Amerks Season has Faded Fast; Not Much Hope with 5 Games Remaining

April 6, 2012 - By
Amerks Season has Faded Fast; Not Much Hope with 5 Games Remaining

The Buffalo Sabres were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Thursday night and that offers a very distant glimmer of hope for the post season chances of the Rochester Americans.  The Amerks are currently in 11th place and two points behind the eighth place Houston Aeros.  The only chance the Amerks likely have of gaining ground and winning out the rest of the season is if the Sabres make sure that Marcus Foligno, Corey Tropp, Brayden McNabb and TJ Brennan are with the Amerks in Glens Falls on Sunday.

What’re the chances of the Amerks making the playoffs?  Doubtful.  If you’re a season ticket holder I wouldn’t be in a hurry to send money in for the tickets, I know I haven’t.

The Amerks have a losing record of 32-39.

Rochester has only won two out of their last ten games.

Prior to this losing stretch the Amerks had won seven out of ten games.

The only difference in the winning stretch was the presence of Brayden McNabb and TJ Brennan in the lineup.  They were winning without Marcus Foligno and Corey Tropp.

If the Amerks win at least four out of five of the remaining games and get some [...]Read More

Amerks Lose in Overtime; League Leading 23rd Game in Overtime

April 5, 2012 - By
Amerks Lose in Overtime; League Leading 23rd Game in Overtime

The good thing about the game on Wednesday night is that Amerks finally scored a goal after a drought of seven periods and over 147 minutes of play.  Luke Adam was in the penalty box for goaltender interference and Evan Rankin scored shorthanded for his 12th goal of the season.  One other good thing is that they played a lot better on Wednesday night than on Tuesday.

As of writing this Rochester is only seven points out of fourth place in the Western Conference right now.  The team in fourth place?  Abbotsford Heat.  Following the game on Wednesday the Amerks have played in a league leading 23 games beyond regulation time.  They have four overtime wins.  Nine overtime losses.  Six shootout wins and four shootout losses.  Turn half of those losses into wins and the Amerks are ahead of the Heat in the standings.

Tossing another ugly stat out in the air is that on Wednesday night it was the sixth time in a row that the Amerks have had a one goal lead going into the third period and ended up losing (not six consecutive games, just six games where they’ve had a lead into the 3rd).  The team [...]Read More

Amerks Loss to the Heat on Tuesday Night (with video)

April 4, 2012 - By
Amerks Loss to the Heat on Tuesday Night (with video)

The Heat completely outplayed the Amerks and won the game 4-0.  That’s the only recap needed.  Rochester has now gone six straight periods without scoring a goal and has been shutout two games in a row for the first time all season.  The loss puts the Amerks in a three way tie for 10th place in the conference.

So, what’s the issue with this team?  Pretty simple.  The other teams have deeper rosters than the Amerks.  It’d be hard to blame the loss on goaltender David Leggio.  He didn’t have much help in front of him.  The players on the ice were never able to move the puck outside of the Amerks zone for an extended period of time and put any pressure on the Heat.  Only 17 shots the whole game, maybe about five or six of those could be considered real scoring chances.  The Amerks were 0 for 6 on the power play and again, no real scoring chances.  Simply put it was a horrible game, especially this late in the season.

The losses of McNabb, Brennan, Tropp and Foligno have really hurt the depth of the roster, a roster that has struggled all season with depth.  TJ [...]Read More

Catenacci and Knapp Sign Entry Level Contracts

April 3, 2012 - By
Catenacci and Knapp Sign Entry Level Contracts

There’s seven games left in the Amerks regular season and they’ll have some potential fresh feet in Dan Catenacci who’ll join the team on the road as a forward fresh out of juniors.  We’ll find out tonight if he suits up and who sits out.  It’s doubtful that goalie Connor Knapp will see any action this season but he’ll get some practice time with the team.  It’ll be interesting though to see if he dresses as a backup over Drew MacIntyre who has not played since February 19th.

Update, here’s info on MacIntyre from Kevin Oklobzija:

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Buffalo Sabres Nation wrote a 10 questions interview with Catenacci last summer, you can read that here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2012

SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH CATENACCI AND KNAPP

(Rochester, NY)… Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Dan Catenacci on a three-year entry level contract and goaltender Connor Knapp on a two-year entry-level contract. Both contracts will take effect next season and both players will join the Rochester Americans tonight on amateur tryouts.

