Sabres Signed Nathan Lieuwen to Entry Level Contract

May 9, 2012 - By
Sabres Signed Nathan Lieuwen to Entry Level Contract

A few days late but up for anyone who missed it and archive purpose.  As of right now, the Sabres have Nathan Lieuwen and Connor Knapp under contract for the minor leagues.  David Leggio and Drew MacIntyre are unrestricted free agents.

You can always click on roster at the top of the site to get a list of players currently under contract.  This isn’t speculation of who may or may not return, it’s players signed.  http://www.letsgoamerks.com/roster/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5, 2012

SABRES SIGN GOALTENDER LIEUWEN TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

(Rochester, NY)… Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the team has signed goaltender Nathan Lieuwen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Lieuwen (6’5”, 189 lbs., 8/8/91) finished the 2011-12 season ranked third among all Western Hockey League goaltenders with a 2.50 goals against average and ranked fifth with a .914 save percentage. In his second season as the starting goaltender for the Kootenay Ice, Lieuwen went 27-20-6-2 with three shutouts.

In parts of five WHL seasons with Kootenay, Lieuwen posted a regular season record of 85-59-8-7. He backstopped the Ice to a Memorial Cup Championship in 2010-11, earning WHL Playoff MVP honors after going 16-2-1 with a 2.24 [...]Read More

The Morning After: Fan Support Returned but A Let Down of a Season

April 24, 2012 - By
The Morning After: Fan Support Returned but A Let Down of a Season

Battled. Potential. Disappointed. Those are three words to describe the 2011/2012 Rochester Americans season and in the end what was dubbed “Sabres University” was a big let down. It was a fun season at times but it was far from a great season.

It was a miracle the team found a way to make it into the playoffs (thanks for the most part to the overtime point) but no one should accept that and be happy.  If the team would have missed the playoffs the easy excuse would be that all of the call ups and injuries throughout the season had a major impact but they found a way in and they were dominated by the Toronto Marlies, a team with more talent and depth.

There were a few positives to the season.  The Buffalo Sabres buying the Rochester Americans brought back long term stability to the franchise.  The previous ownership group was never in a position where they were ready to move the team or end the team but they had an uphill battle and they did the right thing selling to the Sabres.  The new ownership also recognized the need to rebuild the fan base which they quickly [...]Read More

That was It. Marlies Dominate and Sweep the Amerks. Season Over.

April 24, 2012 - By
That was It. Marlies Dominate and Sweep the Amerks. Season Over.

It’s time to be honest for a moment and simply say that game stunk.  The Toronto Marlies swept the Rochester Americans in three games to advance to the second round of the playoffs.  The series was a dominating performance by the Marlies that just completely exposed the faults of the Rochester Americans roster, especially in game three.  The Marlies scored three goals and shut the Amerks out, the first game out of 13 played that was decided by more than one goal.

The Amerks had heart and gave it there all but the Marlies had more talent and it showed.

(Photo by David Sturm, view more here)

The highlight of the game was the crowd of 7,118 at the War Memorial, the largest crowd for a first round playoff game in Rochester since April 13, 1990.  It’s unfortunate the Marlies took control of the game early and took the crowd out of the game.

Philippe Dupuis scored the game winning goal at 3:59 of the first period with a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Leggio.

Mike Zigomanis sent a pass to Jerry D’Amigo in the slot who scored off a one timer to put the Marlies up [...]Read More

This is it. Time for an Amerks Winning Streak

April 23, 2012 - By
This is it. Time for an Amerks Winning Streak

This is it.  That’s been a common theme throughout the 2011/2012 season for the Rochester Americans in needing to find ways to turn the season around and stay alive.  At times when they’ve seemed down and out they’ve found a way to rebound and win some games.  Can they find a way to go on a three game winning streak?  The odds are against them being down by two games in a best of five series but we should expect a decent hockey game Monday night at the War Memorial.

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

As of Monday morning it looks like there’ll probably be a crowd of over 5,000 which is pretty impressive for a first round playoff series, a round that typically has some low attendance all around the league.  The crowds were small in the first round of the 2010 playoff series.  They were small in 2007 as well.  Even back in the lock out year the second home playoff game had 5,817 attend on a Friday.  It helps to have cheaper tickets this season and also being owned by the Buffalo Sabres means a push by the Sabres to [...]Read More

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: http://bit.ly/rkniLy

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!

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/AmerksHockey/status/192713221130567680″]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2012

GAMES 1 AND 2 OF AMERKS-MARLIES SERIES TO BE TELEVISED ON TIME WARNER CABLE SPORTSNET

(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

https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/go.htmI?l=EN&t=marlies&o=13675785&g=3053

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 AHLLIve.com for the feed.  You can also listen on WHTK 1280AM.