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One of Terry Pegula's hockey teams will play in Buffalo next month.

With the Sabres on indefinite hiatus because of the NHL lockout, the Rochester Americans announced Thursday they are moving a home game to First Niagara Center. They'll host the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:35 p.m. Oct. 23.

The Amerks were originally scheduled to play Hamilton on Oct. 21 in Rochester's Blue Cross Arena. But with the foot of Washington Street sitting idle while the NHL and NHL Players' Association squabble over a collective bargaining agreement, the Amerks (who, like the Sabres, are owned by Pegula) decided to move at least one AHL game to the parent city.

Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. next Friday morning at the First Niagara Center box office and online at Tickets.com. Seats in 100 Level Preferred and the 200 Club Level will cost $25. Tickets in the 100 Level corners and ends will be available for $20, while the 300 Level will go for $15.

The Amerks skated in Buffalo four times during the 2004-05 NHL lockout and averaged more than 15,000 fans.

The date swap halts what would have been three games in three nights for the Amerks.

Amerks season-ticket holders will have the game included in their package. If they cannot attend, they can trade their ticket for another home game or get a refund.





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