Catenacci (5’9”, 190 lbs., 3/9/93), selected by Buffalo in the third round (77th overall) [...]Read More

Amerks Lose in Shootout to the Crunch (with shootout and fight videos)

March 22, 2012 - By
Amerks Lose in Shootout to the Crunch (with shootout and fight videos)

The Amerks failed to win the game but getting one out of two points against a team not in your conference is better than not getting anything at all.  Rochester had a lot of chances to score goals throughout the second period but continued to hit the posts and give the Crunch too much room and they were able to succeed.  The Amerks had a lead until halfway through the third period Peter Holland scored the tying goal and then Dan Sexton scored the eventual game winner in the shootout.

This game wasn’t lost because the Amerks were without Marcus Foligno, Corey Tropp and Travis Turnbull but because they were inconsistent the whole game.  Those three players certainly would have helped but the game wasn’t lost due to their absence.

Igor Gongalsky and Kyle Kurtz had the only fight of the game at 5:06 of the first period.  There weren’t many punches thrown but the two certainly gave it a shot against each other.  You can see the video here:

Back to the game..

Shaone Morrisonn, Nick Crawford and Brayden McNabb scored the three goals for the Amerks in the 4-3 loss.  Is that a good thing or bad [...]Read More

Video of the Friday Night Crunch Win Over the Amerks

March 17, 2012 - By
Video of the Friday Night Crunch Win Over the Amerks

The Amerks had the chance to win on Friday night but a costly turnover, failed power play attempt and a foolish penalty cost them the game.  The Crunch are in the hunt for the playoffs as much as the Amerks are and they took full advantage of every chance in the game.  The game also had a couple of fights with Travis Turnbull vs Ryan O’Marra and TJ Brennan vs Josh Brittain with Joe Finley jumping into the mix as well and squaring off with Matt Smaby.

Paul Szczechura, Evan Rankin and Colin Stuart scored the three goals for the Amerks in the 4-3 loss.  David Leggio finished the game with 31 saves.

The loss drops the Amerks back into 10th place in the current standings for their playoff push but still only three points away from fourth in the Western Conference.

Watch the highlights courtesy of the Syracuse Crunch

The Amerks continue their weekend road trip tonight in Binghamton.

Playoff Ticket Prices for Amerks First Two Rounds; Brayden McNabb Called Up

March 14, 2012 - By
Playoff Ticket Prices for Amerks First Two Rounds; Brayden McNabb Called Up

The first bit of news out this morning is that the Sabres have called up Brayden McNabb on an emergency basis to fill in for Tyler Myers who has been suspended for three games.  It had to be a coin flip between McNabb and TJ Brennan as both have been playing great lately and capable of a call up if needed.

It’s also hard to believe that the Rochester Americans 2011/2012 season is already winding down with only 15 more games in the regular season, six of those at home.  The Amerks current stretch of 7-1 has given them a push that couldn’t have been predicted back in early February.  The team is playing smart hockey and David Leggio is playing at the top of his game which is leading to wins in the standings.

As of right now with the current predictions (listed at the bottom of this post) the Amerks will finish tied for 7th place in the Western Conference to make the playoffs.  This team has beat the best teams throughout the season and also fallen flat at times during the season so once they’re in anything is possible!  Well, assuming the Sabres don’t require any more [...]Read More

Video Highlights of Amerks 3-1 Win Over the Senators

March 10, 2012 - By
Video Highlights of Amerks 3-1 Win Over the Senators

The Amerks need every win they can get and continued to do that on Friday night with a 3-1 win over the Binghamton Senators to move into eighth place, at least for the time being.  Paul Szczechura, Luke Adam and Derek Whitmore are three players the Amerks need to rely on for scoring and they did just that scoring Friday night for the win.

There’s 16 regular season games left and every game and every point counts with only six points separating 3rd place and 11th place in the Western Conference.  The same two teams play again tonight and even though the Binghamton Senators are in last place they are not a team to be taken for granted.  As long as the Amerks play the same way they did on Friday night they should finish the weekend with four points.

Thanks again to Kevin Wright / Disengage for capturing and uploading the videos!

