AMHERST, NY (WKBW/Release) - In preparation for the 2012-13 hockey season, the Buffalo Junior Sabres and Jamestown Ironmen will play against each other in a two-game “home and home” exhibition series beginning Saturday, September 1st.
The Jr. Sabres will host the first game on September 1st, beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Northtown Center at Amherst, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive. Admission for the game in Amherst is free.
The Ironmen will host the second game on Friday, September 7th beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, 319 West 3rd Street, Jamestown.
As Junior A programs, these are the top two ranked junior teams in Western New York hockey. As members of different leagues, however, these games will be the only occasions they will face each other this season.
The Jr. Sabres compete as the only U.S. based club in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, while the Ironmen compete in the U.S. based North American Hockey League.
Both sides see these games as an ideal opportunity to test their talent while getting local hockey fans excited about the coming season.
“I’m very excited, as are our boys, to get into game action,” said Buffalo Jr. Sabres Head Coach and General Manager Michael Peca.
“We have had a tremendous buzz around our team all summer and to be this close to the season you can feel that excitement. Getting the chance to play the Jamestown Ironmen will certainly test us and at the same time give our coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate our group in a true game setting. Jamestown always fields a tough group to compete against. It should make for some great hockey.”
The Jamestown Ironmen are very excited to have the opportunity to play a great organization like the Jr. Sabres,” said Jamestown Ironmen Head Coach and General Manager Dan Daikawa.
“We hope that we can build a great relationship and have many good rivalries to come.”
The Jr. Sabres open their Ontario Junior Hockey League season on Sunday, September 9th at the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and then host their home opener on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 P.M. against the Burlington Cougars at the Northtown Center at Amherst. Tickets for regular season home games are $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens.
For more information, visit their website at www.buffalojuniorsabres.com.
The Ironmen, who compete in the U.S. based North American Hockey League, open their regular season on September 12th in Blaine, Minnesota and host their home opener on Friday, September 21st at 7:00 P.M. against the Port Huron Fighting Falcons at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
For more information, visit their website at www.jamestownironmenhockey.com