AMHERST (WKBW) The Buffalo Sabres were scheduled to kick off their preseason Monday night in Montreal. But instead, the NHL lockout continues, and talks between owners and players are a long way off.
"It's a big disappointment that they can't come to terms," one fan said.
"I would really like to see some hockey. It gets to be november, I'm going to look for some hockey to watch," another added.
But the Buffalo Sabres aren't the only hockey in town, and for fans looking to fill that void in their lives, the Buffalo Junior Sabres provide plenty of action out on the ice.
"You can still get your hockey fix, see local talent, and see the blue and gold out there, which you're not seeing right now downtown," Sabres Alum and current Junior Sabres Board Member Rick Seiling said.
Monday night the Junior Sabres took on another NHL look-a-like, the Orangeville Flyers, from the Northtown Center in Amherst.
"It's great. the best brand of hockey that's going. It's all you've got," one fan at the game said.
"In lieu of the lockout this is the only place you're going to see a good competitive hockey game right now," another Junior Sabres fan added.
As the lockout cuts into preseason games and we near losing actual meaningful hockey, the Junior Sabres are OK with being a replacement for however long it takes.
"That's fortunate for us, that's fortunate for these kids, because the fact is they put that uniform on, and they have just as much pride in that uniform as the guys downtown do in their uniform," Sieling said.
For more information on the Junior Sabres, head to http://www.buffalojuniorsabres.com