Here’s the highlights:

Travis Turnbull and Mark Borowiecki drop the mitts in the first period of the game between the Rochester Amerks and the Binghamton Senators.

Mike Hoffman collides with David Leggio and the net in the first period of the game between the Rochester Amerks and Binghamton Senators.

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View the Amerks Clear Day Roster; Drew Schiestel to the Texas Stars

March 6, 2012 - By
View the Amerks Clear Day Roster; Drew Schiestel to the Texas Stars

The biggest news of the day is that Drew Schiestel has been assigned to the Texas Stars.  He had been an odd man out defenseman for much of the season never fully recovered from a knee injury.  He also made a few costly mistakes in games and was sat out after those were made.  Based on the clear day roster released, Nick Crawford was put in his place.  Schiestel was drafted in the 2nd round/59th overall in the 2007 draft and in the final year of his three year entry level contract.  The Amerks do not appear to be getting anyone in return for Schiestel at this time otherwise they would’ve been on the clear day roster below.

A reassignment isn’t a trade, it’s just that, a reassignment.  The Sabres will still retain his rights and before they assigned him they likely advised him or his agent that they plan to walk away from his contract at the end of the season or did this just so that he could play and not sit around.

The Texas Stars are currently in last place in the Western Conference so it could be a way to keep Drew Schiestel in action instead [...]Read More

Video Highlights from Amerks Shootout Win Over the Marlies

March 6, 2012 - By
Video Highlights from Amerks Shootout Win Over the Marlies

The Amerks won their second game in a row on Sunday against the Toronto Marlies in a home and home series.  The two games gave the Amerks a much needed four points in the standings and also proved again that they can compete with the best when they want to.  The videos below feature fights, hits and the goals scored.  Thanks to Kevin Wright / Disengage for capturing and uploading the videos!

The team will now prepare for back to back home games this Friday and Saturday against the Binghamton Senators, last seasons Calder Cup champions who are now in last place in the league.

T.J. Brennan and Ryan Hamilton throw down the mitts after a big hit by Brennan.

Travis Turnbull fights Marcel Mueller.

Derek Whitmore chases down his own dump in and lands a big check on Jesse Blacker. The TV broadcast does no justice to how loud the hit was in the arena.

Alex Biega banks a loose puck in the crease right into David Leggio’s ass and into the goal for the first goal of the game. This could be the Amerks’ blooper of the year.

Mike Catalana interviews Evan Rankin [...]Read More

Evan Rankin Signed to an AHL Contract

March 5, 2012 - By

(Rochester, NY)… The Rochester Americans announced today that the team has signed forward Evan Rankin to an American Hockey League contract. Rankin originally joined the Amerks on a professional tryout on Nov. 25, 2011.

Rankin,25,has appeared in 18 games with the Amerks this season,recording 15 points on eight goals and seven assists. Prior to joining the Amerks,Rankin played in 15 games for Toledo of the ECHL and registered 18 points (10+8),which led the team and ranked 10 th in the ECHL as of Nov. 25.

In 143 career ECHL games with Toledo,Rankin collected 130 points on 65 goals and 65 assists. The 6-foot-1,195-pound Rankin,a native of Portage,Michigan,has appeared in 32 career AHL games with Rochester,Grand Rapids Griffins and Manitoba. He also played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Notre Dame from 2004 to 2008.

For more information or to purchase tickets to an upcoming Amerks game,call 1-855-GO-AMERKS or visit www.amerks.com.

Predicting the Amerks Clear Day Roster Due at 3pm Today

March 5, 2012 - By
Predicting the Amerks Clear Day Roster Due at 3pm Today

Today is one of the more important days for all 30 teams in the American Hockey League since by 3pm a 22 man roster has to be submitted of players eligible to play for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs.  Teams can also list players as in residence to be used for players missing due to injury or recall.  This could change if any moves are made today to either loan or trade players within the AHL.

Here’s what the league says about the clear day roster:

** Each Clear Day roster consists of a maximum of 22 players. According to AHL by-laws, only those players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the 2011-12 AHL regular season and in the Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension.

** Teams may also add signed draft choices and players signed to amateur tryout contracts, provided that their respective Junior seasons are complete.

The 22 player roster is also for payouts for the playoffs.  The AHL-PHPA CBA states:

How is the Playoff Pool structured?  The distribution of the playoff pool shall be made [...]Read More