Montour sets NHL record in Sabres' long-awaited win

Brandon Montour helped to end the Buffalo Sabres’ 18-game losing streak with a record-setting performance.

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Montour puts name in NHL record book

After helping to end the Buffalo Sabres’ 18-game losing streak with his record-setting performance, ex-Chatham-Kent Cyclones defenceman Brandon Montour is aiming for more Ws.

The Sabres will try to extend their point streak to four games Saturday against the New York Rangers. They’re 1-0-2 in their last three games, including a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

Montour set an NHL record for the fastest consecutive short-handed goals by a defenceman when he scored two goals 37 seconds apart in the third period.

“Regardless of the two goals – that’s obviously nice to have – but it was a tough stretch,” he said. “You never want to lose, especially the streak we had there. Everybody was talking about it.”

But, he added, the players have stuck together.

“The guys have been positive,” he said. “The guys have been trying to pick each other up after every game and we’re doing a great job of that.”


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Montour scored his first goal into an empty net for a 5-1 lead, but Flyers goalie Alex Lyon was back for the second goal.

Montour has 4-8-12 totals in 34 games after being held off the scoresheet Thursday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers.

Konecny, Flyers want to rebound

Clachan’s Travis Konecny and the Flyers will try to bounce back Saturday when they visit the New York Islanders.

Konecny didn’t know how things went so wrong against the Sabres.

“I felt like we came out pretty good,” the Flyers winger said. “Coots (Sean Couturier) and Jake (Voracek) were pushing the pace for us, and they had us going. I don’t know, to be honest. I wish I could give you the answer you’re looking for, but I’m not sure.”

Konecny has 7-14-21 totals in 29 games.

Northern Football cancels season

The Northern Football Conference has cancelled its season for the second straight year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sarnia Imperials usually have at least a few Chatham-Kent players on their roster in the semipro league.

In 2019, McGregor Panthers alumni Julian Shadd-Gentry and Josh Wright won NFC awards. Shadd-Gentry was a second-team all-star quarterback and the NFC offensive player of the year. Wright was a first-team all-star receiver and co-winner of the leading scorer award.

There was no point in trying to put together a 2021 season when regions don’t know what restrictions they’ll face in the months to come under the province’s colour-coded system, said Imperials president, GM and head coach Jake Cherski.


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He’s confident the team will come back strong in 2022.

“We’re staying optimistic. We still have a championship to win, so we’re not giving up on the hope,” Cherski said.

Chatham minor baseball sign-up

The Chatham Minor Baseball Association is continuing online registration at

The basic registration fee is $150. All players selected for travel teams will be assessed an additional $350.

Other programs include Lil Sluggers for 3-5 year-olds, Junior Challenger for youth players (born in 2003 or later) with cognitive or physical disabilities, and Senior Challenger for adult players (born in 2002 or earlier). Lil Sluggers costs $25 and Challenger costs $65.

Contact the association at with questions.

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