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Hodgson shines before AHL Rochester’s record crowd

Dec 29, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

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As anticipated, Buffalo Sabres AHL affiliate the Rochester Americans set a franchise attendance record on Friday night – and they got a 4-1 win over the Lake Erie Monsters in the process. A crowd of 19,070 fans were on hand for the action at the First Niagra Center, normally the Sabres’ home.

Amerks team president Ted Black thinks that the turnout is a testament to the game’s presence in both Buffalo and Rochester.

“This record is a result of the tremendous support from the fans throughout Western New York,” Black said. “Rochester and Buffalo are both great hockey cities, and the Amerks organization is extremely appreciative of the continuing support of the fans in both markets.”

The cherry on top is the fact that recent Sabres addition Cody Hodgson scored two goals in the game, pushing him to five goals and 18 points in 15 AHL games this season.

Friday’s crowd was the biggest in team history by a considerable margin, but Dec. 28 has been a big date for the franchise:

The previous Amerks record for the largest crowd was 17,898, which was set exactly eight years ago on Dec. 28, 2004, when Rochester defeated the Edmonton Road Runners at the then-HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

  1. blomfeld - Dec 30, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    GO CODY !!!

    Friends, I offer you this as a “free” public service announcement. Now I’m a bit of a “unique” sort, in that that I live here in Vancouver and yet I’m “not” a member of the Canuck’s flock. Anytime you hear something at a forum like this about young Cody, it’s sure to be from some rabid Canucklehead who toes the party line and nothing else. Well let me tell you this people … Cody Hodgson is an extremely talented and well-behaved young man who was “horribly” abused here in Vancouver by Aquilini Investments … and I’m just so glad that he finally got out of here and now has the chance to prove his mettle, free from the Orwellian “snake pit” which is the Canucks organization today. Hopefully he too will one day come to taste the “joy of redemption” like comrade Mitchell has done. All the best Cody and God speed … you deserve it friend! :)

    ps: this Kardashian creature who the Canucks got in return, is a complete and utter flop …

    • zetaone - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      From what I’ve seen last season, Canucks fans were still pretty supportive of him on the Sabres. He had a cult following of sorts over there. He will have a great shot to compete for the #1 center spot vs. Tyler Ennis and Grigorenko. I know as a Sabres fan, it’s going to be fun to watch.

  2. rainyday56 - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    For once I have to agree with you Blom. Trading Cody was a big mistake. They lost a guy that was close to being Danny Gare for a player who is too close to being a Jim Sandlak.

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