Posts Tagged ‘Binghamton Senators’

Binghamton Senators at Rochester Amerks October 16th Highlights

October 19, 2012 - By

The Binghamton Senators head to Rochester for their first of 8 meetings against the Amerks. The Senators would dictate play all 60 minutes as David Leggio attempted to keep the Amerks in the game with Robin Lehner stopped 32 of 33 shots, most of which being routine saves. Zemgus Girgensons recorded his first point as a professional, an assist on Kevin Porter’s goal. The loss put the Amerks at 1-2-0 on the season.

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

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

Video Highlights of Amerks 3-1 Win Over the Senators

March 10, 2012 - By
Video Highlights of Amerks 3-1 Win Over the Senators

The Amerks need every win they can get and continued to do that on Friday night with a 3-1 win over the Binghamton Senators to move into eighth place, at least for the time being.  Paul Szczechura, Luke Adam and Derek Whitmore are three players the Amerks need to rely on for scoring and they did just that scoring Friday night for the win.

There’s 16 regular season games left and every game and every point counts with only six points separating 3rd place and 11th place in the Western Conference.  The same two teams play again tonight and even though the Binghamton Senators are in last place they are not a team to be taken for granted.  As long as the Amerks play the same way they did on Friday night they should finish the weekend with four points.

Thanks again to Kevin Wright / Disengage for capturing and uploading the videos!

Here’s the highlights:

Travis Turnbull and Mark Borowiecki drop the mitts in the first period of the game between the Rochester Amerks and the Binghamton Senators.

Mike Hoffman collides with David Leggio and the net in the first period of the game between the Rochester Amerks and Binghamton Senators.

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Varone and Leggio Lead Amerks to 3-2 Win Over B-Sens

January 8, 2012 - By
Varone and Leggio Lead Amerks to 3-2 Win Over B-Sens

Sounds like the game came down to the final moments on Saturday night when the Amerks defeated the defending Calder Cup Champion Binghamton Senators.  I was not able to see or listen to the game so here’s the press release below…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2011

VARONE, LEGGIO POWER AMERKS TO 3-2 WIN OVER B-SENS

(Rochester, NY)… Rochester Americans rookie forward Phil Varone scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and David Leggio made a season-high 44 saves to power the Amerks to a 3-2 win over the defending Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators tonight at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The win improves Rochester (15-13-4-2) to 3-1-0-0 this season against the B-Sens as it has now collected points in six of its last seven games.

The two-goal effort was the first multi-goal game for Varone, who also extended his point streak to six games. The game also featured the return of forward Zack Kassian and defenseman T.J. Brennan, who were reassigned to Rochester earlier this morning. Kassian made an immediate impact in his first game back in the lineup, assisting on Varone’s first goal of the game and finishing with a +1 rating.

Andre Petersson (1+1) [...]Read More

Gameday: Maturing Amerks Hit the Road Again; Morrisonn and Tropp Return

January 6, 2012 - By
Gameday: Maturing Amerks Hit the Road Again; Morrisonn and Tropp Return

The Amerks hit the road again for the start of a busy almost second half of the season.  They’ll be playing three games in three nights starting tonight against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and then Binghamton Senators and then closing out the weekend against the Hershey Bears on Sunday.  The team will play every Friday and Saturday night until April 6th which is the second to last weekend of the season.  This will also be one of five sets of three games in three nights to finish the season.

Last weekend the Amerks ended the year one point behind the Toronto Marlies for first place in the division and here we are a week later and the Amerks are now six points behind them and ninth place in the conference.  It’s not October or November anymore, this is the time of season when points start to have a lot more meaning when it comes to the playoffs.  There are 43 games remaining and there’s only four points separating the Amerks from where they are in ninth place to the Hamilton Bulldogs in 13th.

The Rochester Americans have been maturing as the season goes on which is great instead of a quick [...]Read More

Amerks Power Play Was Key to Win Over Senators

November 12, 2011 - By
Amerks Power Play Was Key to Win Over Senators

In my 5 Reasons to go to the Amerks game on Friday night I said one of the reasons was the power play (or lack of) and that the 0 for 26 drought was bound to end and that it did on Friday night.  After 27 failed power play opportunities the Amerks finally connected not once but twice during the game.  The second goal of the game and first of two power play goals was scored by Zack Kassian which was the game winner.

The first period saw Binghamton have control for much of the period not giving the Amerks much room at all to create chances.  The box score says that the Amerks had eight shots on goal, only a couple of them were quality.

Andre Petersson put the Senators on the scoreboard first scoring late in the first period on the power play.  He received a pass from Mike Hoffman, skated about five feet and snapped a quick wrist shot high glove side past Drew MacIntyre.  That would be the only goal of the game though for Binghamton.

