Posts Tagged ‘ECHL’

Scouting Report – 11/25/16 – Tyler Strachan

November 26, 2016 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Comets was disappointing on many levels. The roster lacked the forward depth to allow Rochester to compete for a full 60 minutes. In what has developed into a common trend for the Amerks, there was almost no physical play. Nick Baptiste was the one bright spot tonight. He was on a mission to make things happen and looked by far the best player on the ice for the Americans. His silky smooth mitts have now netted him 9 goals and 3 Assists in just 11 games at the AHL level.

Tyson Strachan improved upon many things from Wednesday night’s performance. He needed to be more physical in front of the net, turn the puck over less, and be more efficient starting the breakout. From the very beginning of the game he made significant strides. He was very conservative passing in the zone and sent every thing up the boards. Also, he did a much better job clearing players from the front of the net and keeping their stick off the ice. Unfortunately Strachan’s night ended prematurely. He took a shot directly in the face at the twelve minute mark in the [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 11/23/16 – Erik Burgdoerfer

November 25, 2016 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

There were a lot of questions facing how the Amerks would perform tonight after the recent call ups of Cole Schneider and Cal O’Reilly. They looked very much like an undermanned roster playing without a captain. In O’Reilly, Schneider and Fedun, the Amerks were missing their top 3 point scorers this year accounting for 47 of the Amerks 135 points accumulated before tonight’s game. Including the 4 points Carrier has, that is over 37% of the Amerks total scoring missing from the lineup. Tonight there was no quit in the Amerks.  While Bailey, Nylander and Baptiste all played very well offensively and were able to combine for 3 goals and 3 assists, from top to bottom the Amerks did not play well enough to be competitive.

The box score of tonight’s game will tell you that Erik Burgdoerfer was a -2 and had four penalty minutes. That does not do his performance any justice. I thought he was the best blue liner the Amerks had tonight. And that is reflected in the grade I have assigned to him; B+. I personally don’t think he deserved either one of the penalties he was assessed. On the [...]Read More

Season 61 – Preview

October 13, 2016 - By
Season 61 – Preview

(10/13 PM Update)

For the third summer in the last 4 years, the Amerks roster looks good…ON PAPER.  “Blah Blah Blah”, “Yeah, whatever”, and “So what”.  I hear you, guys.  But it’s October – so I’m going to put on my hopeful and optimistic mask for the time being.

I was excited about Cunneyworth returning last season and being joined by Paul Fixter. That clearly didn’t work out and an encouraging clean sweep of the coaching staff was made, resulting in a planned move of Dan Lambert becoming head coach.  I REALLY like this guy.  I’ve said before that the last time a rookie head coach replaced a Hall of Fame head coach we won the cup – with Torts replacing Boxie in 1996.  I feel like Lambert is a straight shooter and has a desire to win here.  I’m just as excited about the assistants.  Brad Tapper seems like a no-nonsense guy who understands that competing for a Calder Cup is still important and Chuck Weber was a head coach I liked here in 2010-2011 and with a little roster luck might have won here that season.   I think we’ve needed more fire from our coaching staff and these [...]Read More

Parker, Szydlowski and Boychuk to the Gladiators; Returning to Health

February 15, 2012 - By
Parker, Szydlowski and Boychuk to the Gladiators; Returning to Health

A good sign that everyone is getting healthy is the fact that the Rochester Americans have made some roster moves to send players elsewhere.  The team announced today that Jonathan Parker, Shawn Szydlowski and Riley Boychuk have been sent down to the Gwinnett Gladiators.  It’s a move that should have happened back in October.  Those three players are nice guys but they weren’t finding ways to either put the puck in the net or even on the stick of a teammate to create goals.

Parker only had 3 goals + 3 assists for 6points in 37 games played.  Last season with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL he scored 45 goals + 41 assists in 71 games.  Szydlowski was in a similar situation, he had 8 assists in 38 games.  Last season with the Erie Otters in the OHL he scored 41 goals + 37 assists in 66 games.  The transition to the pro game just wasn’t happening for them.

The move should have happened back in October to have them playing at a higher level than they were but not quite as high as the AHL for them to get their games adjusted and work their way up. [...]Read More

Chris Beckford-Tseu has a Clean Slate

September 26, 2009 - By

Mention the name Chris Beckford-Tseu around the fans that closely followed the Amerks last season and they’ll quickly ask, “he’s not coming back is he?”

Chris Beckford-Tseu was signed by the Florida Panthers during the summer of 2008 to be the #1 goaltender for the Rochester Americans.  Jack Birch had talked about Beckford-Tseu being the #1 depth goalie available at the AHL level and that he was pursued by seven other teams.  Things did not turn out that way.  Beckford-Tseu struggled early and struggled often.

