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Gameday: Amerks @ Hamilton; Mid Season Thoughts

January 15, 2010 - By

The Amerks are back in action tonight and on the road to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs.  The Bulldogs are slowly pulling away from the pack in the North Division, much like the Amerks did earlier in the season.  In five games this season the Amerks are 3-1-1 against the Bulldogs and have outscored them 18-14.  In their most recent contest the Bulldogs defeated the Amerks in Hamilton by the score of 4-1.  The difference in this game is that the Amerks will have Alexander Salak in net.

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At the midway point of the season the North Division race is close with only nine points separating second and fifth place with the Lake Erie Monsters quickly rising in the standings.  As we’ve seen through the first 40 games of the season a lot of things can quickly change which will make the remaining 40 even more exciting with so much on the line.

And that leads us to my mid season thoughts on the Rochester Americans.  There are a number of reasons to be optimistic [...]Read More

Amerks Fall From First in Loss to Dogs'

December 30, 2009 - By

If I were to write a full recap of the game it would contain one word, snoozefest.  The team just could not get things going offensively.  The team has another game on Thursday evening at 5pm on the road against the Lake Erie Monsters.  The Monsters have been playing well lately, we’ll see what happens.

Here’s the Amerks press release about the game:

(Hamilton, December 30)… The Hamilton Bulldogs recaptured first place in the North Division with a 4-1 win over the Rochester Americans tonight at Copps Coliseum. The win moved Hamilton (21-8-2-3, 47 points) one point ahead of the Amerks (22-11-2-0, 46 points) for the top spot in the division.

The loss ended Rochester’s streak of earning a point in nine straight games against Hamilton and extended the Amerks’ road losing streak to four games. It also interrupted the Amerks’ two-game winning streak. Despite the setback, Rochester still leads the season series with a 3-1-1-0 record.

J.T. Wyman and Mikael Johansson led Hamilton with two points each tonight (1+1). Bulldogs’ goalie Cedrick Desjardins earned the win in goal with 24 saves and held Rochester to one goal. The Amerks got a goal from Chris Taylor and a 20-save effort [...]Read More

Monsters Scare Away Amerks; Rochester Drops Fourth Straight

December 22, 2009 - By

The Amerks dropped their fourth straight game on Tuesday night heading into the Christmas break.  I’m changing my wish list to ask for one thing, two big wins this coming weekend.  A lot of things are not going well for this team right now.  There’s also a lot of things that are contributing to things not going well.  There’s been a real lack of good practice time due to the schedule.  The lineup is all mixed up.  No one has faith in Chris Beckford-Tseu yet Ryan Mior was called up and expected to carry the game, something he did not do.

The team has off through Saturday for Christmas break so what we can hope for is a well rested team on Saturday along with hopefully some players returning from Florida.  A decent crowd is expected on Saturday night, hopefully it’ll be enough to put some energy in the team to pull out a win.

I saw 95% of the game but not enough to write a decent recap, so here’s the Amerks press release recapping the game:

(Rochester, NY)… The Rochester Americans extended their season-high losing streak to four games tonight, following a 6-2 loss [...]Read More

Salak Hurt; Bulldogs Move to First Place with OT Win

December 21, 2009 - By

The Amerks took the Hamilton Bulldogs to overtime but in the end the Bulldogs were the ones that scored and won the game to take two points away.  The game had it’s ups and downs and twists and turns.  I think the game took us on an emotional roller coaster ride.

Heading into the game the Amerks and Bulldogs were tied with 41 points each, with the win the Bulldogs take over position of first place.  Based on the celebration on the ice and the cheering and excitement in the Bulldogs locker room it’s obvious they enjoyed the win.

The biggest news of the game was that Alexander Salak went down injured at 9:28 of the first period after Benoit Pouliot scored the first goal of the game.  He left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return.  The extent of his injury will be known more on Monday after he visits the doctor, but considering the fact he left the game in pain I expect he’ll miss some games.

Jamie Johnson talked about the injuries saying, “It just seems to keep coming if it’s up top or down here, someone within the organization [...]Read More

Late Comeback Not Enough, Bears Win 5-4

December 20, 2009 - By

The one positive out of Saturday nights game on the road against the Hershey Bears is that it was a better game than the previous two.  Evgeny Dadonov, Chris Taylor, Jamie Johnson, and Daniel Steiner all had two point games.  In the end the Bears were able to take advantage of a weak defense and scored a few easy goals.

There was no scoring in the first period and it was a pretty even period with the Amerks having more scoring chances.

Jimmy Bonneau and Grant McNeill dropped the gloves at 2:57 of the third period and put on a good fight.  Both players got a few good punches in.  I’d give the edge to Bonneau since a couple of his punchs appeared to buckle McNeills knees.

For the second game in a row the Amerks followed up a fight with a goal.  Evgeny Dadonov scored his fourth goal of the season at 3:26 of the second picking a top corner off a great pass by Chris Taylor from the high slot.

It only took Bears Captain Bryan Helmer a measly 38 seconds to score unassisted and tie the game 1-1.  Oskar Osala followed up nine [...]Read More

Chris Taylor Tallies 1,000 Career Points

December 19, 2009 - By

Congrats to Chris Taylor who has 1,000 career points after tallying two assists against the Hershey Bears on Saturday night.

Taylor’s resume speaks for itself.  He’s a proven leader on and off the ice and always plays hard.

We all know the Amerks have been hit hard with injuries and call ups but that hasn’t slowed Taylor down.  One player can only do so much and I think he’s doing what he can.

I just wanted to make a post for his accomplishment without the negativity that will go with the postgame writeup.

Amerks Win Seventh Game this Season vs Crunch

December 16, 2009 - By

The second period may have been one of the worst this season for the Amerks but they were able to hold on and after 60 minutes left the ice with a win and two more points in the standings.