Derek Whitmore scored at 3:44 of the second period to tie the game at one.  Mark Voakes redirected the [...]Read More

5 Reasons To Attend The Amerks vs Senators Game Tonight

November 11, 2011 - By
5 Reasons To Attend The Amerks vs Senators Game Tonight

The Rochester Americans are back on home ice this weekend for games against the Binghamton Senators and Grand Rapids Griffins.  Below is a list of five reasons I’ve put together that you should go to the game or encourage others to go.

Based on the current rotation of goaltenders it’s likely that Drew MacIntyre will get the start in net.  That’s the pattern Rolston has been going with and hasn’t shown any signs of it stopping.  Two quick injury updates: There’s hope that Michael Ryan will be back within the next two weeks.  Dennis Persson is still a few weeks out with an ankle injury.

Here’s those 5 reasons:

5. The Amerks power play.

This is likely an odd reason since they have not scored in the past 26 power play opportunities, a skid that everyone (coaches, players and fans) wants to end.  So it’s a good game to attend to help support the special teams and cheer them on to success.

I talked to Ron Rolston, Zack Kassian and Paul Szczechura after practice on Thursday morning about the power play and they all said the same things.  They need to shoot the puck and create chances.  They can’t continue [...]Read More

Amerks Fast Start Leads to Win Over Sens; Tonight at Crunch

November 5, 2011 - By
Amerks Fast Start Leads to Win Over Sens; Tonight at Crunch

The Amerks are in Syracuse tonight coming off of a 3-2 win over the Senators in front of a sold out crowd in Binghamton.  They did something in this game they haven’t done yet this season, got off to a fast start with some early goals and then were able to hold on to the game.  Paul Szczechura had an early impact assisting on Kassian’s first goal of the game.  The Amerks recap of the game is below, I was not able to see or listen to any of the game so I can’t offer much more.

From the Democrat and Chronicle:

“We’ve been trying to focus on that our last couple of games, (fast start)” Rochester coach Ron Rolston said. “We played here last weekend and got down and wanted to come out with a good start. We had to make sure we had energy at the start of the game to create the tempo and get momentum for our team.”

Center Paul Szczechura picked up an assist on Kassian’s goal in his first shift of the season after returning from knee surgery.

“I was a little nervous going in and didn’t know what to expect but it [...]Read More

B-Sens Highlights from Last Saturday’s Win Over the Amerks

November 1, 2011 - By
B-Sens Highlights from Last Saturday’s Win Over the Amerks

If few saw it, does it really count?  Well, it does now with these highlights of the Binghamton Senators defeating the Rochester Americans.  The Amerks lost their fifth straight game last Saturday night in Binghamton.  I just noticed I never wrote a postgame report, here’s a little something with video highlights courtesy of the B-Sens.  The Amerks came out flat and paid the price.  Binghamton is missing players just as much as the Amerks so the only excuse was that Binghamton had more talent.

There’s one common trend of goals scored against the Amerks, the opposition is splitting the defense or getting fast breaks.  That brings up the question, who’s doing what wrong?  Lack of communication?  Skill?  Goaltending not making big saves?  Time will tell.

Here’s the Amerks press release with a recap:

The lone Rochester goal in the loss was scored by Corey Tropp, with assists going to Phil Varone and Brayden McNabb. Netminder Drew MacIntyre was strong in goal for the Amerks, finishing with 27 saves between the pipes.

The Senators were led offensively by Pat Cannone, Jim O’Brien and Mike Hoffman, each of whom contributed a goal apiece. Veteran goaltender Mike McKenna turned away 33 of 34 [...]Read More

Gameday: Amerks on the Road in Binghamton

October 29, 2011 - By
Gameday: Amerks on the Road in Binghamton

The Amerks are on the road tonight in Binghamton looking to kill their four game winless streak against the reigning Calder Cup Champions.  Even though the Amerks are on a losing streak they’ve managed to earn points in three out of four of those games.  After tonights game the Amerks will be back home to practice and then go back again to Binghamton next Friday.

Looking at the positives, the Amerks know they’re missing a couple of key players that could make a difference in the roster but they continue to stay competitive in games and are finding ways to score.  Players like Michael Ryan and Paul Szczechura out of the lineup are forcing others to move up in roles that they are not be ready for.  Things are headed in the right direction, they’re not being embarrassed on the ice night in and night out.

The Amerks coaching staff see’s positive signs with what they have and will continue to coach to that.  Rolston immediately said no when asked if there have been any talks with the Buffalo Sabres to make changes to the roster to improve it.  They understand the veteran element is missing that could help lead [...]Read More