The Rochester Americans are coming back to Buffalo.
The Sabres' minor-league affiliate will announce today it will play Dec. 28 in First Niagara Center, a Sabres spokesman said this morning. The Amerks hosted Hamilton in Buffalo on Oct. 23 and drew 10,936 for the Tuesday night game. They will host the Lake Erie Monsters, the affiliate for the Colorado Avalanche, on a Friday night at 7.
“There are Buffalo fans in Rochester, and I want to make sure there are Amerk fans in Buffalo,” Sabres President Ted Black told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, which first reported the story Thursday night. “By choosing that Friday game, we do want to expose more Buffalo fans to the Amerks.”
The game will be held regardless of whether the NHL and its players' association come together on a new collective bargaining agreement. NHL games are canceled only through Dec. 14, but Dec. 28 was an open date for Buffalo's arena. Rochester was set to host four games in six days, so the move was made to alleviate the market pressure.
Ticket information will be announced. The prices ranged from $15 to $25 for the October game.