The Grand Rapids Griffins make their only trip to Rochester in search of their first win of the season. The Griffins took a 2 goal lead in the second period but 3 power play goals by the Amerks sealed the victory for Rochester with the final score ending 4-3.
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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.
It’s time to finally post our grades for the 2011-2012 Amerks roster and no, it’s not a mistake that it’s the end of June. Once the season is over interest pretty much fades and so does traffic, even when new content is posted. This is the time of year that there’s also renewed interest in talking about hockey again with the start of free agency and hockey fans from around the world trying to find information on players as they move around.
The grades are primarily put together by Eric Bourgeois and Peter Borrelli, two die hards who watch the game closely. The first grade is from Eric, second is Pete. Comments have names added after as well.
Joe Finley (A / B+)
- That big physical D we’re needed for years. Consistent. Great team guy. Willing to protect teammates. (Eric)
- It was physically painful to me to watch him try to hold back from killing anyone that touched our goalie. Current over-officiating kills a guy like him. (Pete)
Marcus Foligno (A / A+)
- After a medicore start, he turned into an NHL’er overnight. One of the few who didn’t look overmatched against Marlies. Big and plays big! (Eric)
- Would-be Team [...]Read More
A few days late but up for anyone who missed it and archive purpose. As of right now, the Sabres have Nathan Lieuwen and Connor Knapp under contract for the minor leagues. David Leggio and Drew MacIntyre are unrestricted free agents.
You can always click on roster at the top of the site to get a list of players currently under contract. This isn’t speculation of who may or may not return, it’s players signed. http://www.letsgoamerks.com/roster/
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May 5, 2012
SABRES SIGN GOALTENDER LIEUWEN TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
(Rochester, NY)… Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the team has signed goaltender Nathan Lieuwen to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Lieuwen (6’5”, 189 lbs., 8/8/91) finished the 2011-12 season ranked third among all Western Hockey League goaltenders with a 2.50 goals against average and ranked fifth with a .914 save percentage. In his second season as the starting goaltender for the Kootenay Ice, Lieuwen went 27-20-6-2 with three shutouts.
In parts of five WHL seasons with Kootenay, Lieuwen posted a regular season record of 85-59-8-7. He backstopped the Ice to a Memorial Cup Championship in 2010-11, earning WHL Playoff MVP honors after going 16-2-1 with a 2.24 [...]Read More
It’s time to be honest for a moment and simply say that game stunk. The Toronto Marlies swept the Rochester Americans in three games to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The series was a dominating performance by the Marlies that just completely exposed the faults of the Rochester Americans roster, especially in game three. The Marlies scored three goals and shut the Amerks out, the first game out of 13 played that was decided by more than one goal.
The Amerks had heart and gave it there all but the Marlies had more talent and it showed.
(Photo by David Sturm, view more here)
The highlight of the game was the crowd of 7,118 at the War Memorial, the largest crowd for a first round playoff game in Rochester since April 13, 1990. It’s unfortunate the Marlies took control of the game early and took the crowd out of the game.
Philippe Dupuis scored the game winning goal at 3:59 of the first period with a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Leggio.
Mike Zigomanis sent a pass to Jerry D’Amigo in the slot who scored off a one timer to put the Marlies up [...]Read More
This is it. That’s been a common theme throughout the 2011/2012 season for the Rochester Americans in needing to find ways to turn the season around and stay alive. At times when they’ve seemed down and out they’ve found a way to rebound and win some games. Can they find a way to go on a three game winning streak? The odds are against them being down by two games in a best of five series but we should expect a decent hockey game Monday night at the War Memorial.
(Photo courtesy of Dave Sturm, you can see his entire album here)
As of Monday morning it looks like there’ll probably be a crowd of over 5,000 which is pretty impressive for a first round playoff series, a round that typically has some low attendance all around the league. The crowds were small in the first round of the 2010 playoff series. They were small in 2007 as well. Even back in the lock out year the second home playoff game had 5,817 attend on a Friday. It helps to have cheaper tickets this season and also being owned by the Buffalo Sabres means a push by the Sabres to [...]Read More
There hasn’t been anything to say about the game two loss that hasn’t been said elsewhere. If you watched the game you saw the same thing as everyone else. The Marlies were the better team for most of the game. Rochester found a way to stay in the game like they have with just about all games all season but it wasn’t enough.
(Photo courtesy of Dave Sturm, you can see his entire album here)
The Marlies 4-3 win game them a 2-0 series lead in a best of five first round matchup.
