Unlike Eric I’m a relatively green Amerks fan. While Eric has admirably supported the team for more than 3 decades I’ve spent less than a decade as a fan. I discovered the Amerks after moving to Rochester for college and I only became a season ticket holder in 2011. My interest in the team coincided with the discovery of accounting discrepancies involving then team owner Steve Donner. Countless changes resulted. An awkward dual affiliation with the Florida Panthers was signed along side the existing Buffalo Sabres affiliation. This dual affiliation coupled with continued financial woes resulted in the loss of the Buffalo Sabres affiliation. The Amerks were sold. The new owner, Curt Styres, bailed the team out of its financial situation and negotiated with the city of Rochester to keep the team in Rochester. The future looked brighter…for a moment. The lack of a local affiliation and the turmoil in ownership eroded the fan base. Moral among everyone–fans, players, and staff–was at an all time low. Even for a newer fan like myself the change in attitude was evident everywhere…from the parking garage to the arena. The eroding fan base led to an increase in promotions. So [...]Read More
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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”.
After a second frustrating trade deadline in a row, Eric Bourgeois and Jason Bonno discuss the Amerk playoff roster (who’s on it, who is not), playoff chances……..and Darcy Regier.
Eric: He was clearly very important to the team in many ways as its captain and is sorely missed. Good for him in getting NHL time, but I think he would have cleared waivers so that he could have played with us in the playoffs.
Jason: This was a tough blow to the Amerks. Porter’s speed and puck possession were elite at the AHL level, and are two things the Amerks severely lack currently. He was the backbone of the Amerks forwards. Beyond his offensive abilities, he was also responsible defensively and was a key PK’er. I can’t say 100%, but my guess is he would have cleared waivers. His 1-way deal next season was a nice security blanket and probably would have scared off teams from claiming him.
Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno
Eric: I’m okay with considering them “graduated” and therefore not eligible for the playoffs here, but boy does the Buffalo organization need some playoff experience for its young players. And it’s not like Hodgson [...]Read More
-Written by Jason Bonno
Buffalo Sabres management is failing the Rochester Americans. The season, which arrived amidst much hoopla with the NHL lockout, is starting to come off the rails by the middle of December, with apparently no help in sight. To the contrary, the positive is just that, it’s only the middle of December and there are 55 games remaining. However, one has to wonder if Sabres GM Darcy Regier and Kevin Devine, who oversees Amerks hockey operations, really have any pulse on what is happening to the Amerks – and if they do, do they care?
It didn’t start well on the injury front, with the Amerks losing Corey Tropp for the season during their very first game. Many fans hoped for a replacement player right away. That the Sabres management would recognize losing their top winger in the first game could be a devastating blow, especially in a league with so much talent. But nothing happened. It was understandable, especially when Brian Flynn capitalized on his new opportunity. He has, perhaps, become the Amerks’ best forward and arguably MVP to date.
However, it didn’t end there. As it seems to happen to every year to the Amerks, [...]Read More
I think it’s safe to say that just about every hockey player, fan and anyone in the media has HockeyDB set as one of their bookmarks or can type the name of the site faster than just about any other site. A few professional hockey players are trying to take a piece of that pie by developing an app for our smartphones with an expected release date before the season starts.
The project involves former Rochester Americans defensemen Kyle Hagel (a whopping 3 games), Dustin Sprout and Cam MacIntyre. Kyle Hagel reached out to me over the weekend to help spread the word and ask for feedback from others.
Here’s the description given about the application:
Shnarped is an iPhone application – created by three players that have recently played in the AHL – that will aggregate information (stats, news/blogs, videos, twitter) about all professional hockey players onto a player page. Players will have access to these profiles and will be able to customize them with unique content. It [...]Read More
After what seems like an eternity since last weekends road win in Binghamton the Amerks are finally back to action tonight against the Syracuse Crunch. On Saturday night they’ll take on the Toronto Marlies.
The last time the Amerks and Crunch played was October 25th when Amerks shutout the Crunch 3-0. That same game ended with a total of 54 minutes in penalties in the last 10 seconds of the game.
Rochester is currently tied for first place in the league with the Manchester Monarchs at 19 points. The team certainly does not take their eight game winning streak for granted and they’re certainly not acting over confident. That will be tested tonight when they play a Syracuse Crunch team that is short on players.
Derek MacKenzie and Alexandre Picard were called up this week by the Columbus Blue Jackets and center Jared Aulin is out of the lineup with a hand injury. Simon Ferguson was signed to a PTO by the Crunch to join the team for some needed help.
During the 2008/2009 season some teams seemed to take the Amerks lightly and the games were close, that’s something that could happen in reverse [...]Read More
The Florida Panthers booked Victor Oreskovich and Keaton Ellerby on a plane this morning to join the team in St Louis to increase the recent callups from the Rochester Americans to five players. Earlier in the week Kenndal McArdle, Michal Repik, and Jeff Taffe were called up.
