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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Drama until the end

   January 28, 1995 -- Shutouts are quite common in outdoor soccer -- maybe too common. They are very rare in indoor soccer.

   Therefore, a shutout by the Blizzard in a game in Buffalo was big news. A crowd of 6,287 in Memorial Auditorium held its breath until the final buzzer when the Blizzard had finished a 23-0 romp over the Dayton Dynamo.

   Tony Meola did the honors for the Blizzard. There had been 27 shutouts in the National Professional Soccer League until that point, and this one had more points scored by the winner than any of them. What's more, it came on a day when posters of Meola were handed out to fans, with the caption, "Keeping. It's all about getting it done."

   Meola told Robert J. Summers of The News after the game, "It [the quote] is something I believe in. My theory has always been that I don't have the greatest technique, but I just find a way to get it done. It doesn't matter for me how I save the ball, as long as I save it."

   The save of the game came with less than four minutes left when he got a hand on a shot by Chris Pfau. The shutout was a nice response to a loss the night before, a 15-7 loss to Harrisburg.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.