Posts Tagged ‘Clay Wilson’

Amerks Tuesday Morning Practice in Pictures

November 24, 2009 - By

Jason Cipolla Gameday 11-24-2009The Amerks had a light game day skate this morning at Blue Cross Arena prior to the road game tonight in Hamilton.  The only items worthy of noting from practice was that it was all of the “non vets” and minus tonights starting goalie Alexander Salak.

Healthy scratches for tonight will be Brady Calla, Peter Aston, and James DeLory.

Steve MacIntyre is a beast in front of the net.  It was amusing watching him stand there as Clay Wilson and Keaton Ellerby tried to defend against him.  Mac pushes those guys around like they’re rag dolls.

Game is at 7:05pm and you can watch it live on AHLLive.com for $6.99, listen at WHTK 1280 AM/107.3 FM, whtk.com or watch it elsewhere online if you know where to look.

Clicking the pictures will take you to flickr:

Hat Trick, Sick Saves, and Sweet Goals lead Amerks to Win

November 21, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans won their 5th game of the season tonight against the Syracuse Crunch and it also counted as the Amerks 14th win of the season.  I think it’s time to say that this team is the real deal.

“I was worried to be honest because we have not played for quite a bit, but we had some good practices during the week and our guys showed how serious they were tonight,” Benoit Groulx said after the game.  “And it paid off.”

The obvious star of the game was Keaton Ellerby who scored his first hat trick and the first Amerks hat trick since 2006 when Stefan Meyer scored three in a game.  The look on Ellerby’s face above is priceless.

The first goal of the game at 7:18 of the first was a great combination of two things.  Mike Duco created a perfect screen in front of Dan LaCosta and Ellerby followed through with a great wrist shot from the face off circle.

Jimmy Bonneau and Brett Gallant got into a nice scrap half way through the first period:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETGITyNUJr4

Steve MacIntyre and Jon Mirasty also got involved in an epic battle half way [...]Read More

Amerks Going for 12, Winning Starts With the Owner

November 12, 2009 - By

Photo courtesy of David Sturm

“One game at a time, it’s an old cliche but it’s true,” is what Ted Nolan said on the John DiTullio show Wednesday afternoon.

The key to making that old cliche true is to believe in it.  Every player in the locker room believes in taking every game one at a time and playing every game for what it is worth, two points.  It’s not about winning streaks.  It’s about the goal of making the playoffs.

It all starts at the top with owner Curt Styres.

The Rochester Americans Booster Club recently hosted their annual meet the players dinner which is a great opportunity to meet the players and staff, hear stories,and appreciate what we have here in Rochester.

Curt Styres stood at the head table and talked about the experience of him buying the team and people telling him he was crazy.  Curt talked about last season when they had meetings talking about what needed to happen for this season to be successful and what they needed to do to make it happen.  He also made it known he was willing to open his wallet.

“Any time you see [...]Read More

Amerks 10 Game Winning Streak, One of Two Styres Promised

November 8, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans defeated the Toronto Marlies Saturday night in front of 4,069 fans to extend their win streak to ten games, fulfilling one half of a promise by owner Curt Styres.

Last season Curt Styres had promised two 10 game winning streaks during the 2008/2009 season, at the time it was an absurd statement.  I wasn’t present for the comment but I think the part left off was him saying, “next season.”

Saturday nights game was another great team performance.  It’s really hard to believe at this point that they played this weekend without four key players.

The 10 game winning streak is now one game shy of tying the franchise record of 11 wins set during the 1984-1985 season.  It’s probably no coincidence that was the same season that Jody Gage and Ted Nolan played together, two guys responsible for the success of putting this current team together.

Rochester now improves to 11-1-1-0 with 23 points to stay in first place in the American Hockey League.  One game at a time.

“It’s hard to stay on top,” Chris Taylor said  “It’s hard to keep winning and winning and everyone wants to beat us.  It’s [...]Read More

Alexander Salak Named AHL Player of the Week

October 26, 2009 - By

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

Salak Earns his First Shutout in Amerks 7th Straight Win

October 26, 2009 - By

10/25/2009.. Alexander Salak earned his first professional shutout and led the Rochester Americans to a 3-0 win over the goon squad known as the Syracuse Crunch.

It was the Amerks seventh win in a row and also their fourth win in five nights and they’re not showing any signs of slowing down.

With the win the Amerks are now in sole possesion of first place in the American Hockey League with 17 points.

Graham Mink scored the game winning goal at 2:45 of the first period with assists to Mike Caruso and Chris Taylor.

Caruso retrieved his own shot that went wide of the net and around the boards.  He grabbed the puck at the blue line and dumped it back in right to Mink who was all alone to score.

“I don’t know where the defensemen went,” Mink  said.  “He was there and maybe he was jumping into the rush. Caruso made a great play and I had enough time for the goalie to go down and get it over him.”

Jimmy Bonneau and Jon Mirasty fought for the third time in less than 24 hours at the half way mark of the first period.  [...]Read More

Protecting the Goalie; Gameday Amerks vs Rats

October 23, 2009 - By

The Amerks travel to Albany tonight to try and revenge their only regular season loss of the season.  The Amerks played a lousy game on October and lost 6-1 to the River Rats.  I wrote after that game that the they were slow, they were rarely able to generate consistent offense, and they looked tired.