The Panthers signed him to a two year contract hoping he would be a “diamond in the rough.”

Chris Beckford-Tseu during practice October 27, 2008

He played in 22 games for the Amerks and finished with a 3-14-1 record, 3.94 GAA, and .868 save percentage.  He was sent to the ECHL and played with the Florida Everblades and Phoenix Roadrunners.

“Last year things did not start well, nothing really went right for us, it was one you have to forget about, put behind you, move on and use as a learning experience,” is what Chris had to say about last season.

During a live chat with the D&C Amerks [...]Read More

Goalie Tyler Plante Talks Veteran Presence

September 26, 2009 - By

The key to success for teams in the American Hockey League is to have a veteran presence on a roster of players in their young 20’s who have more or less moved away from home for the first time.

Players need a peer that they can talk to in the locker room, someone they can relate to.  It’s easier to talk to and listen to a peer than to a coach who knows the game but may not know what you’re going through.

The lack of a veteran presence is something that has been missing from the Amerks roster in recent years and it has showed in the league standings.

I asked goaltender Tyler Plante what’s different this year and he said, “You can already feel a vet presence in the room, its a welcome change.   It’s a little more serious of an attitude already and you can feel it.”

Tyler Plante working out at the Panthers 2009 Development Camp at the Teen Ranch

Tyler Plante spent his summer in his home town of Brandon, Manitoba working on continuing to be a better athlete.  He did not need to lose weight like others, he did [...]Read More

Cleve Kinley to Attend Amerks Camp

September 9, 2009 - By

The list of players that will be attending the Amerks training camp should be available any day now, prior to that I’ll be relying on articles posted elsewhere.

The first name I’ve come across is defenseman Cleve Kinley.  Kinley was just signed by the Florida Everblades as their 15th player under contract.  There’s little chance he’d make the Amerks roster but he will part of a list of potential call ups if there becomes a need whether it’s due to injury or poor play by others.

Kinley is an undrafted player who graduated from UMass-Lowell in 2006-2007.  The Grand Rapids Griffins signed him to a 1yr contract for the 07/08 season but quickly sent him to the ECHL where he played for the Texas Wildcatters.

Kinley seems like a skilled defenseman at the ECHL level but since he’s graduated from college he has not gotten the attention of anyone higher.  If you’re interested in any news about the Everblades check out the link below, the Naples Daily News has a lot of information about the team.

Here’s some info reported by the Naples Daily News:

“The Everblades’ reputation is well known in the hockey world,” Kinley said. “They have [...]Read More

Jacob Micflikier to Join Florida Everblades

March 29, 2009 - By

Jacob Micflikier is going to be joining the Florida Everblades of the ECHL in their playoff push for The Kelly Cup.  Micflikier has been out of action since February 20th (17 games) when he suffered an ankle injury.  Prior to that he missed nine games in January with a broken foot.  In 39 games with the Rochester Americans this season Micflikier has scored 4 goals and 12 assists for 16 points.

Micflikier is looked upon as an offensive threat for the Blades, in eight games played this season for them he has scored nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points.

When he’ll be joining the Blades we don’t know.  He’s still in Rochester and has been practicing recently with the team.

The Everblades open their first round of playoff action on April 10 and 11th.

I wrote on March 23rd in an injury update Jacob Micflikier was expected back within two and a half weeks, which would have him playing in the final three games of the Amerks season.

It’s not likely that he’ll stick around with the second worst team in the AHL instead of joining the number one team in the ECHL.  Chances are we’ve seen [...]Read More

Coming From Behind, Amerks Last Week of February in Review

March 1, 2009 - By

We have a lot to catch up on with the Rochester Americans over the past week so we’re going to get everyone up to speed in one post, in case you have not been paying attention.  We spent our week improving the offices of Lets Go Amerks and a night out at the Cystic Fibrosis dinner.

Here we go…

* Starting with last Sunday, the Toronto Marlies defeated the Amerks by the final score of 6-2.  The Marlies were beat 3-1 the day before by the Amerks in Toronto, so the Marlies came out angry and never let up.  Game Summary

* Luke Beaverson and Andrew Sweetland were assigned to the Florida Everblades on Wednesday afternoon.  Sweetland had played in 40 games for the Amerks and only tallied two assists and 10 penalty minutes.  Beaverson had played in 14 games for the Amerks and got on the scoresheet with one assist and 21 penalty minutes.

* The Cystic Fibrosis Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner & Auction was on Wednesday night at Blue Cross Arena.  The Amerks and Knighthawks teamed up for this years fundraiser.  Over the past 18 years, the Amerks have raised over $650,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis [...]Read More