Posts Tagged ‘Drew MacIntyre’

Mid Week Amerks Report: Weekend Games, Injuries, Call Ups, etc

November 23, 2011 - By
Mid Week Amerks Report: Weekend Games, Injuries, Call Ups, etc

There hasn’t been any breaking news out of the Rochester Americans but with the business of Thanksgiving wanted to take time to catch up on everything going on.  Besides a few Twitter updates I doubt there’ll be another post until after the game on Friday.

Even though most of us will be getting a day off from on Thursday the Amerks will not be as they have practice on Thursday morning.  The last I had heard was that a bunch of the players would be getting together for their own dinner, there may be a story about that in the Democrat and Chronicle.

The Amerks have two home games this weekend, Friday night against the Albany Devils and on Saturday against the Hamilton Bulldogs.

This’ll be the first of four games against the Devils this season.  The Devils will have former Rochester American Eric Boulton in the lineup, he was sent down by the New Jersey Devils for conditioning.  The Devils also have Rochester native Stephen Gionta in the lineup, younger brother of Brian.  The Devils are 7-1-1-1 over their past 10 games and have won their past six straight.

The Amerks need to get their first win of the season on Saturday against the [...]Read More

Amerks Gameday vs Marlies, A Handful of Thoughts

November 18, 2011 - By
Amerks Gameday vs Marlies, A Handful of Thoughts

It’s a Friday and the Rochester Americans are back in action with two big games this weekend against the Toronto Marlies, the only other team in the North Division that appears to be ready to compete with the Amerks for the top spot.  The puck drops at 7:35pm but get there at 6:30pm for “Happy Hour” with $2 beers.

It’s still too early in the season to be staring at the standings but it’s better to do it now than trying to squeeze out every point possible in March.  The Amerks have a game in hand on the Marlies and are two points ahead of them in the standings.

When it comes to games in the division the Amerks have earned points in seven of their eight divisional games. After losing the first game of the season against the Hamilton Bulldogs they have earned two wins against Grand Rapids and one against Lake Erie.  They have lost two games in overtime/shootout against Hamilton and they have one overtime loss in Toronto.

The season started out rocky and the five game losing streak now appears to have been a good thing because the team was able to take something away from [...]Read More

Drew MacIntyre Called Up to the Sabres; Amerks in Buffalo

November 14, 2011 - By
Drew MacIntyre Called Up to the Sabres; Amerks in Buffalo

Unless you’ve been locked up and unplugged from the internet, radio or TV you’ve probably already heard by now that the Buffalo Sabres are reporting that Ryan Miller has a concussion and they’ve called up Drew MacIntyre from the Amerks.

MacIntyre had a solid weekend in Rochester saving 78 out of 80 shots faced.  His stats make him look like he’s had a horrible start to the season but he hasn’t been bad and has improved as time has gone on.  It’s doubtful he’ll see any action in Buffalo but he’ll be ready if needed.

This will give David Leggio a chance to now play consecutive games in a row with MacIntyre on the road.  The Amerks don’t have another three in three weekend until the first weekend of December so they should be alright.  Leggio has played about the same as MacIntyre and there’s no reason to doubt he’ll be able to step in and be the lead goaltender.

The Amerks are practicing in Buffalo late Monday morning to get a tour of the Buffalo facilities and also meet with the training staff there as well.  They’re going to make sure the boys are in shape and not eating [...]Read More

Amerks Earn Win with MacIntyre and Defensive Effort

November 13, 2011 - By
Amerks Earn Win with MacIntyre and Defensive Effort

There’s a couple of ways to look at the Rochester Americans 2-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night but the first way to look at it was that they won the game and Drew MacIntyre made 43 saves.  It almost doesn’t sound right to say they played a good defensive game considering they gave up 44 shots but they stayed in the game and didn’t allow the Griffins to wear them down.

For the first time all season one of the Amerks goaltenders started consecutive games breaking the rotation.  Drew MacIntyre earned the opportunity with a great performance on Friday night and with this play tonight he proved he can be that #1 goalie.  He made 78 saves on 80 shots in a 27 hour time frame.

Early in the game there was a mixup in front of the Amerks net and Nick Crawford ended up inside of the net and MacIntyre was down just outside of it.  The Griffins tried to poke away at the puck but with Crawford on the ice and missing a glove he managed to keep the puck from crossing the line.

The Griffins controlled the first half of the first period [...]Read More

A Few Hours Away From Amerks vs Griffins

November 12, 2011 - By
A Few Hours Away From Amerks vs Griffins

It seems weird to have back to back home games on a Friday and Saturday night but it’s happening this weekend, following the Amerks 3-1 win over the Senators on Friday night they’re back on the ice in a few hours against the Grand Rapids Griffins.  Based on Ticketmaster numbers it looks like a crowd of around 4,000 should be expected.  If you don’t have tickets yet make sure to wear Amerks or Sabres gear to the box office to get discounts.