Ellerby was called up to play in place of Bryan Allen who has not played consecutive nights as he recovers from his knee surgery. No idea if Allen is ever going to be 100% to play consecutive games this season. Keaton has been playing some great hockey lately, possibly his best since turning pro. He’s skating fast and smooth and controlling the puck as well. He’s stopping shots and clearing the puck without turning it over.
Oreskovich being called up was a bit of a surprise. He’s a great player and you’d never know watching him that he took two years off. Oreskovich had two assists in Saturday nights Amerks 4-2 win over the Binghamton Senators. He’s a hard hitting player who has great control of the puck once it’s on his stick.
No idea at this time who he’s being called up to replace, but it’s obvious the [...]Read More
The Amerks came into Friday night riding a seven game winning streak that started back on October 12th, two days after they were pretty much destroyed by Albany. When they left Binghamton on Friday night the Amerks extended the winning streak to eight games, the longest since early 2005.
A big concern coming into tonights game would be how the Amerks would do without Jeff Taffe, Michal Repik, and Kenndal McArdle out of the lineup. By the end of the first period it was clear this team was going to do just fine.
Once the final buzzer sounded it was great to see the team gather in their own end and congratulate each other. It was not a wild celebration in the oppositions barn but a way for all of them to say to each other great game. It’s still very early in the season but stay tuned, the chemistry in this team could be something special.
Just getting home from the trip, here’s my recap from the game:
The worst part of the game was early in the first when the Amerks were unable to do anything when they had a four minute power play [...]Read More
Updated 8:03pm… Finally home and in front of a computer. As posted earlier Taffe was called up to fill in for Dominic Moore who is undergoing nasal surgery. Moore is expected to be out for about a week and return next Wednesday Nov 4th.
Moore had his nose broken in last weeks game vs the Flyers and has been wearing a full cage.
Taffe was signed by the Panthers over the summer to a two year contract, the first year being two way and the second year one way. Taffe can play up to 10 games or 30 days before he’d have to clear waivers to be sent back down.
The Amerks play on the road Friday night against the Binghamton Senators. With Taffe flying out of town to john McArdle and Repik we’ll get to see what this Amerks team is capable of. A “championship” team should be able to play through injuries and call ups.
I’ll be there in [...]Read More
Kenndal McArdle was called up to the dance from the Amerks and played in Wednesday nights Florida Panthers vs Ottawa Senators game. McArdle is currently second in the American Hockey League in penalty minutes showing that he’s standing tall and willing to use his body to make a name for himself.
He did just that in the game tonight by dropping the gloves to fight Shean Donovan of the Ottawa Senators. It’s been talked about that the Panthers need some toughness and McArdle is showing he’s willing to give it a shot.
It wasn’t much of a fight but it’s further proof he’s putting everything on the line this season every chance he gets.
He apparently missed a couple of easy setups by Dominic Moore, but we can toss that to first game jitters. McArdle also had one shot and 4:12 in ice time.
Michal Repik also played and 6:07 in ice time and was a -1.
The Amerks travel to Buffalo to play the Portland Pirates on November 12th at HSBC Arena. The game is only about two weeks away. The Amerks are off to a HOT start and having a large group of fans there to support them would be a massive boost in morale for the team. It would also show off the excitement Rochester fans have for OUR TEAM.
UPDATED 11/6/2009 — I did not receive enough interest to make this happen in a short amount of time. Tickets are not selling very fast for the game so you can still pretty much get your pick of tickets. If you’re planning to go to the game get tickets in Section 106 which is right behind the Amerks bench to show them some support!!
I contacted the Buffalo Sabres about a possible group sale and tickets would be $20 each for 100 Level Preferred. We would try and get tickets behind the players bench. There would be NO ADDITIONAL SERVICE CHARGE. Simply $20 and that’s it.
YOU would be responsible for getting yourself to the game. There is no transportation involved. I’m not sure how much [...]Read More
The American Hockey League announced on Monday that Rochester Americans goaltender Alexander Salak has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 25, 2009. Salak made three starts in a 48-hour span over the weekend and won them all, stopping 88 of 91 shots for a 0.98 goals-against average and a .967 save percentage.
On Friday night, Salak turned aside 32 of 33 shots and was named the game’s first star in Rochester’s 2-1 victory at Albany. On Saturday, he finished with 22 saves as the Americans rallied for a 3-2 overtime win in Syracuse. And on Sunday evening, Salak was again selected as the number-one star of the game as he stopped all 34 Syracuse shots for his first career AHL shutout, a 3-0 decision over the Crunch.
In recognition of his achievement, Salak will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Americans home game.
Salak is now 5-0-0 with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage in six appearances for Rochester, helping the Amerks to a seven-game winning streak and an 8-1-1-0 record overall, good for first place in the North Division. The [...]Read More