Even if the Buffalo Sabres aren't starting on time, the team down the Thruway is doing their best to help out the left out fans in Buffalo. The Rochester Americans are opening their training camp on Friday morning at the First Niagara Center. They will take the ice at 11:45 am - 1:00 pm and then again from 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm. Those practice sessions will be open to the general public and no tickets will be needed.
Here is the rest of the schedule through next weekend
|9/28||11:45 am - 1:00 pm and 1:15 - 2:30 pm||First Niagara Center|
|9/29||6:30 - 7:20 am and 7:30 - 8:20 am||First Niagara Center (closed to the public)|
|9/30||9:00 - 10:15 am and 11:00 am - 12:15 pm||Blue Cross Arena|
|10/1||9:00 - 10:15 am and 11:00 am - 12:15 pm||Blue Cross Arena|
|10/2||10:30 am - 12:30 pm (Blue-White Scrimmage)||Blue Cross Arena|
|10/3||7:05 pm (Preseason game vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)||The Sports Center at MCC|
|10/4||10:30 - 11:45 am||Blue Cross Arena|
|10/5||7:05 pm (Preseason game vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)||Mohegan Sun Arena|
The AHL is going to be stacked at the start of the season while the NHL is on lockout. The Sabres have sent Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson down to Rochester to keep themselves fresh. There were two training camp invitees this year: Shane Madolora and Jamie Wise. Madolora played three seasons with the RIT Tigers and was named an Atlantic Hockey first team all-star in 2011-12. Jamie Wise impressed the Sabres at the development camp and added a cherry on the top with three goals in the Blue and Gold scrimmage at the end of camp.