The Amerks lit up the scoreboard with a 7-2 win the last time these two teams played in the middle of October.  The Griffins scored eight goals last night against the Hamilton Bulldogs so they’ll be ready to shoot some pucks.

Whether or not it’ll be David Leggio or Drew MacIntyre in net for the Amerks is an unknown at this time, we’ll likely find out when the team skates out for warmups.  The rotation has Leggio in net but MacIntyre had a great game last night, maybe it’s the weekend the rotation ends.

Travis Turnbull is an unknown after he left the game after a hit by Tim Conboy (see it here) late in the second period on [...]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

Amerks End Lousy Road Trip Losing 5-2; Special Teams Needs Work

November 6, 2011 - By
Amerks End Lousy Road Trip Losing 5-2; Special Teams Needs Work

The Amerks ended a four game road with a 5-2 loss against the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night and as mentioned elsewhere, it’s a game they shouldn’t forget and likely a low point in this early season.  The two teams play against each other Sunday evening at 6:05 in Rochester.  The Amerks also play eight of their next nine games on home ice if there was ever a time to turn things around it’d be now.

The Crunch were playing to redeem themselves after losing their previous game 6-2 against the Norfolk Admirals and they did just that.  Sunday night it’ll be the Amerks chance to do that themselves and come out with a strong performance.

The biggest issue the team needs to work on is their special teams, the Amerks have failed on 25 straight power play opportunities over the past six games.  Over the course of those six games the opposing team has scored eight times out of 27 opportunities.  There’s also been a number of 5 on 3 chances for the Amerks that they’ve failed on, including one Saturday night.  Those numbers point to two big holes in this team, an offense with the ability to score [...]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

Dreadful Power Play Dooms the Amerks in 3-1 Loss

October 23, 2011 - By
Dreadful Power Play Dooms the Amerks in 3-1 Loss

A power play in hockey is pretty simple, you have the man advantage and pass the puck to get the other team out of position and then score.  Especially when you’re given EIGHT opportunities in a game.  Unfortunately the Amerks were not able to score and they even gave up a short handed goal in their 3-1 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday evening.

Brayden McNabb wasn’t able to stop a pass up the side boards to Eric Wellwood who skated into the Amerks zone untouched and put the puck through Drew MacIntyre’s five hole only a minute and 47 seconds into the game.

McNabb made up for it only 23 seconds later with a pass on the ice to the front of the net where Marcus Foligno was in perfect position to redirect it past Phantoms goaltender Jason Bacashihua.

The Amerks were on the power play late in the first period when Harry Zolnierczyk took the puck down the ice on a breakaway and scored shorthanded to give the Phantoms the 2-1 lead.  It appeared to be a pass from Nick Crawford to Joe Finley that was intercepted.. or just a poor pass.  He took the puck down [...]Read More

Gameday: Collapse in Toronto; Amerks Back Home vs Adirondack

October 23, 2011 - By
Gameday: Collapse in Toronto; Amerks Back Home vs Adirondack

A wonderful Sunday evening game ahead of us, the third game in three nights for the Rochester Americans and Adirondack Phantoms.  The Amerks had a third period collapse on Saturday afternoon that resulted in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies.  It’s a game that the team knows inside they they squandered but at the same time they’re already focusing on the game today.

The Phantoms were in Portland on Friday where they won 3-0 and then lost 5-2 in Albany on Saturday night.

Marcus Foligno will be back on the ice after serving his two game suspension.  Chris Clackson was sent back to the Gwinnett Gladiators after filling in on the roster.

It’ll be interesting to see what this young team looks like on the ice today.  Sunday games in the AHL are typically snoozefests between tired teams.  The Amerks didn’t play into Saturday night so other than fatigue from the game they were able to get a good nights sleep in their own homes.

They worked hard to come from behind on Friday night before losing in the skills competition (shootout) and then the late game collapse yesterday so they should be fired up and ready to [...]Read More

Postgame: Bulldogs Shootout Win Ends Amerks Winning Streak

October 22, 2011 - By
Postgame: Bulldogs Shootout Win Ends Amerks Winning Streak

The Amerks 3-2 shootout loss to the Bulldogs on Friday night felt like a tennis match at times, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.  It was much better than the first game of the season though when the Amerks lost 5-2.  One of the big differences in this game was the Amerks being down two top forwards due to suspensions, Marcus Foligno and Jonathan Parker.

Zack Fitzgerald got a lucky deflection to put the Bulldogs ahead 1-0 at 15:32 of the second period.  He had a clear opening and took the shot on Drew MacIntyre and as he did that Travis Turnbull reached with his stick and ended up deflecting the puck past MacIntyre.

Corey Tropp tied the game up 1-1 at 10:49 of the second when he took the puck down into the Hamilton zone along the boards, went around defender Zack Fitzgerald towards the bottom of the face off circle and then beat Nathan Lawson high on the opposite side of where he skated in from.  It was his first goal of the season.

The Amerks penalty kill had been perfect through three home games until tonight.  I blame the person sitting behind me who [...]Read More