Vet Brian Gionta practicing in AHL with eye on U.S. Olympic team bid

Brian Gionta is turning to hockey’s minor league Rochester Americans in his bid to land a spot on the U.S. men’s Olympic team.

The Buffalo Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliate announced the 16-year NHL veteran accepted an invitation to practice with the team starting Tuesday. Gionta, 38, is from Rochester and spent the previous three seasons as the Sabres captain.

Christian Everett hauled in a 5-yard scoring pass to cap a game-opening, 13-play, 75-yard drive. Hill finished drives with a pair of short runs to make it 21-0 in the first quarter.

A 69-yard catch-and-run by Josh Wainwright, Columbia’s longest play from scrimmage this season, a 19-yard touchdown reception by Emerson Kabus and a late field goal from Oren Milstein made the Lions 6 for 6 on first-half drives. Kabus was the top receiver with six catches for a career-high 114 yards. The Lions piled up 491 yards of offense.

The Red Foxes (3-2) were limited to 240 yards and had three turnovers.

Columbia, which held the ball for 10 1/2 minutes more than Marist, was 12 of 19 on third down, 3 of 4 on fourth, and only punted once.

Knoll is a great example of how placement trumps distance with punting. He ranks Cheap China NFL Jerseys 56th nationally in net punting but leads the FBS in punts placed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (22, five more than any other FBS punter) and is second in punts placed inside the opponent’s 10-yard line (nine). He has had a lot of opportunities, given Boston College’s struggles on Cheap Authentic Jerseys offense, but he has made the most of those in tilting field position in the Eagles’ favor.

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