Well, the Rochester Americans will have a preseason game after all! Â They’ve scheduled a game for this Friday vsÂ University of Western Ontario Mustangs at 7pm. Â First thoughts are who are they? Â Is this a joke? Â A university team from Canada? Â It’s real. Â Western Ontario was ranked 5th in theÂ Canadian Interuniversity Sports rankings for men’s ice hockey last season.
This could turn out to be a more competitive game than playing against another American Hockey League opponent. Â The Amerks will want to make sure they don’t lose to some university players and the university players will want to put a win against a professional team in the books.
No pressure guys, no pressure!
The price is either $5 or free if you’re a kid playing for a youth hockey team or high school or college student with ID.
Here’s the press release:
AMERKS TO HOST EXHIBITION GAME VS. THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
AT THE SPORTS CENTRE ATÂ MCC ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30Â(Rochester, NY)…Â The Rochester Americans announced today that the Amerks will play a preseason exhibition game against The University of Western Ontario Mustangs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at The Sports Centre at MCC in Rochester.Tickets to the game will be available for $5 at the door.Â Free admission will be granted to kids wearing their youth hockey jersey or to any high school or college student with a valid school ID.Â Doors open at 6 p.m.The University of Western Ontario is located in London, Ontario (Canada) and is a member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), competing in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference.Â The Mustangs, who are scheduled to play exhibition games against Notre Dame and Michigan State in October, finished the 2010-11 regular season in first place in the OUA West Division with a record of 20-3-5 before advancing to the CIS semi-finals.