David Leggio gives the Marlies the lead early in Game 2 as Jerry D’Amigo has the whole net to shoot at. Assist to Philippe Dupuis.
A boarding penalty by Philippe Dupuis leads to roughing minors assessed to Travis Turnbull, Colin Stuart, Nicolas Deschamps, and Jerry D’Amigo.
A terrible call on Marcus Foligno leads to a power play goal by Mike Zigomanis. Assists to Jake Gardiner and Joe Colborne.
Travis Turnbull is interviewed during the first intermission of Game 2 between the Rochester Amerks and the Toronto Marlies.
Marcus Foligno scores to get the Amerks on the board in Game 2. Assisted by [...]Read More
The first game of the Amerks vs Marlies playoff series was predictable. The Marlies were better but the Amerks found a way to battle back and make it a close game ending in a one goal loss. That’s the same way the ten regular season games went between these two teams. The first round of the playoffs is the best of five making game 2 on Saturday a must win for Rochester.
The Amerks are an average team facing a talented Toronto Marlies squad. David Leggio was at the top of his game making 34 saves while Ben Scrivens at the other end had 20 saves. It was only a one goal game but Rochester wasn’t able to generate a lot of offensive pressure and they were fortunate Leggio kept the score the way he did.
Down 3-1 in the third period Marcus Foligno scored a power play goal from the front of the net off a quick pass from Paul Szczechura down low. The Marlies were watching Foligno all game and didn’t give him very much room to work but the moment he was open he scored.
Evan Rankin made a back handed pass along the boards to TJ [...]Read More
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
This is it folks. There’s two regular season games left for the Rochester Americans and the race is close. The Amerks are not out of the playoff race just yet but if they want to make it they can’t afford to lose a game. It sure does sound familiar, the Sabres were in the same situation.
Doug Janik defeated the Amerks on Tuesday night with a penalty shot in overtime to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 5-4 win. It was a league leading 24th game in overtime for Rochester. The call was easy for Jamie Koharski. Phil Varone broke his stick and instead of just dropping it to the ice he took the shaft part and tossed it at Janik who had the puck, automatic penalty shot. That was the game right there but it never should have come down to that.
(photo courtesy of David Sturm prohockeynews.com)
Corey Tropp scored two great goals in less than four minutes in the first period to give the Amerks a 2-0 lead and what should have been the momentum to continue building on that. Unfortunately the opposite happened. The Griffins scored two goals in 59 seconds to tie the game [...]Read More
The Amerks are on the road tonight against the Hamilton Bulldogs, a team they have only beat twice out of nine games so far this season. If the Amerks are going to make the postseason they’ll need to win at least four out of their last five games. If there was a way to paint a bright picture I’d be trying my best but it’s easier to say that the season is on the line tonight.
The defense will be playing without Matt MacKenzie (upper body) and Dennis Persson (lower body) so they signed Ryan Grimshaw, from Greece, to an amateur tryout contract. Grimshaw just finished four years at Harvard and played three games with Trenton in the ECHL. After the Buffalo Sabres finish their season today in Boston they’ll send Brayden McNabb and TJ Brennan to join the Amerks in Glens Falls for the game on Sunday afternoon, hopefully it’s not too late.
Center Dan Catenacci has not played yet. He joined the Amerks after signing his contract with the Sabres but he isn’t healthy. He was struck in the ankle by a shot in his season finale with Owen Sound of the OHL.
Considering [...]Read More
The good thing about the game on Wednesday night is that Amerks finally scored a goal after a drought of seven periods and over 147 minutes of play. Luke Adam was in the penalty box for goaltender interference and Evan Rankin scored shorthanded for his 12th goal of the season. One other good thing is that they played a lot better on Wednesday night than on Tuesday.
As of writing this Rochester is only seven points out of fourth place in the Western Conference right now. The team in fourth place? Abbotsford Heat. Following the game on Wednesday the Amerks have played in a league leading 23 games beyond regulation time. They have four overtime wins. Nine overtime losses. Six shootout wins and four shootout losses. Turn half of those losses into wins and the Amerks are ahead of the Heat in the standings.
Tossing another ugly stat out in the air is that on Wednesday night it was the sixth time in a row that the Amerks have had a one goal lead going into the third period and ended up losing (not six consecutive games, just six games where they’ve had a lead into the 3rd). The team [...]Read More