It seems weird to have back to back home games on a Friday and Saturday night but it’s happening this weekend, following the Amerks 3-1 win over the Senators on Friday night they’re back on the ice in a few hours against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Based on Ticketmaster numbers it looks like a crowd of around 4,000 should be expected. If you don’t have tickets yet make sure to wear Amerks or Sabres gear to the box office to get discounts.
The Amerks lit up the scoreboard with a 7-2 win the last time these two teams played in the middle of October. The Griffins scored eight goals last night against the Hamilton Bulldogs so they’ll be ready to shoot some pucks.
Whether or not it’ll be David Leggio or Drew MacIntyre in net for the Amerks is an unknown at this time, we’ll likely find out when the team skates out for warmups. The rotation has Leggio in net but MacIntyre had a great game last night, maybe it’s the weekend the rotation ends.
Travis Turnbull is an unknown after he left the game after a hit by Tim Conboy (see it here) late in the second period on Friday.
Corey Tropp will be back in the lineup after a four game call up to the Buffalo Sabres. Tropp scored his first NHL goal (read about that here) and made a great first impression.
The key to an Amerks win is to do everything they did on Friday night. Play defensive hockey. Create opportunities on the power play and score on the power play. And of course solid goaltending. A more physical game would probably be enjoyed by the fans but it’s not necessary to win.
Also, the wives and girlfriends of Amerks players will sell “Love for Lokomotiv” bracelets at the game for $10. Read more about them below:
The Rochester Americans announced today that the players’ wives and girlfriends will be selling “Love for Lokomotiv” bracelets during two upcoming Amerks home games, beginning Saturday, Nov. 12 when the team hosts the Grand Rapids Griffins at The Blue Cross Arena at 7:35 p.m.
On September 7, 2011, a tragic plane crash took the lives of 44 people, including staff, coaches and players of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Professional Hockey Team of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. In a united effort to show support for grieving families, hockey wives and girlfriends from around the world have participated in the Love for Lokomotiv program by selling remembrance bracelets. The proceeds will go to the Foundation that has been set up in honor of the lost team.
Love for Lokomotiv Remembrance Bracelets will be sold for $10 on the main concourse of The Blue Cross Arena during the Amerks home games on Saturday, Nov. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 16 or while supplies last.
The puck drops at 7:35, be there!