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Sabres’ AHL Rochester records highest home attendance since last lockout

Oct 24, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

Andrei Markov, Cody Hodgson AP

The lockout is still dragging on, but Buffalo hockey fans were treated to a pro game featuring Cody Hodgson on Tuesday.

The Rochester Americans, which are the Sabres’ AHL-affiliate, followed through with their plans to play a home game in the Sabres’ arena, the First Niagara Center.

The Amerks earned a 3-1 victory over the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs in the presence of 10,936 fans, according to the AHL. That’s their biggest crowd for a home game since 2004-05 when another lockout wiped out the full NHL season.

Hodgson netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist for the Americans. He’s been dominant in the AHL so far, recording a goal and nine points in six games.

Marcus Foligno, who went on a tear in his late season stint with the Sabres in 2011-12, had an assist and is tied with Hodgson at nine points.

  1. billsin20xx - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    BUT, a big asterisk here.

    *The NHL should take notice that the previous times the Amerks played in Buffalo (during the last lockout) the attendance was in the 15,000 range, not 10,000!!!

    Is this showing the fans are getting tired of the BS in the NHL?

    • Philip - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      They averaged 15K over four games. The first game in Buffalo saw just about 11K come out.

  2. terrypegula - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    All this does is show the NHL how passionate and starved for hockey, fans are, and because of that passion, they will most certainly come back in full force when the lock out ends.

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