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.

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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

Amerks Steal Shootout Win from the Marlies (with shootout video)

March 4, 2012 - By
Amerks Steal Shootout Win from the Marlies (with shootout video)

After a Friday night loss on the road against the Grand Rapids Griffins the Amerks completed the unexpected, two straight wins over the division leading Toronto Marlies.  They were able to hold on to a 2-1 lead on Saturday evening in Toronto and then battle back from a 2-0 deficit on Sunday night to eventually win in the shootout.

The Marlies went up 2-0 but never had complete control of the game where anyone should have thought that it was over.  Philippe Dupuis was given credit for the first Marlies goal even though credit should go to Alex Biega and Luke Adam.  Adam had tried to put the puck into the pads of Leggio for it to be covered up and when that didn’t work out Biega tried to clear it but it went into the net.  The second goal for the Marlies was scored by Nazem Kadri on a fast break down the ice after Paul Szczechura had been hit in the face with a high stick.  Neither of the ref’s saw the high stick and the Marlies scored on the break down the ice that followed.

TJ Brennan blasted home a shot with six seconds left in the [...]Read More

Amerks Look for Back to Back Wins vs Marlies; MacKenzie Up from Gwinnett

March 4, 2012 - By
Amerks Look for Back to Back Wins vs Marlies; MacKenzie Up from Gwinnett

The Amerks are back at home tonight at 6:05pm against the Toronto Marlies for the second of a home and home series.  The Amerks beat the Marlies 2-1 on Saturday afternoon in Toronto, Paul Szczechura scored the game winning goal at 8:57 of the third period on the power play.  Brayden McNabb passed the puck to Szczechura at the Amerks blue line and Szczechura went straight down the ice past three Marlies to score on the breakaway.  David Leggio had 21 saves in the win.  Evan Rankin had scored the first goal for the Amerks when he was parked in front of the Marlies net and put away a rebound off a shot that Phil Varone took.

Ron Rolston told the D&C:

“We were putting pressure on them (on the previous power plays) and didn’t get a lot of great looks,” Amerks coach Ron Rolston said. “(On the goal) we got a breakout and on the entry we got the puck in middle. It was a great individual effort by Paul. Just what we needed to get us a win tonight.”

Marcus Foligno was called up on Saturday afternoon by the Sabres as an extra forward in Vancouver, he [...]Read More

Four Teams Make Moves Around The AHL

March 3, 2012 - By
Four Teams Make Moves Around The AHL

The deadline is Monday at 3pm for American Hockey League teams and their parent clubs in the NHL to make deals and four teams have already done so.  The four teams are the St Johns IceCaps, Portland Pirates, Peoria Rivermen and Texas Stars.

Stay tuned to see if the Sabres and/or Ron Rolston think that any moves are needed to help the Amerks down the final stretch.  The Sabres are likely listening closely to what Rolston has to say and working with him as needed.  Chris Roy of the Maine Hockey Journal wrote on Facebook, “As much as Portland folks loved the Sabres organization, they were never proactive about Portland.”  This Amerks team has had needs since prior to training camp starting but nothing was ever done.  Any moves made now that can help down the stretch would be accepted but the hope is that it won’t be too little too late.

Here’s the moves so far:

The Winnipeg Jets have assigned Peter Mannino and Kenndal McArdle from the St John’s IceCaps to the Portland Pirates.

The Phoenix Coyotes have assigned Brock Trotter from the Portland Pirates to the IceCaps.

The Jets also assigned forward Michael Forney and the IceCaps [...]Read More