High-Powered 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Sabres Sweep 42nd-seeded ’22-’23 Tigers

The '79-'80 Buffalo Sabres......all that flow doe. (via legendsofhockey.net)

The ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres……all that flow doe. (via legendsofhockey.net)

This series was about as dominant as it gets. I’ll make this quick.

The 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres always have players near the top of the scoring leaders in the Ultimate NHL Playoff and that’s not gonna be any different this year. Gilbert Perreault was the team’s leading scorer with a whopping 23 points over the four games. Defenseman Jim Schoenfeld was second behind Perreault in overall scoring with 19 points. Danny Gare was the team’s leading goal-scorer with nine goals while Perreault was tied for second with Rick Martin with eight goals. Eight players scored multiple times for the Sabres in the series. Schoenfeld finished as the team’s top playmaker with an incredible 16 assists in four games while Perreault was a close second with 15. Outside of those two, both Gare and Martin also finished with double digit point totals, 18 and 12 respectively. Goaltender Don Edwards was not very busy because the Sabres only allowed 23.5 shots against per game, but didn’t allow much when the opposition had chances. He posted a 4-0-0 record with a 1.75 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. He posted a 30-save shutout in Game 3.

The 42nd-seeded ’22-’23 Hamilton Tigers didn’t have much of a prayer here. The offense scored just seven goals over the four games, which is a 1.75 average, and the defense/goaltending allowed 43 goals over the four games, which is a 10.75 average. Cully Wilson was the team’s leading scorer with six points and the team’s leading goal-scorer with four goals. Mickey Roach was second on the team in both points and goals with four and two, respectively. There was a five-way tie for the team lead in assists at two that included both Roach and Wilson. It also included defensemen Bert Corbeau, Harry Mummery and Leo Reise. Goaltender Jake Forbes was bombarded in this series. He faced just under 70 shots against per game. He finished the series with an 0-4-0 record with a 10.75 goals against average and a .846 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. BUF – C – Gilbert Perreault – 4 GP   8 G   15 A   23 P   +25   41 S   0 PIM   10 Star Points
  2. BUF – D – Jim Schoenfeld – 4 GP   3 G   16 A   23 P   +25   26 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   6 Star Points
  3. BUF – RW – Danny Gare – 4 GP   9 G   9 A   18 P   +25   51 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#42 ‘22-’23 Tigers 2 0 1 3
#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres 6 3 1 10

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘79-’80 BUF – 10   ‘22-’23 HAM – 3   (1-0   ‘79-’80 BUF)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 BUF – 0:29 – BUF: D. Gare (1) assisted by G. Perreault (1)
  • 2 – 0 BUF – 5:23 – BUF: G. Perreault (1) assisted by D. Gare (1), R. Martin (1)
  • 3 – 0 BUF – 6:59 – BUF: G. Perreault (2) assisted by J. Schoenfeld (1), J. Van Boxmeer (1)
  • 4 – 0 BUF – 7:28 – BUF: D. Gare (2) assisted by G. Perreault (2), J. Schoenfeld (2)
  • 5 – 0 BUF – 7:43 – BUF: R. Martin (1) unassisted
  • 5 – 1 BUF – 8:38 – HAM: M. Roach (1) assisted by C. Wilson (1), L. Reise (1)
  • 6 – 1 BUF – 10:36 – BUF: J. Schoenfeld (1) assisted by J. Van Boxmeer (2), C. Ramsay (1)
  • 6 – 2 BUF – 10:41 – HAM: C. Wilson (1) assisted by B. Corbeau (1)

2nd Period:

  • 7 – 2 BUF – 6:26 – BUF: T. McKegney (1) assisted by J. Gould (1), J. Schoenfeld (3)
  • 8 – 2 BUF – 15:36 – BUF: T. McKegney (2) assisted by R. McClanahan (1), J. Schoenfeld (4)
  • 9 – 2 BUF – 19:56 – BUF: G. Perreault (3) assisted by D. Gare (2)