It was the seventh win this season for the Amerks against the cross state rival Syracuse Crunch.  The only element missing from the game was the typical chirping, cheap shots, and fights between the two teams.

Mike Duco opened the scoring for the Amerks at 6:52 of the first period.  Jordan Henry had just gotten out of the box and fed a pass to Jamie Johnson who brought the puck across the blue line.  Johnson was stopped in his tracks by a Crunch player, passed the puck to Duco who let a shot go through some legs and beat Dan Taylor five hole.

Brady Calla scored his first goal of the season (pictured) and it was also the game winning goal.  It was the type of goal that’s been talked about with players stepping up and contributing.  Jimmy Bonneau did a great job getting Calla the puck to score.

Nick Tarnasky led the Amerks with two goals [...]Read More

GDT: Finally, A Home Game; Amerks vs Heat Friday Tonight

December 11, 2009 - By

Thankfully that road trip is over and after two weeks the Amerks finally have another home game.  The Abbotsford Heat travel to Rochester tonight to play the Amerks at 7:05pm at Blue Cross Arena.  That ends the longest drought of the season between home games.

The Amerks wrapped up a road trip this past Sunday night with a 2-1 win in Abbotsford to end their six game road trip where they went 3-3.  There were some ups and downs with the road trip and you can read about them here, but what’s done is done.  It’s a new day and a new game.

The team will be a little bit different than what we last saw.  Players that will not be in the lineup that were at the last home game were Mike York (personal leave), Shawn Matthias (called up), Jeff Taffe (called up), and Mike Duco (called up).  David Brine has been out with a rib injury, not sure on his status.

In their place we’ll see a new face and and some familiar faces.  The new face will be Jordan Fox who was signed to a PTO from the Wheeling Nailers of the [...]Read More

Two Goals for Rome Leads Moose to 2-1 Win Over Amerks

December 3, 2009 - By

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The Rochester Americans wrapped up their fourth game of a season long six game road trip by losing to the Manitoba Moose by the final score of 2-1.  With the loss the Amerks dropped to 18-4-1-0 for the season and 2-2-0-0 on the road trip.  That’s right, only their 4th loss out of 23 games.  This was the first time the Amerks have lost when they’ve scored the first goal of the game.

It only took Graham Mink a total of 26 seconds to score the only goal for the Amerks.  Mink took the puck towards the net and was able to just barely get his stick on the puck and slid it through the legs of Cory Schneider.

This was Ryan Mior’s first regular season professional game and he played well, he certainly kept the Amerks in the game.  Mior made 22 saves in the game, including a penalty shot by Dan Sexton.  Sexton went with a back hand shot but Mior was able to get a small piece of the puck and deflected it high over the net.

Mior and Amerks coach Benoit Groulx know each other [...]Read More

Gameday: Big Crowd and Big Game Expected for Amerks vs Penguins Tonight

November 27, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans game tonight could be something special if everything goes as planned.  The team has had a major focus on ticket sales for the game tonight against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and it could be the biggest in recent memory.

About a year ago at this time I had wrote that it was, “up to ownership and management to improve the product on the ice,” and I think it’s safe to say they answered the call and have done everything needed.  Curt Styres opened his wallet, put an awesome team on the ice, now it’s time to the fans to continue proving the theory that winning improves attendance.  If everything goes as planned it’s going to be a packed house.

If you don’t have tickets or know anyone who does not make sure they call the Amerks office at (585) 454-5335.  Some fans who stood in line last Friday for tickets did not get to their seats until the first period was almost over.

It has to be easier to sell tickets when the team is one of the best in the American Hockey League and has been since the start of the season.  [...]Read More

Gameday: Amerks Travel to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs

November 24, 2009 - By

The Amerks will be getting on a bus to head north of the border later this afternoon to play against the Hamilton Bulldogs in the second of ten games between these two teams this season.  The Amerks defeated the ‘Dogs on November 10 by the final score of 4-1.

That game featured Chris Taylor, David Brine, Jamie Johnson, Mike York, Evgeny Dadonov, and of course Alexander Salak.  The turning point in that game was the Amerks ability to kill of a two minute 5 on 3 advantage for the Bulldogs (read the recap of that game).

The key to the game will be the same as the other 14 games the Amerks have won.  A solid team effort, goal tending, and making the least amount of mistakes in the game.

Rochester is coming off of a huge 5-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch this past Friday night.  Looking back at the game it was probably the best hockey game played in Blue Cross Arena in at least four years.  There was some great fights, awesome goals by Matthias and Sweetland, a hat trick from Keaton Ellerby, outstanding goaltending, and a huge crowd.

What made that [...]Read More

Tough Loss On the Road, Portland Wins 6-3

November 13, 2009 - By

Playing against a team that has nothing to lose is probably the worst team to play against.  That proved true on Thursday night in Buffalo at HSBC Arena when the Amerks 11 game winning streak came to an end.  Portland was the better team on Thursday night and they won 6-3.

“You have to give them credit, they deserved to win tonight,” Benoit Groulx. “I’d rather give Portland credit than blaming our guys.”

The Rochester Americans lost.  Does that mean there is anything wrong?  Nope.

Alexander Salak explained after the game saying, “All of the guys try hard.”  What he went on to talk about was that if the team wasn’t playing hard there could be some concern, but there shouldn’t be.  It was just a loss.

Alexander Salak lost his first game of the season and was also pulled from a game for the first time.  Nothing to worry about, 8-1 is still an awesome record to have in your first year playing professionally in North America.

The Pirates played a great game of controlling the flow of the game.  They also did a great job defensively preventing the top guys on the Amerks team [...]Read More