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Amerks vs Marlies Shootout and Fight Videos

April 10, 2010 - By

The Amerks defeated the Marlies by the final score of 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night at Blue Cross Arena.  The game also had a couple of early fights between Andrew Lord and Richard Greenop and also Jimmy Bonneau and Phil Oreskovic.

Shootout featured (in order of shot taken): Jamie Johnson, Tim Brent, Jeff Taffe (scored), Josh Engel (scored), Mike York (scored), Greg Scott, Chris Taylor, Ryan Hamilton (scored), Michal Repik (scored), Justin Hodgman

Andrew Lord vs Richard Greenop

Jimmy Bonneau vs Phil Oreskovic

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A Few Items from Amerks Morning Skate and Pink Boards

April 9, 2010 - By

The Amerks just finished up their typical morning skate at Blue Cross Arena prior to the last regular season home game tonight against the Toronto Marlies.  Once the Amerks get at leats one point or the Abbotsford Heat lose a game the dates for the first home games of the playoffs will be officially announced.

A couple of quick updates:

Alexander Salak is going to be getting the start in net.

Rory Fitzpatrick is playing.  It’ll be his last regular season home game prior to retiring but like everyone else hopes to be playing into the month of June.

Mathieu Roy is back on the ice practicing but not ready to play.  He said his ankle is, “getting there.”

John de Gray appears to be sitting out another one with an “upper body injury.”

There’s a lot of dangers in covering hockey, especially sitting near the glass either where my seats are.  A couple seasons ago the blade of someones stick broke and it came flying over the glass but I was paying attention and able to catch it.  A friend was hit in the head with a puck during warmups once and had to get a couple of [...]Read More

Plante and Mink Lead Amerks to Win Against Bears

April 3, 2010 - By

Tyler Plante made 32 saves, including this excellent save pictured above on Alexandre Giroux, to lead the Amerks to a 3-1 win over the Hershey Bears in a rare Friday night win.  A two goal performance by Graham Mink and an empty net goal by Mike York was enough for the offense to keep the Amerks ahead the entire game.

As the game went on and the 4,789 fans in attendance became more and more aware that the team could just pull out a win it became louder and sounded more like a crowd of over 7,000.  A 60 minute performance by every player on the team led to a win over the AHL’s number one team, the Hershey Bears.

After the game Amerks head coach Benoit Groulx said he thought it was the teams best 60 minute performance this season.  It only took 75 games to get that performance but now is the time to do that heading into the playoffs.

Graham Mink seems to be back into his groove with two goals on Friday night and he also had two assists this past Wednesday against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Tyler Plante said that it felt like playoff [...]Read More

Amerks Clinch Playoff Spot, A New Season Begins

April 1, 2010 - By

Tyler Plante made 38 saves and shutout the Grand Rapids Griffins which clinched a spot in the playoffs for the Rochester Americans.  It will be the Amerks first appearance in the post season since 2007 when they were defeated in the first round by the Hamilton Bulldogs who went on to win the Calder Cup.

Chris Taylor scored his 16th goal of the year on the power play from Repik and Mink in the first period.  Evgeny Dadonov scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season in the second period to give the Amerks a comfortable lead.

The shutout for Plante was his third of the season.  Heading down the stretch of the final five games there’s still no clear number one goalie for the playoffs but it seems as if Plante is trying to make a case for himself.

And with the playoffs comes a new season where anything can happen and that’s what we have to hope for.  The players and coaches set a goal at the end of last season to make the playoffs and they have done just that.  It’s time to set a new goal, playing into the month of June!

Marlies Capitalize on Amerks Bad Defensive Game to Win

March 29, 2010 - By

The Rochester Americans had a chance to clinch a spot in the playoffs on Sunday afternoon if they defeated the Toronto Marlies and the Lake Erie Monsters lost in regulation to the San Antonio Rampage.  Former Rochester American forward Stefan Meyer and the Rampage did their part defeating the Monsters in the final 90 seconds but unfortunately the Amerks lost in a shootout, their first shootout loss of the season.

“Last night (7-3 win over the Marlies) I thought we played a pretty solid game and today i thought we played one period,” Benoit Groulx said about the game which also summarizes this team.  Inconsistent.

Tyler Plante played another great game for the Amerks making 40 saves and is certainly making the case for himself to be the goalie in the final six games and possibly into the post season.  Two of the Marlies three goals were tipped in and the third he had no help from the defense as Andre Deveraux walked right in front of the net.  Almost 15 minutes after the game ended he was still sitting in his stall with his pads on, a sure sign he was not happy with the outcome of the [...]Read More

Weekend Recap: Two Losses, A Goalie Scored and Steiner Sent to Reading

March 22, 2010 - By

The Amerks lost two games on the road this weekend and sent Daniel Steiner back to Reading.  That’s the weekend in one sentence.  I took the weekend off from watching Amerks hockey and apparently I did not miss all that much but felt the need to write a recap of the weekend.

