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Amerks make roster moves in advance of tonight's opener

ROCHESTER -- The puck is about to drop on the Rochester Americans' regular season. But not for every player who participated in the team's training camp.

The Sabres' minor-league club has assigned forwards Riley Boychuk and Shawn Szydlowski to the Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League.

(Side note: I covered the CHL for two seasons in the early 2000s. It's a long way from the NHL, but it's fun hockey to watch because anything can happen on the ice, in the stands or the parking lot. One story I covered back then involved a Memphis player allegedly trying to run over a Columbus Cottonmouths player with his car.)

Boychuk, 21, appeared in 26 games with the Amerks last season, recording two assists and 18 penalty minutes. Szydlowski, 22, played in 53 games, collecting eight assists and 21 penalty minutes.

The moves follow several transactions made Thursday. Defenseman Corey Fienhage was assigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL), forward Jacob Lagace was sent to the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL) and goaltender Nathan Lieuwen was assigned to the Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL). Goaltender Shane Madolora and forward Jamie Wise were released.

The Amerks host the Syracuse Crunch tonight. Syracuse is the new farm team for the Tampa Bay Lightning and features Canisius College product and reigning AHL MVP Cory Conacher.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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