A lot has changed since that  game though.  The team has had more than a week of practice time together and have been on a four game winning streak since then.  The chemistry, the winning streak, the pride, and the hard work should be enough for the team to put together another win.  One thing the Amerks will need to do is not allow the River Rats to try and push them around again.  We should expect to see Jimmy Bonneau back in the lineup.

You can watch the game for FREE on The AHL Live http://www.ahllive.com.

Alexander Salak will be getting the start in the net.

Tyler Plante hurt his knee during Wednesdays game against the Binghamton Senators.  Rory Fitzpatrick is also dealing with pain from scar tissue following his sports hernia surgery and will be out of [...]Read More

Amerks Win off Strong Goaltending and Five Goals

October 10, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans defeated the Lake Erie Monsters in a rematch of last weeks opening night contest  The Amerks won the game off of a strong performance in net from Tyler Plante as well as five goals scored by the offense.

Waitaminute… Strong goaltending and five goals leads to a a win.  I don’t think I’ve written that since I’ve started this site.

Benoit Groulx notices the play of Tyler Plante saying, “He’s competing really hard.  This is what we needed tonight to win this game.  It’s fun to see that Tyler is having this start.”

In only two games Tyler Plante has showed that he’s taking his job very seriously this season.

The down side to the night?  There was only 2,213 people at the game.  That’s a completely different topic that I’ll be addressing soon.  Anyone REALLY concerned needs to remember it’s still only the second game.  Again, more on that soon.

One of things talked about after the opening night loss was how the roster was going to be different this week and it sure was.  Six players played tonight that did not last week.  The additions of Jeff Taffe, Michal Repik, Mike [...]Read More

Duffy to the Blades; Salak to the Panthers

October 7, 2009 - By

The regular season is less than a week old and players are starting to collect some frequent flyer miles.

Alexander Salak was called back up to the Florida Panthers after he had already landed in Rochester.  I should have known Tuesday morning that something was up when he was not in the locker room but Duco, Repik, and Garrison were.

Current Panthers backup goalie Scott Clemmensen had to attend to some family business this week.  The Panthers next game is on Friday against Carolina and with the uncertainty of when Clemmensen will return they needed a second goalie.

The Amerks next game is Friday night as well against the Lake Erie Monsters and even if Salak stayed here or does return I think Tyler Plante will be getting the start in net.

Defenseman Matt Duffy was handed a plane ticket as well for his assignment to the Florida Everblades.  Duffy had a strong few games at the end of last season when he joined the Amerks.  Duffy has a promising career ahead of him, he was just an odd man out with the current roster.

The Amerks top six defenseman will be Rory Fitzpatrick, Clay Wilson, [...]Read More

Amerks Lose Home Opener in Overtime

October 4, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans home opener on Saturday night was supposed to have ended with a win and made headlines on the 11 o’clock news casts.  It didn’t really end that way.. but it wasn’t a bad game.

A few changes at the arena for the new season were positives.  The new team store had some new merchandise, the party deck appeared to get busier as the night went on, and the between play entrainment seemed to be a little better.

The food that SMG provides still sucks.

The new opening video featured Jody Gage and Ted Nolan talking about what it means to be a Rochester American.  A lot of great words spoken by two great guys.  I recorded it from my seats, turn up the volume.

If you’re reading this from a feed click here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woUDjatI9FI

Back to the game.. after watching tonight’s game it’s easy to notice that the team is still missing a few key players and is playing with a few players that shouldn’t be playing at this level.

It was also obvious in the seats that a few key fans are missing as well.  The attendance on the game sheet lists 4,124.  [...]Read More

Amerks Season has High Expectations

October 3, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans open their 54th season in the American Hockey League tonight against the Lake Erie Monsters at Blue Cross Arena.  The past is the past.  It’s a clean slate.  It’s a new season.  It’s time for the actions of the dream team to finally pay off.

What is the dream team you ask?  It’s Curt Styres, Ted Nolan, Jody Gage, and Kerry Atkinson.  Four individuals that have proven with actions over the summer that they want to win and bring back some pride to the City of Rochester.

Ted Nolan has talked all summer about how he loves to win.  Kerry Atkinson has talked about the Amerks being the best organization in any league that provides the best entertainment for fans.  Jody Gage has been busy making sure the roster is one that believes in Amerks pride and tradition.  Curt Styres opened his wallet and invested a lot of cash to make everything happen.

“We’ve lost our identity as a city, it’s not just the Rochester Americans that lost their identity,” Jody Gage said at a media luncheon this summer.  “How do we get the Amerks back to the headlines?”  That’s a question that [...]Read More

Bonneau Signs, Friday Morning Practice, Party Deck

October 2, 2009 - By

The Amerks are on the ice this morning for possibly the last practice before their first game on Saturday night at home against the Lake Erie Monsters.  As of right now Benoit Groulx has tomorrow morning scheduled off but that could change any at any minute.

Post Practice Update: Jimmy Bonneau and Jon Landry signed a PTO contracts with the Amerks prior to practice this morning which allowed them to be on the ice.  Victor Oreskovich and Trevor Gillies are still negotiating with the team with discussions going well.  I’m sure both will be signed soon.  Goalie Ryan Mior was released.

The first thing you’ll probably notice in the arena tomorrow is the new “Party Deck” located behind at the zamboni entrance end of the arena.  The deck includes sections 103, 102, 101, 129, and 128.  The seats have been taken out and a platform is setup for group rentals.  Lewis Staats said that one of the things they noticed last year traveling around the league was that Rochester was one of the few arenas that did not have an area where fans could be right near the action.  The team was able to work with [...]Read More