A pair of WNY boys called up to assist the Sabres
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • December 20, 2011 @ 12:20pm
With 272 games for the Sabres’ minor-league teams under his belt, Rochester native Derek Whitmore finally got the call up from the Sabres to fill in for the injury-plagued roster. Joining him tonight against the Ottawa Senators, will be Buffalo native Marcus Foligno, most noted for his 2011 World Junior Championship run for Team Canada last year.
Whitmore, a 27 year-old left winger, currently leads the Americans with 13 goals and 20 points in 29 games this season while Foligno, a 20 year-old left winger, has amassed 12 (9+3) points and 33 penalty minutes in 27 games.
Both players received the call up after injuries to Tyler Ennis and Colin Stuart over the weekend. The game tonight is also an ironic first game for Foligno especially—he will be facing off against his brother Nick Foligno, a center for the Ottawa Senators. Nick and Marcus’ father, Mike Foligno also played for the Buffalo Sabres from 1981 to 1991—this is looking to be quite the Buffalo hockey dynasty.
To see what these guys will hopefully be bringing to the game tonight, take a look at these highlight clips. Here is Whitmore with a 4 goal night against the Hamilton Bulldogs last month.
Foligno is also no stranger to good hockey with this “Inside the numbers” feature from the Americans.