Amerks vs Marlies Game 2 Video Highlights

April 23, 2012 - By
Amerks vs Marlies Game 2 Video Highlights

There hasn’t been anything to say about the game two loss that hasn’t been said elsewhere.  If you watched the game you saw the same thing as everyone else. The Marlies were the better team for most of the game.  Rochester found a way to stay in the game like they have with just about all games all season but it wasn’t enough.

(Photo courtesy of Dave Sturm, you can see his entire album here)

The Marlies 4-3 win game them a 2-0 series lead in a best of five first round matchup.

David Leggio gives the Marlies the lead early in Game 2 as Jerry D’Amigo has the whole net to shoot at. Assist to Philippe Dupuis.

A boarding penalty by Philippe Dupuis leads to roughing minors assessed to Travis Turnbull, Colin Stuart, Nicolas Deschamps, and Jerry D’Amigo.

A terrible call on Marcus Foligno leads to a power play goal by Mike Zigomanis. Assists to Jake Gardiner and Joe Colborne.

Travis Turnbull is interviewed during the first intermission of Game 2 between the Rochester Amerks and the Toronto Marlies.

Marcus Foligno scores to get the Amerks on the board in Game 2. Assisted by [...]Read More

Amerks Comeback Not Enough, Marlies Win Game 1 (with 6 min Video)

April 20, 2012 - By
Amerks Comeback Not Enough, Marlies Win Game 1 (with 6 min Video)

The first game of the Amerks vs Marlies playoff series was predictable.  The Marlies were better but the Amerks found a way to battle back and make it a close game ending in a one goal loss.  That’s the same way the ten regular season games went between these two teams.  The first round of the playoffs is the best of five making game 2 on Saturday a must win for Rochester.

The Amerks are an average team facing a talented Toronto Marlies squad.  David Leggio was at the top of his game making 34 saves while Ben Scrivens at the other end had 20 saves.  It was only a one goal game but Rochester wasn’t able to generate a lot of offensive pressure and they were fortunate Leggio kept the score the way he did.

Down 3-1 in the third period Marcus Foligno scored a power play goal from the front of the net off a quick pass from Paul Szczechura down low.  The Marlies were watching Foligno all game and didn’t give him very much room to work but the moment he was open he scored.

Evan Rankin made a back handed pass along the boards to TJ [...]Read More

Amerks Start Quest for the Teams First Calder Cup Since 1996

April 19, 2012 - By
Amerks Start Quest for the Teams First Calder Cup Since 1996

The last time the Rochester Americans won the Calder Cup was on June 13, 1996 when they defeated the Portland Pirates in Game 7.  That season the team played their first home game on October 13, 1995.  This season the Amerks started the season at home on October 13, 2011.  During the 1995/1996 season there was a time when the team was in last place in the league.  There was also a time this season that the team came very close to being in last place before clinching a playoff spot on the last day of the season.  Do those comparions mean an instant Calder Cup championship?  Of course not but they’re fun comparisons to start the campaign tonight in Toronto against the Marlies for 15 more wins!

You can watch all of game 7 Calder Cup win here:

The Amerks were last in the post season during the 2009/2010 season and even though the team was loaded with talent it wasn’t a close knit team and they lost in the first round to the Abbotsford Heat.  Prior to that the Amerks lost in the first round of the 2006/2007 playoff race to the Hamilton Bulldogs who had Carey [...]Read More

Games 1 and 2 to be Televised; Distillery Winton Rd Viewing Party

April 18, 2012 - By
Games 1 and 2 to be Televised; Distillery Winton Rd Viewing Party

Amazing news today that games 1 and 2 of the Amerks vs Marlies first round playoff series will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.  It sounds like this wasn’t all that easy to put together but people made it happen and it’s great for Western New York.  There’ll be a lot of fans driving to Toronto for the games but this is great for everyone not able to travel.

If you want to head out and watch the game come to The Distillery at 3010 Winton Rd S in Rochester to watch the game.  This isn’t anything official sponsored by the team but they’ll have the game on the TV and a bunch of us die hards will be going there to watch it.  Make it a party and stop down!

