Hockey Back in Buffalo, Businesses Bustle

December 28, 2012 Updated Dec 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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December 28, 2012 Updated Dec 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Hockey is back in Buffalo at least for Friday night as the Rochester Americans take on the Lake Erie Monsters at the First Niagara Center.

Downtown bars and restaurants were filled up before the game. It is a return to normalcy for businesses who haven't had hockey crowds since last April.

Fans made the drive to the Queen City from Rochester and Sabres fans gobbled up tickets for a chance to catch some action on the ice once again.

Sabres officials tell us the game sold out with 19,000 tickets sold. That beats the old record for the largest crowd at an Amerks game by 1100 seats.

The puck drops at 7:05 pm at the First Niagara Center.

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