With neither side of the bargaining coin eager to get a deal done – many in Western New York are bracing for a very long winter. Of course, an NHL lockout doesn’t mean no hockey for the fans in Buffalo Sabres Country.
Led by many highly touted Blue and Gold prospects; the Rochester Americans are set to begin the chase for the Calder Cup. The Amerks ended their preseason home and home schedule with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins 1-1-0-0; ending the preseason split with a shootout victory.
The Rochester Americans have six games scheduled between now and the next possible Buffalo Sabres contest. all six contests are within driving distance for those stranded in Sabre Nation without a sheet of ice. With away games against Toronto and Hershey – the Amerks also play home contests against Hamilton (will be played at First Niagara Center), Grand Rapids, Binghamton, and Syracuse.
The Buffalo Sabres could be playing hockey on October 26th – but anticipate that game being cancelled by the NHL. If the NHL patterns its cancellations on two week cancellations, the next six games would be nixed off the schedule, leaving November 8th as the firs ttime the Sabres could see the ice together as a squad.
The Amerks are hoping to trace the path back to the Calder Cup Playoffs, arriving last year they were swept in the first round by the Toronto Marlies. While it pains me to see any Toronto team win, especially in a sweep scenario – Toronto would make it to the Calder Cup Finals – before being swept by the Norfolk Admirals.
The Rochester Americans officially begin the 2012-2013 season on October 12th against the Syracuse Crunch. We will keep you updated here on the happenings of the AHL prospects. You can also check out Frozen Futures - our minor league hockey site.