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April 18, 2012


(Rochester, NY)… The Rochester Americans announced today that the first two road games (Games 1 and 2) of the Amerks’ Calder Cup Playoff series versus the Toronto Marlies will be televised in Rochester and Buffalo on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

Game 1 of the best-of-five series takes [...]Read More

Discounted Tickets for Amerks fans Traveling to Toronto

April 18, 2012 - By
Discounted Tickets for Amerks fans Traveling to Toronto

The first round of the American Hockey League playoffs starts on Thursday between the Rochester Americans and Toronto Marlies and there appears to be a decent amount of fans traveling for the games.  If you haven’t purchased tickets already here’s a discount option for you.  Thanks to Chris Reed (Director of Ticket Sales and Service for the Amerks) for sharing this.

If you’re just looking for tickets to games 3 and 4 in Rochester you can purchase $12 tickets by clicking here.  This is a direct offer from the Amerks and your tickets will be held at will call, the same deal they’ve had most of the season.

Game 1 is Thursday at 7pm in Toronto.

Toronto ticket offers:

End Zone seats regular price $21 – discounted price $16

Centre Ice seats regular price $33 – discounted price $25

Platinum seats regular price $41 – discounted price $32

Password is AMERKS

Safe travels and have fun!

2011-2012 The Hockey News AHL Predictions vs End of Season Standings

April 17, 2012 - By
2011-2012 The Hockey News AHL Predictions vs End of Season Standings

At the start of every season most publications try and predict the season ending standings, something I would never want the task of doing.  I decided to take a look back at the The Hockey News predictions for the 2011/2012 season compared to the final standings and for the most part they were way off.  This is absolutely nothing against The Hockey News or our awesome local reporter who picked them, just wanted to look back.  It’s almost impossible to predict how 30 teams will finish when their lineup in September will likely be completely different once the season starts and throughout.

I don’t think anyone could have predicted the Norfolk Admirals of all teams to win their last 28 games of the regular season for a historic finish.  The list could go on but since I had posted the predictions back in October I thought I’d see how the results were.

Western Conference

Predicted Final Standings Charlotte Checkers Oklahoma City Barons Peoria Rivermen Toronto Marlies Chicago Wolves Chicago Wolves Rochester Americans Abbotsford Heat Toronto Marlies Milwaukee Admirals Houston Aeros San Antonio Rampage Hamilton Bulldogs Rochester Americans Lake Erie Monsters Houston Aeros Texas Stars Charlotte Checkers San Antonio [...]Read More

Amerks are in the Race for the Calder Cup

April 16, 2012 - By
Amerks are in the Race for the Calder Cup

It was an up and down roller coaster of a 76 game season and at many times it didn’t seem likely but the Rochester Americans clinched a playoff birth on the last day of the American Hockey League season, when they weren’t playing.  The team defeated the Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday night and the right scenarios played out on Sunday for them to earn the 7th seed in the Western Conference.

They’ll be playing against the Toronto Marlies, a team they only beat three out of ten times this season but every game was decided by one goal.  The Amerks were also without a full lineup in many of those games due to all of the call ups to the Sabres throughout the season.

It’s a new season and anything is possible.  The Binghamton Senators got key players back from the Ottawa Senators for the 2010/2011 playoffs and snuck into the playoffs as a 5th seed crossover and went on to win the Calder Cup.  This is what it’s all about for fans and players at this level, to get into the playoffs and win the Calder Cup.  There isn’t a single player that wants to end the season [...]Read More

Ok, THIS is It Tonight. Amerks Win and They are In.

April 14, 2012 - By
Ok, THIS is It Tonight. Amerks Win and They are In.

The Amerks had no problems handing the Syracuse Crunch a loss on Friday night and it’s now come down to tonight, the last game of the regular season against the Lake Erie Monsters.  It’s simple, the Amerks win in regulation or even in overtime and they’re in the playoffs.  The Monsters win and they’re in the playoffs. For the scenarios broken down click here.

Play a full 60 minute game like they did on Friday night and the win should come.  They had puck movement.  They scored goals.  They had hits.  They had fights.  They had defense that didn’t allow too many quality scoring chances on David Leggio.

Keeping it simple, the team knows how important the game is and none of them want the season to end.  They’ll have some support in Cleveland with the Amerks Booster Club going to the game with about 24 people and then a number of other fans are making the trip as well.

Short and simple, WIN THE GAME!

The only way to watch the game (other than traveling) is to pay $6.99 on for the feed.  You can also listen on WHTK 1280AM.