3rd Period:

  • 9 – 3 BUF – 8:38 – HAM: G. Prodgers (1) assisted by M. Roach (1), H. Mummery (1)
  • 10 – 3 BUF – 16:36 – BUF: R. Martin (2) assisted by R. Dunn (1), G. Perreault (3)

TEAM STATS:

#42 ‘22-’23 Tigers

#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres

3

Goals

10

19

Shots

78

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

GWG

D. Gare (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Gilbert Perreault (BUF)
  • 2nd Star: Jim Schoenfeld (BUF)
  • 3rd Star: Danny Gare (BUF)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#42 ‘22-’23 Tigers 0 0 0 0
#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres 2 5 6 13

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘79-’80 BUF – 13   ‘22-’23 HAM – 0   (2-0   ‘79-’80 BUF)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 BUF – 5:04 – BUF: R. Martin (3) assisted by D. Gare (3), G. Perreault (4)
  • 2 – 0 BUF – 17:53 – BUF: T. McKegney (3) assisted by J. Schoenfeld (5)

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 0 BUF – 8:49 – BUF: D. Gare (3) assisted by G. Perreault (5), J. Schoenfeld (6)
  • 4 – 0 BUF – 9:43 – BUF: C. Ramsay (1) assisted by R. Seiling (1), J. Schoenfeld (7)
  • 5 – 0 BUF – 10:46 – BUF: D. Gare (4) assisted by J. Schoenfeld (8)
  • 6 – 0 BUF – 11:49 – BUF: R. Seiling (1) assisted by R. Dunn (2), J. Van Boxmeer (3)
  • 7 – 0 BUF – 15:58 – BUF: D. Gare (5) assisted by G. Perreault (6)

3rd Period:

  • 8 – 0 BUF – 2:01 – BUF: J. Schoenfeld (2) assisted by G. Perreault (7), D. Gare (4)
  • 9 – 0 BUF – 2:09 – BUF: D. Gare (6) assisted by J. Schoenfeld (9), G. Perreault (8)
  • 10 – 0 BUF – 2:57 – BUF: G. Perreault (4) assisted by J. Van Boxmeer (4), R. Martin (2)
  • 11 – 0 BUF – 5:17 – BUF: G. Perreault (5) assisted by D. Gare (5)
  • 12 – 0 BUF – 10:01 – BUF: G. Perreault (6) assisted by R. Martin (3), R. Dunn (3)
  • 13 – 0 BUF – 11:16 – BUF: J. Gould (1) assisted by J. Schoenfeld (10), T. McKegney (1)

TEAM STATS:

#42 ‘22-’23 Tigers

#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres

0

Goals

13

23

Shots

64

0/4

PP

SH

4/4

0%

PP%

PK%

100%

GWG

R. Martin (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Gilbert Perreault (BUF)
  • 2nd Star: Danny Gare (BUF)
  • 3rd Star: Jim Schoenfeld (BUF)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres 9 1 1 11
#42 ‘22-’23 Tigers 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘79-’80 BUF – 11   ‘22-’23 HAM – 0   (3-0   ‘79-’80 BUF)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 BUF – 1:17 – BUF: J. Schoenfeld (3) unassisted
  • 2 – 0 BUF – 5:08 – BUF: G. Perreault (7) assisted by L. Playfair (1), J. Schoenfeld (11)
  • 3 – 0 BUF – 10:23 – BUF: J. Van Boxmeer (1) assisted by D. Gare (6), G. Perreault (9)
  • 4 – 0 BUF – 10:58 – BUF: R. Martin (4) assisted by D. Gare (7)
  • 5 – 0 BUF – 12:05 – BUF: T. McKegney (4) assisted by J. Van Boxmeer (5)
  • 6 – 0 BUF – 13:43 – BUF: R. Martin (5) assisted by G. Perreault (10), D. Gare (8)
  • 7 – 0 BUF – 15:34 – BUF: R. Martin (6) assisted by G. Perreault (11), J. Schoenfeld (12)
  • 8 – 0 BUF – 16:07 – BUF: D. Gare (7) assisted by G. Perreault (12), L. Playfair (2)
  • 9 – 0 BUF – 16:23 – BUF: C. Ramsay (2) assisted by J. Schoenfeld (13)

