Posts Tagged ‘Americans’

Playoffs are a real possibility

January 6, 2017 - By
Playoffs are a real possibility

Happy New Year! I’d like to start 2017 off with some optimism.

Because I didn’t pay attention this summer… I just learned a couple of weeks ago there was no crossover rule for playoff seeding this season (where if the 5th place team in the other division in our conference has more points than the 4th place team in our division they bump them). THIS… combined with a very good last week of 2016 has completely changed our playoff chances.

A quick look at the current standings shows the Amerks trailing Toronto by 1 point for the 4th and final playoff spot in the North Division, although the Marlies do have a game in hand. We play Toronto a whopping SEVEN times more this season, including tonight and 3 other times this month alone. Staying ahead of them along with Utica and Bingo is our ticket in. CURRENT STANDINGS

As always in the second half of the season, this will become your best friend for gauging playoff probabilities: http://www.sportsclubstats.com/hockey/USA/AHL/Rochester.html
A scenario of a 23-18-2 finish to the season would give us better than an 80% chance of making it. Now, if Toronto were to catch on [...]Read More

Season 61 – Preview

October 13, 2016 - By
Season 61 – Preview

(10/13 PM Update)

For the third summer in the last 4 years, the Amerks roster looks good…ON PAPER.  “Blah Blah Blah”, “Yeah, whatever”, and “So what”.  I hear you, guys.  But it’s October – so I’m going to put on my hopeful and optimistic mask for the time being.

I was excited about Cunneyworth returning last season and being joined by Paul Fixter. That clearly didn’t work out and an encouraging clean sweep of the coaching staff was made, resulting in a planned move of Dan Lambert becoming head coach.  I REALLY like this guy.  I’ve said before that the last time a rookie head coach replaced a Hall of Fame head coach we won the cup – with Torts replacing Boxie in 1996.  I feel like Lambert is a straight shooter and has a desire to win here.  I’m just as excited about the assistants.  Brad Tapper seems like a no-nonsense guy who understands that competing for a Calder Cup is still important and Chuck Weber was a head coach I liked here in 2010-2011 and with a little roster luck might have won here that season.   I think we’ve needed more fire from our coaching staff and these [...]Read More

Time flies regardless

October 4, 2016 - By
Time flies regardless

5 seasons have passed since the Sabres purchased and re-affiliated with the Amerks.  While the on-ice product has been mostly miserable and sometimes embarrassing this last half-decade, there have been some players I’ve enjoyed watching here over that time period.  Here are 10 (and why) in no particular order:

  1.  Freddie Roy – A throwback to the 80’s and 90’s type of Amerk.  Played like he was a foot taller than he was.  I said no order but he is #1…and its not even close.  #Roychester
  2. Travis Turnbull – Missing a lot from this time period was passion…not the case here.  Frozen in my memory is Turnbull, after winning a spirited scrap, WWE’ing a WHOOO and pumping his fist to the crowd.  Not sure why he wasn’t given more of an NHL looksie – could do it all really.
  3. Derek Whitmore – Local boy proud to wear the crest.  Could put the puck in the net, too, which is incredibly rare here in recent years.  Another local player may want to listen to a few of Whitmore’s interviews. #Pride  #Respect
  4. Matt Mackenzie – Criminally underrated defensive Dman at this level as evidenced by a team leading +11 in 2013-2014….and I don’t [...]Read More

Amerks 60th begins

October 8, 2015 - By
Amerks 60th begins

Typically, I don’t consider a hockey season to be a success unless the team gets out of the first round.  Sometimes that’s a reasonable goal and sometimes it’s not.  This season with the Amerks, it’s not only completely reasonable, but it may be a low expectation.  In fact, anything other than getting out of the first round should be considered a complete failure.

 

There are three main reasons for this opinion:

 

  1. Hockey is measured by winning in the playoffs. And this is the 2nd best league in North America and one of the best leagues in the world.  The Amerks are the 8th oldest professional hockey team in North America and one of the most storied hockey franchises in the world.  So, those who want to focus only a prospect development might not like this  – but too bad.

 

  1. It’s the Amerks 60th anniversary season AND it’s been 10 years without a playoff series win.

 

  1. No expense was spared in bringing in high level AHL talent this season. For example, Cal O’Reilly is being paid $700k to play here.

 

 

What I really want is a new [...]Read More

The Tank is over….and in Rochester….shouldn’t have ever been

April 17, 2015 - By
The Tank is over….and in Rochester….shouldn’t have ever been

This wasn’t a fun season.  The Buffalo Sabres tanking negatively affected the Amerks roster and as a result we had to suffer through a plethora of meaningless games down the stretch.  And…..no playoffs.  Again.  So, this will be the 10th consecutive season our beloved Amerks don’t get out of the first round and the 5th time in that same stretch that we don’t get to see any playoff games at all.

For most hockey fans – playoffs are what matters…and if you’re an Amerks hockey fan who followed the team in the 60’s or the 80’s&90’s – well, this is just intolerable right now.   AAA hockey is not like AAA baseball where winning is minimized.  In baseball, rosters expand for the big club before the season is even over.  In hockey – they freeze.  In baseball, the season ends a month earlier.  In hockey – it goes later.  Hockey IS playoffs.  And Amerks hockey even moreso.  It is built into the soul of the franchise.  Those banners over the ice and in the Hall of Fame upper atrium area shouldn’t be decorations – they should be the mission.

I am of the opinion that the Amerks didn’t need to be [...]Read More

Video: Frozen Frontier Shootout (Amerks vs. Monsters)

December 14, 2013 - By


If you missed last night’s game at Frozen Frontier, you missed a magical event. It was cold. It was snowy. It was the perfect setting for a winter classic. The Amerks almost etched out a 4-3 win but the Monsters managed to tie it all up with 1/10th of a second remaining in the 3rd period. After an uneventful overtime period the game was decided in a shootout. Ultimately the Amerks prevailed and won Frozen Frontier!

Eric Bourgeois adds “Major kudos need to be given to the Amerk front office for collaborating with several partners to organize and make this game possible. The amazing atmosphere of this game is a shining moment for this storied franchise – and ideally will spark the team on and off the ice. A sincere thank you to all involved”.

About The Author
Chris Schiffner is a New Yorker turned Rochestarian who loves the Amerks, is passionate about the success and development of Downtown Rochester, and celebrates all things local. He maintains a blog at Schiffner.com. You can find him on Twitter at @ChrisSchiffner.