This is It, Amerks vs Crunch Tonight; Playoff Scenarios

April 13, 2012 - By
This is It, Amerks vs Crunch Tonight; Playoff Scenarios

This is it.  The Rochester Americans and Syracuse Crunch face off at 7:35pm and in the final weekend of the season both teams are desperate for wins to keep their playoff hopes alive.  The Amerks need the win a lot more than the Syracuse Crunch do if they’re to make the playoffs.  It’s pretty simple for the Amerks, win tonight and tomorrow and with a little help they’ll make the playoffs.  They’ll still have a chance with a three point weekend but can’t settle for anything less than four.

It doesn’t matter anymore what was not done last summer or during the season or the talk of the status of some players.  The only thing that matters is that the team that’s on the ice tonight and tomorrow wearing the Amerks crest goes out and wins two hockey games.  David Leggio needs to bring his A game.  The defense needs to be at the top of their game.  The offense needs to complete passes and put pucks on the net.  The power play needs to score and the penalty kill needs to kill penalties.  Hockey 101.

The coaching staff knows what is on the line.  The players all know what [...]Read More

Amerks Season is Down to the last Two Games after 5-4 Loss in OT

April 11, 2012 - By
Amerks Season is Down to the last Two Games after 5-4 Loss in OT

This is it folks.  There’s two regular season games left for the Rochester Americans and the race is close.  The Amerks are not out of the playoff race just yet but if they want to make it they can’t afford to lose a game.  It sure does sound familiar, the Sabres were in the same situation.

Doug Janik defeated the Amerks on Tuesday night with a penalty shot in overtime to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 5-4 win.  It was a league leading 24th game in overtime for Rochester.  The call was easy for Jamie Koharski.  Phil Varone broke his stick and instead of just dropping it to the ice he took the shaft part and tossed it at Janik who had the puck, automatic penalty shot.  That was the game right there but it never should have come down to that.

(photo courtesy of David Sturm

Corey Tropp scored two great goals in less than four minutes in the first period to give the Amerks a 2-0 lead and what should have been the momentum to continue building on that.  Unfortunately the opposite happened.  The Griffins scored two goals in 59 seconds to tie the game [...]Read More

Amerks Sign Ryan Grimshaw; Catenacci Out; Season is on the Line

April 7, 2012 - By
Amerks Sign Ryan Grimshaw; Catenacci Out; Season is on the Line

The Amerks are on the road tonight against the Hamilton Bulldogs, a team they have only beat twice out of nine games so far this season.  If the Amerks are going to make the postseason they’ll need to win at least four out of their last five games.  If there was a way to paint a bright picture I’d be trying my best but it’s easier to say that the season is on the line tonight.

The defense will be playing without Matt MacKenzie (upper body) and Dennis Persson (lower body) so they signed Ryan Grimshaw, from Greece, to an amateur tryout contract.  Grimshaw just finished four years at Harvard and played three games with Trenton in the ECHL.  After the Buffalo Sabres finish their season today in Boston they’ll send Brayden McNabb and TJ Brennan to join the Amerks in Glens Falls for the game on Sunday afternoon, hopefully it’s not too late.

Regarding Dan Catenacci:

Center Dan Catenacci has not played yet. He joined the Amerks after signing his contract with the Sabres but he isn’t healthy. He was struck in the ankle by a shot in his season finale with Owen Sound of the OHL.

Considering [...]Read More

Foligno Back for his Final Games as a Rochester American; Tropp Sent Down Too

April 6, 2012 - By
Foligno Back for his Final Games as a Rochester American; Tropp Sent Down Too

The Buffalo Sabres were eliminated from any post season chances on Thursday night so they have sent Marcus Foligno and Corey Tropp back to the Amerks.  The two players will join the Amerks in Hamilton for the game on Saturday night.

I think it’s safe to say these final five games for Rochester will be the last five regular season games that Foligno ever puts on an Amerks sweater.  The season started with him getting into a fight in the first week, to questioning if he knew how to pass the puck to becoming a dominant player who earned a call up and has been an important part of the Buffalo Sabres roster.  He’s proven he can be an NHL player every night.  If he isn’t already penciled into the Sabres lineup for next season it’d be a big surprise.

Back in early February I wrote a short novel about Foligno developing into a dominant player, you can read that here (warning: it’s long).

Corey Tropp has also been sent back to the Amerks.  He’s proven he has a future in the NHL as well, maybe not as quickly as Foligno but he can quickly get back there next [...]Read More