September 28, 2022

[BN] Hockey: Inside the Sabers’ unusual trip from Montreal to Saint-Louis |

Buffalo Sabers forward Alex Tuch awaits his shift against the Ottawa Senators in the first period at KeyBank on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

Inside the Sabers’ unusual journey from Montreal to St. Louis

Several Buffalo Sabers played with stomach ailments on Wednesday — Victor Olofsson and Kyle Okposo were sidelined with the non-Covid-19 illness — and no one was in good spirits as the buses carrying the players, Sabers coaches and staff were inactive at Montreal Aéroport Saint-Hubert Longueuil after a 4-0 loss.

There was a frozen piece of equipment that was vital to starting a charter plane that was to ferry the Sabers to St. Louis. It wouldn’t thaw.

And that plane didn’t take off late Wednesday night. Instead, after a 40-minute drive to the airport, the team turned back to spend another night at a hotel.

“Looking back on it, it’s kind of funny now,” Sabers winger Alex Tuch said with a laugh. “Someone on the bus said, ‘It can’t get much worse than this,’ and little things kept adding up.”

The problems started before the Sabers reached Montreal.

Lance Lysowski has the history of St. Louis.