Traverse City, MI (WGR 550) -- The Sabres prospects failed to repeat as champions of the annual Traverse City Tournament as Buffalo fell to the prospects from the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2.
Buffalo had a rough go from the start as they gave up two power play goals in the first two periods to Wings forward Anthony Mantha.
Trailing 2-0 in the third they did manage to cut the lead in half with a Freddy Roy goal to make it 2-1. That was short lived however, as Detroit's Zach Nastasiuk scored to put the Wings back up by two goals. That goal was followed by a Pete Trainor tally to cut it to 3-2 with 6:40 remaining, but in the end the Wings' Tomas Jurco put home an empty netter to clinch it, 4-2.
Buffalo's Nathan Lieuwen stopped 36 of 40 shots as the Sabres got outshot 40-25.
Despite the loss, Sabres Coach Chadd Cassidy was impressed with the effort of his team, saying afterwards, "I really liked our compete level from the beginning, I felt like this group of kids worked really hard and they were really committed to what they were trying to do"
The Sabres open training camp Wednesday, although the team still has not released a schedule.