** Daniel Steiner has been sent back (technically loaned) to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.  Steiner had spent the first part of the season with the Royals after he was not able to land a job in the NHL or AHL.  He is signed to a contract with the Amerks which is why he was technically loaned.  Steiner is considered a veteran and with the other veterans healthy he was the odd man out.  It’s better for him to get playing time than sitting out every game here.  (Prev article: Steiner is Living the Dream)

** The Amerks lost 4-2 on Friday against the Binghamton Senators.  If you look at the final stat sheet you’ll see that B-Sens goalie Chris Holt scored an empty net power play goal.  Yes, a goalie scored against the Amerks.  The Senators had a three goal lead until Graham Mink [...]Read More

Turnovers Lead to Another Amerks Loss

March 15, 2010 - By

“Our top guys didn’t have their best game,” Benoit Groulx said after the game.  Inconsistency will be what brings this team down heading into the spring.  A few days ago the talk was about a four game winning streak and the Amerks winning six of their past seven games.  On Sunday they found a way to lose to a team that’s in second to last place in the league.

When Mike York, Jeff Taffe, Jamie Johnson and Chris Taylor find ways to make plays happen the Amerks win.  When they don’t the Amerks lose.

The Amerks have 28 regulation losses this season.  The Hershey Bears and Hamilton Bulldogs have a combined 28 regulation losses this season.  There’s a reason for that.  Those teams are consistent.  Ok, maybe they have not dealt with the amount of injuries and call ups as the Amerks, but those are not things effecting the team right now.

What happens when someone who has played in over 1,000 NHL games see’s an AHL rookie make a mistake?  He takes advantage of it and turns the play into a goal.  The Amerks were on the power play and Scott Hotham was not able to control the [...]Read More

Rats Never Back Down and Defeat Amerks

March 13, 2010 - By

The Amerks did something they have not been able to do for a while, play an entertaining home game.  Unfortunately the game went downhill as it went on and they ended up losing.  Albany scored a power play goal at 7:04 of the third period to take a 4-3 lead and from that point on they controlled the game.

Tyler Plante talked about that fourth goal after the game and said that he went to raise his blocker and it got caught on the pants of a player to the side of him.

Rewinding a bit, the Amerks got on the scoreboard at 5:39 of first when Chris Taylor scored his 13th goal of the season.  Evgeny Dadonov fed a great pass to the front of the net where Taylor put it in with a slap shot.

Mike Duco went in the penalty box for throwing a punch and on that power play Drayson Bowman scored for the Rats to tie the game 1-1.

Jordan Henry put the Amerks back in the lead scoring a power play goal of his own at 17:28 in the first.  Mike York made a great pass through the middle of the ice [...]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

Not Executing Leads to Another Loss; More Postgame Quotes

February 6, 2010 - By

The Rochester Americans have to be happy that today is Saturday so that they can rebound from another poor performance on a Friday night.  The team is traveling today to play against the Binghamton Senators and if the past month tells us anything it’s that they’ll win the game.

Benoit Groulx probably anticipated the question and stated, “Why are we so bad on Friday?  I don’t know why.”

(also read an earlier post game article where Benoit Groulx talks about the team not having the whole roster, “Amerks Lose Another Friday Game, Blame Missing Players.”)

“All we have to do is win the first period and then the game is probably ours but we just weren’t executing,” Chris Taylor said after the game.

Chris Taylor also commented, “They were the much better team, not because they’re better but because they played better.  They just out worked us.  We always have to be prepared and we just weren’t ready to go.”

A team that at one time talked about needing more practice time is suddenly plagued by practice time.

“If they have better skill and that then I can understand but they don’t,” Taylor said.  “They [...]Read More

Taffe and A Couple Bounces Lead Amerks to Win

January 24, 2010 - By

“Bounces part of the hockey game,” Benoit Groulx said after the game.  “Last night (6-1 loss to Hamilton) they had tons of bounces.”

The Rochester Americans bounced back on a Saturday night with a 5-3 win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in downtown Rochester.  Jeff Taffe led the way with two goals.  Daniel Steiner, Michal Repik, and Jamie Johnson also put pucks in the net.

Keaton Ellerby dumped the puck at the back boards in the first period and the puck took a lucky bounce back to the front of the net.  Daniel Steiner was skating down the slot and the puck pretty much landed on his stick for him to easily tie the game 1-1 at 7:40 of the first period.

“I had a lot of bad bounces the last couple of games so it’s even now,” Steiner said.

Jeff Taffe scored his 15th goal of the season at 3:31 of the second period to give the Amerks a 2-1 lead.  He let a hard slap shot fly at Brad Thiessen who had no chance of stopping it.

“To me he’s a masterpiece of our team.  He doesn’t need many chances in front of the net [...]Read More

Amerks Pickup First Shootout Win of the Season

January 16, 2010 - By

The positive on Friday night was that the Amerks were able to win in a shootout over the Hamilton Bulldogs to add a much needed two points to the standings.  The five regulation goals were all scored by different players with Evgeny Dadonov, Daniel Steiner, and Jeff Taffe leading the way in the shootout.  Alexander Salak stopped three of five shots in the shootout to pickup the win.

Steiner had another multiple point game along with a shootout goal as he makes a case for himself to earn a standard contract for the rest of the season.  He’s certainly a player that has had no difficulties adjusting to a different style of game.

Goaltenders Alexander Salak for the Amerks and Cedrick Desjardins for the Bulldogs kept the game scoreless in the first period.  Both teams had a number of quality chances with each goalie making great saves.  Daniel Steiner had a total of 11 shots in the game with seven coming in the first period.

Those in attendance at the game got a great game to watch for the price of admission, especially if they were a Bulldogs fan.

The second period had five of the [...]Read More