Pegula Gives Sabre Tickets To City Employee

April 14, 2011 Updated Apr 14, 2011 at 11:30 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

April 14, 2011 Updated Apr 14, 2011 at 11:30 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
As the Buffalo Sabres duke it out on the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sabres fans are crossing their fingers for a victory in the best of seven series.

"They got a rivalry with Philly and I'm hoping they come out victorious," said Mike Marino, a Sabre fan.

Since new team owner Terry Pegula took over many of the fans can feel their dreams turning into reality.

"I think that the new owner gave the team a lot of momentum a lot of hope, a lot of motivation," said Mark Mergenhagen, a Sabre fan.

Marino added,"They got enough talent they got a well rounded team they got three solid lines and great goal tending and a good coach and good leadership and now with a good owner everything semmes to be pointing in the right direction."

And a series win for the Sabres isn't just wishful thinking even a sports insider like ESPN's Chris Berman is confident in the team.

"You give me a good goal tender and a spirited team and I'll give you an underdog that has a good chance. They could beat the Flyers," said Berman.

The mayors of the two cities are diving head first into the rivalry. Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown have agreed to perform community service while wearing the hat representing the winning team.

"I intend that the Sabres are going to win so I will have my Sabres hat on as I serve our senior citizens lunch at the Salvation Army after the series," said Mayor Brown.

Mayor Brown and his wife have been invited by the Pegulas to attend game three, but they won't be going alone, the Pegulas have given the mayor two extra tickets to give to a city employee and a guest. The mayor will pick the winning worker by drawing a name from a hat on Friday.