2nd Period:

  • 10 – 0 BUF – 1:00 – PP – BUF: J. Van Boxmeer (2) unassisted

3rd Period:

  • 11 – 0 BUF – 8:46 – BUF: R. Seiling (2) assisted by J. Van Boxmeer (6), J. Schoenfeld (14)

TEAM STATS:

#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres

#42 ‘22-’23 Tigers

11

Goals

0

74

Shots

30

1/1

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

0/1

100%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

0%

J. Schoenfeld (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Jim Schoenfeld (BUF)
  • 2nd Star: Gilbert Perreault (BUF)
  • 3rd Star: John Van Boxmeer (BUF)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres 4 5 0 9
#42 ‘22-’23 Tigers 2 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘79-’80 BUF – 9   ‘22-’23 HAM – 4   (4-0   ‘79-’80 BUF)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 HAM – 5:31 – HAM: M. Roach (2) assisted by C. Wilson (2), H. Mummery (2)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 5:53 – BUF: C. Ramsay (3) assisted by J. Schoenfeld (15), R. Seiling (2)
  • 2 – 1 BUF – 10:58 – BUF: J. Van Boxmeer (3) assisted by C. Ramsay (2), R. Seiling (3)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 11:03 – HAM: C. Wilson (2) assisted by E. Bouchard (1), B. Corbeau (2)
  • 3 – 2 BUF – 13:08 – BUF: D. Gare (8) assisted by G. Perreault (13), R. Martin (3)
  • 4 – 2 BUF – 17:04 – BUF: R. Martin (7) assisted by G. Perreault (14)

2nd Period:

  • 5 – 2 BUF – 4:09 – BUF: T. McKegney (5) assisted by J. Schoenfeld (16)
  • 5 – 3 BUF – 9:45 – HAM: C. Wilson (3) assisted by M. Roach (2)
  • 6 – 3 BUF – 10:07 – BUF: G. Perreault (8) assisted by D. Gare (9), R. Dunn (4)
  • 7 – 3 BUF – 13:01 – BUF: D. Gare (9) assisted by R. Martin (4)
  • 8 – 3 BUF – 16:26 – BUF: R. Martin (8) assisted by R. Dunn (5), G. Perreault (15)
  • 9 – 3 BUF – 17:35 – BUF: C. Ramsay (4) assisted by D. Smith (1), R. Seiling (4)

3rd Period:

  • 9 – 4 BUF – 5:30 – PP – HAM: C. Wilson (4) assisted by L. Reise (2)

TEAM STATS:

#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres

#42 ‘22-’23 Tigers

9

Goals

4

63

Shots

22

0/3

PP

1/1

0/1

SH

3/3

0%

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

100%

T. McKegney (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Rick Martin (BUF)
  • 2nd Star: Gilbert Perreault (BUF)
  • 3rd Star: Danny Gare (BUF)

The ’79-’80 Sabres are an UNP regular at this point. They’re also a regular in the UNP Quarterfinal, they’ve reached it in both of the first two UNP’s. In said Second Round, the ’79-’80 Sabres have a favorably matchup, the 10th-seeded ’19-’20 Ottawa Senators. The ’22-’23 Tigers are the third different team to represent Hamilton’s NHL franchise. They are also the third different Hamilton team to not make it out of the First Round.

Next up in the First Round, the 21st-seeded ’80-’81 St. Louis Blues and the 44th-seeded ’74-’75 Kansas City Scouts!

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