on either team.”
They look like they’re definitely going to have it together for the 2010-2011 season expect The Wings to fight tooth and nail to retain it’s position as the “Beast of The East”.