Posts Tagged ‘Adirondack Phantoms’

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

David Leggio Leads the Amerks to a Second Straight Win

February 25, 2012 - By
David Leggio Leads the Amerks to a Second Straight Win

The Amerks are in need of a push to the playoffs and they gave themselves just that with their second win in a row on Friday night against the Adirondack Phantoms.  David Leggio played a superb game for his second shutout of the season with 27 saves.  There was also at least four or five additional saves given to the goal posts and crossbar.

The first period started getting physical with some extra shoves here and there following the whistles.  Jacob Lagace flattened Ben Holmstrom with a clean open ice hit.  Shortly after that Travis Turnbull and Ben Holmstrom shared a ‘friendly’ shoulder bump changing lines during a stoppage in play.  Matt Walker of the Phantoms also gave an extra shove on Luke Adam after a whistle.  Nothing else happened after those plays but both teams were proving they weren’t going to be pushed around.

Derek Whitmore scored the first goal and game winner at the 11 minute mark of the first period for his team leading 23rd goal of the season.  Joe Finley started the play with a long pass that bounced off of the stick of a Phantoms player and to Luke Adam.  Derek Whitmore was skating down the [...]Read More

Stuart Up; Brennan In; Devils Postgame; Phantoms Gameday

December 10, 2011 - By
Stuart Up; Brennan In; Devils Postgame; Phantoms Gameday

A handful of updates on the Rochester Americans on this sunny but cold Saturday afternoon.  The Amerks had their first shutout win of the season on Friday night against the Albany Devils winning 3-0.  They left last night after the game to head to Glens Falls where they’re playing the Adirondack Phantoms tonight at 7pm.

The biggest bits of news is that Colin Stuart was called up after the game last night due to Jochen Hecht being injured in Friday’s Sabres game.  Corey Tropp was also injured and now has a concussion so who knows when he’ll be healthy and sent back to Rochester.

TJ Brennan sent out a tweet saying that he feels well and will be back in the lineup for the Amerks tonight.  Ron Rolston had said that he didn’t expect him back this weekend but Brennan participated in full practice on Friday and appeared ready and apparently he is.  Have to love the power of Twitter for information being spread!

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Drew MacIntyre played an outstanding game making 40 saves on Friday night and I’m sure Rolston has a tough decision to make whether or not to start him again tonight or the day [...]Read More

Amerks Add Rob Bordson to the Lineup from Trenton; Gameday Notes

December 9, 2011 - By
Amerks Add Rob Bordson to the Lineup from Trenton; Gameday Notes

The Amerks have been in need of players and offense and they’ve acquired Rob Bordson on loan from the Trenton Titans in hopes he could be that guy.  Bordson is a 23yr old 2nd year pro who plays left wing.  In his short career he’s already been traded from the Ducks to the Flyers (along with Danny Syvret for David Laliberte and Patrick Maroon) and then to the Kings (was bundled in the Mike Richards trade).  The Kings didn’t offer him a qualifying contract this past summer at which pointed he signed in the fall with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL.

The Amerks will be losing a player, Paul Szczechura has been called up.  He was on the ice for the Amerks morning skate but it sounds like someone (maybe Gaustad?) isn’t ready to play in Buffalo.

(gameday notes below)

He’s player that was on the list that Ron Rolston had talked about on Thursday and they’re going to give him a look.  Rolston said he looks to have some skills up front that they need and that he’ll be playing.  Bordson has been putting up some numbers with Trenton scoring goals and making plays, two places this Amerks [...]Read More

Gameday: Collapse in Toronto; Amerks Back Home vs Adirondack

October 23, 2011 - By
Gameday: Collapse in Toronto; Amerks Back Home vs Adirondack

A wonderful Sunday evening game ahead of us, the third game in three nights for the Rochester Americans and Adirondack Phantoms.  The Amerks had a third period collapse on Saturday afternoon that resulted in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies.  It’s a game that the team knows inside they they squandered but at the same time they’re already focusing on the game today.

The Phantoms were in Portland on Friday where they won 3-0 and then lost 5-2 in Albany on Saturday night.

Marcus Foligno will be back on the ice after serving his two game suspension.  Chris Clackson was sent back to the Gwinnett Gladiators after filling in on the roster.

It’ll be interesting to see what this young team looks like on the ice today.  Sunday games in the AHL are typically snoozefests between tired teams.  The Amerks didn’t play into Saturday night so other than fatigue from the game they were able to get a good nights sleep in their own homes.

They worked hard to come from behind on Friday night before losing in the skills competition (shootout) and then the late game collapse yesterday so they should be fired up and ready to [...]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

Nylander Leads Amerks to a 5-2 Win Over the Phantoms

October 18, 2010 - By
Nylander Leads Amerks to a 5-2 Win Over the Phantoms

Ahh it’s been a while.. after a few weeks absent from the rink I was finally able to make it to an Amerks game and was treated to a nice 5-2 win over the Adirondack Phantoms.  Michael Nylander led the way with two goals and two assists in the game.

Even though I missed the home opener, this was the first game of the season for myself so it was great to see some hockey again, get a cold Genny Light from the Blue Zone and watch the kids play knee hockey behind section 127.

Michael Duco scored first at 17:07 of the first period just after a power play opportunity ended.  A lot of people in the crowd were yelling the typical “shoooooot it” but patience paid off when Duco shot in a rebound for his second goal of the season.  There weren’t that many chances for a shot but the puck possession paid off.

