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Sharpen Up: September 21, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

After an exciting overtime win at Penn State on Tuesday, Buffalo was back to work Wednesday morning with two practice sessions at HarborCenter. Later in the afternoon, Buffalo trimmed its roster by four. 

Here's what you need to know. 

The Sabres returned forwards Vasily Glotov (Shawinigan) and Brandon Hagel (Red Deer), as well as defensemen Vojtech Budik (Prince Albert) and Austin Osmanski (Mississauga) to their respective junior clubs, making Cliff Pu (London) the only remaining junior-eligible player at training camp. 

Fore more on what to expect from those players this season, read this nice little article from our friend Kris Baker of


Another look back at Tuesday 

A few Sabres made their Buffalo debuts Tuesday night including three on the blue line. Victor Antipin, Nathan Beaulieu and Matt Tennyson all played in their first games in the blue and gold and each left a good impression on coach Phil Housley. 

Video: Phil Housley After Practice (9/20/17)

Beaulieu was paired with Zach Bogosian and they've formed a strong bond off the ice that they hope translates into game action. 

From yesterday's Ice Level Practice Report:

Bogosian was one of the first Sabres to reach out to Nathan Beaulieu when he was acquired from Montreal in June, and has since helped him grow accustomed to the city and the team. 

Bogosian recalled that it was Marcus Foligno who first texted him when he came to Buffalo in a trade from Winnipeg in 2014-15. Foligno went on to become one of Bogosian's best friends on the Sabres, and he's formed a similar relationship with Beaulieu over the last few months.

"Right away we kind of hit it off and became pretty close," Beaulieu said. "He's kind of taken care of me, new city new faces and stuff. He's helped me out a lot in that aspect. He's a huge leader on this team."

Tennyson scored the game-tying goal in Tuesday's game. He and camp invitee Cody Goloubef were the focus of yesterday's Sabres Now with Brian Duff:

Video: Sabres Now (9/20/17) 


The All-American Prospects Game is back tonight

Chris Chelios and Brian Leetch will be behind the benches at KeyBank Center tonight for the 2018 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Tickets for the sixth-annual game are on sale now

The 2017 AAPG will be streamed live, free-for-view, on HockeyTV and NHL Network's Paul Severino and EJ Hradek will provide play-by-play commentary. Duffer will also be on hand to conduct interviews throughout the night.

Thirty-seven players are verbally committed to NCAA programs. Of note, Quinn Hughes is a freshman at the University of Michigan (Big Ten) and forward Brady Tkachuk is entering his first season at Boston University (Hockey East).

We'll have a game preview and recap for you here.

World Juniors presale opportunities begin today

Don't miss the action in December when the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship comes to Buffalo.

The World Junior Hockey Championship's inaugural outdoor game takes place on Friday, Dec. 29 between the United States and Canada at New Era Field. Individual tickets for the game will start between $45 and $110, and will follow the dynamic pricing model, which will allow the price of tickets to be continually adjusted throughout the on sale period to accurately reflect demand. 

A special presale opportunity for USA Hockey members, Buffalo Bills season ticket members, Buffalo Sabres season ticket holders, and My One Buffalo members will take place today and tomorow. Individual tickets to the outdoor game will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Sept. 25 at 10:00 a.m.

All additional preliminary round individual game tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, Sept. 29 at 10:00 a.m. and will also follow the dynamic pricing model. 

A special presale for USA Hockey members, Buffalo Bills season ticket members, Buffalo Sabres season ticket holders, and My One Buffalo members will take place on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28. Preliminary round games featuring Team USA or Team Canada will start between $20 and $110. All other preliminary round games will start between $10 and $45.

Packages for all 31 games of the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship are still available, along with eight and twelve game options. Individual ticket sales for medal round games will be announced at a later date.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

On tap today

The Sabres will once again be on the ice at HarborCenter for two practice sessions today starting at 9:45. We'll have full coverage here on

Buffalo opens a home-and-home set of sorts tomorrow night in Toronto. They'll play Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum tomorrow night at 7 p.m. You can listen to that game live on WGR 550.

And then they'll be back at KeyBank Center on Saturday for a 7 p.m. faceoff against the Maple Leafs. You can watch the Sportsnet feed on MSG. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will have your radio-only call on WGR 550.

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