Posts Tagged ‘Abbotsford Heat’

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 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.

April 3, 2012


(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

2012 AHL Western Conference Playoff Race and Projections

February 16, 2012 - By

This post will be updated daily and can be easily found on the right sidebar of the site at any time.

Updated: Updated through 4/13/2012

If the Amerks WIN in regulation/OT in Cleveland they clinch a playoff berth as long as Houston doesn’t win both of their games in regulation/OT by as of now 10+ goals. If we just win in shootout, we’d need Houston to not win both games in regulation/OT OR for (Milwaukee OR Charlotte) not to BOTH get 3/4 points. Could have to wait until Sunday night for final confirmation.

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* Projected Division Winners – Automatic Playoff Spot/Top Seed

Amerks Highlights from 3-0 Win Over the Heat on February 2

February 6, 2012 - By
Amerks Highlights from 3-0 Win Over the Heat on February 2

The Amerks started the month of February on a good note with a 3-0 win over the Abbotsford Heat on February 2nd.  For a full recap of the two games against the Heat you can read that here.

Goaltender David Leggio also debuted his new mask at this game, you can read about that here.

Thanks to YouTube and forums user Disengage for recording these to share.

Nick Crawford opens the scoring against the Abbotsford Heat. Assist to Marcus Foligno.

Joe Finley fights Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond after boarding Brayden McNabb.

Phil Varone scores a shorthanded goal assisted by Marcus Foligno

David Leggio makes a save on a shorthanded breakaway by Carter Bancks

Travis Turnbull scores on a rebound for the Amerks’ first power play goal in 31 attempts. Assists to Brayden McNabb and Paul Szczechura

Leggio Earns the Amerks 3 out of 4 Points Against the Heat

February 4, 2012 - By
Leggio Earns the Amerks 3 out of 4 Points Against the Heat

We’re now in the month of February and this is the time of the season that teams make a push for the playoffs and determine how they’ll be able to play once in the playoffs.  The NHL trade deadline is Monday February 27, 2012, just over three weeks away.  There’s one position that the Amerks have started to gain some consistency and that’s in goaltender David Leggio.  In two games he earned a shutout, overtime loss and combined 62 saves.  Leggio had an outstanding 33 save shutout on Thursday night and then two of the three goals scored against him on Friday night were the result of the puck being redirected, can’t really blame the goalie on those.  Now if only the Amerks could get healthy and possibly add a real scorer this team could start to make a better run.

The Amerks gained three out of four possible points in the standings so far this week which is acceptable looking at it that way.  The Amerks started the night three points behind the Marlies but the Marlies beat the Crunch and increased the lead to four.  Both teams have played 46 games.

In Thursdays game the Amerks looked like [...]Read More

The Hockey News Ranks Amerks to be 4th in the West

October 6, 2011 - By
The Hockey News Ranks Amerks to be 4th in the West

The Hockey News has published it’s preview of the American Hockey League’s 2011/2012 season and the Rochester Americans are ranked 4th in the West and based on those predictions would win the North Division.  The rankings were put together by the D&C’s Kevin Oklobzija.

Thanks to Admirals Roundtable for the rankings.  Looking back at the 2010/2011 rankings Ryan from Admirals Roundtable wrote this:

– The Calder Cup finalists were ranked 16th and 27th overall.
– The division winners were ranked 19th, 3rd, 14th, and 18th.
– Four of their top 10 didn’t make the playoffs (Chicago, Worcester, San Antonio, Grand Rapids)

It’s that time of year where everyone makes predictions just because it’s the thing to do.  Everyone knows (or should know) that a season can change in a matter of weeks due to injuries, call ups, trades and even a group of players not living up to their expectations.

