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Only single seats remain for Amerks' game in Buffalo on Friday as team will set franchise attendance record

The Rochester Americans are coming to Buffalo for the second time this season. They'll leave with a record.

The Amerks will set a franchise single-game attendance record Friday in First Niagara Center when they play Lake Erie. Only single seats remain.

The Sabres have added and reconfigured seats, primarily in the 200 Level, and will now host 19,070 fans. The number is symbolic of the team’s 1970 founding. Previous capacity was 18,690.

The Amerks' record of 17,898 was set Dec. 28, 2004, when they defeated Edmonton in Buffalo during the previous lockout.

Rochester and Lake Erie will meet for the third time. The first two were wild, with the Amerks earning a pair of 7-6 victories. They scored four straight goals to win Wednesday at home. They trailed, 5-3 and 6-5, in Cleveland on Dec. 13.

“It’s been more run-and-gun games, and both teams kind of fall into that,” defenseman T.J. Brennan said by phone today. “They have a lot of skill, but we have a lot of skill, too. We’ve just been coming out on top.

“That’s not exactly our game plan there. We want to play a little more disciplined and better defensively, obviously.”

The Amerks will hold a morning skate at First Niagara Center at 10 a.m., followed by Lake Erie at 11:15 a.m.  The morning skate for both teams will be open to the public.

Friday’s game will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in  Rochester and Buffalo.

---John Vogl

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