The Buffalo Sabres' AHL affiliate will play in the big club's arena Saturday night riding their best streak of the season.
The Rochester Americans will "host" the Grand Rapids Griffins (7:05 p.m.) having won eight of their last nine games. They most recently beat the Hershey Bears 4-1 Friday night in Rochester, with Jamie Tardif, Luke Adam, Dan Catenacci and Brayden Irwin scoring for the Amerks.
The streak improves Rochester's record to 23-16-3-3 on the year. That's good for 52 points and second place in the North Division, eight points behind the Toronto Marlies. Grand Rapids is 29-15-2-2 and in first place in the Midwest Division with 62 points.
Saturday's game is Rochester's final contest before the AHL All-Star break. Adam and defenseman Brayden McNabb will represent the Amerks in the game. Adam leads Rochester with 34 points (20 goals, 14 assists) in 31 games. Matt Hackett (13-12-2-0, 2.73 GAA) and Nathan Lieuwen (10-7-1-2, 2.37 GAA) share time in goal.
The Sabres sent forward Phil Varone and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel down to Rochester on Friday so they could play during the NHL Olympic break. Forward Linus Omark was placed on waivers; assuming he's not claimed, he's expected to play for Rochester Saturday night.
The Amerks played two games last season at the First Niagara Center. An Oct. 23 contest drew 10.936 fans, while a Dec. 28 game was played before a sold-out crowd of 19,070. Both games were played during the NHL lockout.
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