Interesting little scrap early in the second period when Matt Clackson (brother of Amerks forward Chris Clackson) cross checked Triston Grant to the ice in front of the Phantoms net.  Referee Terry Koharski had his arm raised to make the call on Clackson before [...]Read More

Amerks Opened March with 5-2 Win Over Phantoms

March 6, 2010 - By

The Amerks opened the month of March with a 5-2 road win over the Phantoms, four of those goals were scored in the third period.  David Laliberte tied the game 2-2 at 9:55 of the third period off of a horrible defensive zone giveaway by Rory Fitzpatrick.  The most impressive part of the game was that after that goal was scored to tie it up the team did not appear to lose confidence but instead took control and scored three more goals to win the game.

Evgeny Dadonov and Michal Repik each scored two goals and Chris Taylor had three assists.

I did not have time to write a complete postgame report so the press release about the game is below.

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2010


(Rochester, NY)… Michal Repik and Evgeny Dadonov each scored two goals and added an assist as the Rochester Americans skated past the Adirondack Phantoms for a 5-2 win tonight at the Glens Falls Civic Center. With the win, Rochester (37-26-2-0, 72 points) has now won two straight and four of its last five to remain in a second-place tie in the North Division with [...]Read More

Lousy Special Teams Leads Amerks to 3-1 Loss

February 10, 2010 - By

The Amerks played another what looked like uninspired game on Wednesday night in their 3-1 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms.  Something needs to change.  Obviously Benoit Groulxs talk on the ice at practice on Tuesday had no effect on the team.  The penalty kill was horrible.  The power play was horrible.  The passing was weak.  There was no real offensive threat.

The Phantoms were 2/4 on their power play and the Amerks went 0/3.  It’s impressive watching other teams on a penalty kill box out the Rochester Americans and don’t give them anything to work with.  On the other end of the ice the penalty kill is all over the place.

If the players can’t motivate themselves and the coach can’t seem to motivate the players, who’s job is it?  If the players and coaches don’t have an answer about the reason for the poor play than who does?  One persons name that is being talked about around town is Ted Nolan.  Everyone knows his experience.  Is that really his place?  No idea, but nothing else is working so what could it really hurt if he spoke up?

Michal Repik was the lone goal scorer for [...]Read More

Gameday: Amerks at Adirondack Phantoms 7pm

February 10, 2010 - By

There’s less than 30 games remaining in the regular season for most of the teams in the American Hockey League and the push for the playoffs is really going to start picking up.  The Rochester Americans travel to Glens Falls to take on the Adirondack Phantoms tonight at 7pm EST for the third meeting of the season between these two teams.  The last time Rochester faced an Adirondack-based AHL team (on the road)  was during the 1998-99 season against the Adirondack Red Wings before the team ceased operations

The Amerks have won both games this season (3-1 on Jan 24th and 2-1 on Jan 31st) against the Phantoms.  Neither game was one where either team ran away with the game to a clear win so this should be a competitive game.

The Amerks had what seemed like a good practice on Tuesday and then traveled to Glens Falls so they could have another gameday skate this morning.  Travel and practice time should not be an issue, this team should be ready to play a solid game.

Rochester will be without Victor Oreskovich and Brady Calla in the lineup.  Oreskovich was called up to the [...]Read More

Gameday: 5pm Start for Amerks at Home vs Phantoms

January 31, 2010 - By

The Adirondack Phantoms return to Rochester for the second Sunday in a row to face off against the Rochester Americans.  Last week Michal Repik and Jamie Johnson led the Amerks to a 3-1 win over the Phantoms.

Both teams are 1-1 so far this weekend.  The Amerks lost on Friday to the Rats but rebounded to win over the Marlies on Saturday.  The Phantoms defeated the Senators on Friday and then lost Saturday to the Norfolk Admirals.

A win for Rochester on Sunday and the Amerks would equal their win total from last season with 33 games still remaining on the schedule.  Sometimes it’s tough to remember how much the team has improved over the past two dismal seasons.

The Amerks are 5-2 in their last seven games and 6-4 in the last ten.

Jamie Johnson is one goal away from becoming the Amerks first 20 goal scorer for the season.  The past few seasons it took nearly 80 games to get one 20 goal scorer.

Tyler Plante got the shutout in Toronto on Saturday, will be interesting to see if he earned a second straight start or if Salak goes back in net on [...]Read More

Rats Win Big Against the Amerks; Only the Third Game

October 11, 2009 - By

The easiest thing to do is just say it, the Amerks were destroyed in Albany on Saturday night.  They were slow, they were rarely able to generate consistent offense, and they looked tired.  There’s no excuses.

The team should have been going off the momentum of Friday nights win and carried into Saturday.  Instead it looked like they left the momentum in the locker room on Friday night and forgot to bring it to Albany.

The final score was 6-1, two goals by Albany were scored on the power play and one was scored short handed.  The Amerks were assessed a total of 30 minutes in penalties and gave the opposition eight power play opportunities for the second time in as many nights.

Tyler Plante was pulled from net five minutes into the second period after the Rats went up 3-0 in the game, he stopped 10 of 13 shots.  Alexander Salak played in his first game as an Amerk and stopped 12 of 15 shots faced.

The goalies allowed six goals but they were not to blame for this game.

Mike York had a few decent scoring opportunities but without any help on his line [...]Read More