Here’s the rankings:

East (first to last): Hershey Bears, W-B/Scranton Penguins, Portland Pirates, Springfield Falcons, Manchester Monarchs, Syracuse Crunch, Worcester Sharks, Connecticut Whale, Binghamton Senators, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, St John’s Icecaps, Albany Devils, Norfolk Admirals, Providence Bruins, Adirondack Phantoms

West (first to last): Charlotte Checkers, Peoria Rivermen, Chicago Wolves, [...]Read More

David Shantz and the Heat Had More Fun and Less to Lose

April 28, 2010 - By

When the Florida Panthers told goalie David Shantz that he was not part of their plans at the end of last season who could have imagined he would be the goalie the Amerks would lose to.  During the 2008/2009 season Shantz was sent off the ECHL and at that point with his contract expiring he knew it would be the end of the line but he knew he’d find a job somewhere.

“We didnt have anything to lose,” David Shantz said.  “The last three games the pressure was off.  Down 3-1, the pressure’s not on us, it’s the truth. I think we were a little more looser.”

The Heat were the underdog in the series, a team has never come back from being down 3-1 in a series in the AHL.  Shantz said that they were able to go out there and just go for it.  There was no pressure on the team that was going on the road for the final two games of the series.

Fun.  There you go.  Something the Amerks did not seem to have a lot of.  It rarely looked like this team was having fun once the month of November ended.

When asked if [...]Read More

History Was Made, Amerks Squandered a 3-1 Series Lead

April 28, 2010 - By

Well, at least we witnessed history at Blue Cross Arena on Tuesday night.  For the first time ever in American Hockey League history a team that had a 3-1 lead in the series go on to lose games 6 and 7 at home and blow the series.  The Amerks were not able to get anything going in game seven and it showed on the ice in the 2-0 loss.  It also could very well have been the first time a team has ever blown a 3-1 series lead and the opposing goalie earned a shutout in game seven.

With 9:55 left on the clock in the third period Tyler Plante approached the bench and started yelling at the team to battle hard and keep working to get it done.  No one responded.

The loudest cheer of the night from the crowd was when the Amerks recorded only their seventh shot in goal in the second period followed by the eighth shortly after that.  Pretty sad when the crowd is cheering for simple shots on the net.  The Amerks only had THREE in the first period.

Amerks head coach Benoit Groulx thought it was a great idea to go for speed [...]Read More

Getting Through a Game 7 and Two Updates

April 27, 2010 - By

Every hardcore hockey fan in Rochester right now probably has the game on their mind tonight.  There’s a great article linked below that describes the feelings leading up to a game 7, even if it’s only the first round.

Two updates from Kevin Oklobzija at Hockey O-Zone, Rory Fitzpatrick is playing and Kevin says he was told that Graham Mink is not playing.  No real known reason why.  Is he hurt?  Family issues?  Benoit Groulx playing tricks on the Heat?  We’ll have to wait until warmups or even later to find out.

Check out this great article from Paul Kukla on about Getting Through a Game 7, here’s an excerpt:

You may be at work or in school right now, but no way are you really at work or at school. Physically your body is there; mentally, you may be thinking how the first 10 minutes of the game will play out. You may be wondering if your team ever will score a key goal or make that one stop that will decide the game. Whatever it is you are doing, chances are they are not work- or school-related, but I understand. How can you think of anything [...]Read More

Gameday: Time for a Legendary Game 7 for the Amerks

April 27, 2010 - By

In the words of Barney Stinson, it’s time to suit up and prepare for a legendary night.

It’s all on the line tonight for the Rochester Americans in game seven against the Abbotsford Heat.  The winner starts preparing for the Hamilton Bulldogs, the loser reserves a tee time.  We know the Amerks can defeat this team and they have to do it again tonight.

The game on Sunday was not something to be proud of but it’s in the past.  It’s time to get excited again.  The Amerks have home ice advantage and get to play the last game of the series in their barn, on their rink.  Tell your family, friends, neighbors and keep the kids out late on a school night and get to the game.  To steal the line from the NHL commercials, history will be made.  Time to send the Heat home packing and start preparing for the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Of course for that to happen the Amerks need a hero.  It could be someone who’s done it before, a Chris Taylor, Jamie Johnson, Jeff Taffe, Graham Mink or Mike York.  Keaton Ellerby could step up and make everyone forget about his past mistakes.  Jordan Henry [...]Read More