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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 Erased Two Goal Deficit but Lost in Overtime

October 28, 2011 - By
Amerks Erased Two Goal Deficit but Lost in Overtime

The Rochester Americans were down by two goals heading into the third period but goals by Colin Stuart (third of the season) and Derek Whitmore (fourth of the season) narrowed the game and forced the game into overtime.  Louis Leblanc scored his first professional goal in his first professional game to lead the Bulldogs to the win in overtime.

It’s great to hear the team come back from being down two goals to tie the game up.  They didn’t quit playing, they continued to battle for the puck and found ways to beat Bulldogs goaltender Nathan Lawson.  The two goals were scored by two players considered leaders of the team, Colin Stuart and Derek Whitmore.

David Leggio made 25 saves out of 27 shots faced in regulation time.

You can read the Amerks postgame report below, I didn’t get the chance to watch or listen to the game so I can’t offer anything else on it.

There’s a couple ways to look at things from here after only nine games.

The Amerks have earned points in six of their last seven games.  They’re keeping the games close.  They may not be as talented as their opponents but they’re not getting [...]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

Bulldogs Outplay the Amerks and Win 5-2

October 8, 2011 - By
Bulldogs Outplay the Amerks and Win 5-2

The first game of the Terry Pegula owned Rochester Americans is in the books, now it’s time to figure out how to erase it from the history books.  The Bulldogs easily defeated the Amerks by the final score of 5-2.

If you look at the stat sheet it shows Amerks had 32 shots on goal but very few of them I would have considered quality scoring chances.  They rarely had the puck for extended periods of time in the Bulldogs zone really making them work to defend the puck.

Corey Tropp had a couple of great chances with an open net but wasn’t able to put his stick on the puck.

David Leggio made 22 saves in the game and even though he allowed five goals, two of them were on the power play (one was a five on three) and the others he wasn’t given much help on defense.  Whether it was turn overs or giving the shooter the advantage I’d hardly put much blame on him.

Rookies Brayden McNabb and Phil Varone made some poor passes throughout the game and probably quickly learned that the American Hockey League is a whole different level than what they’re used to.

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Amerks Start the Season Tonight at Bulldogs

October 8, 2011 - By
Amerks Start the Season Tonight at Bulldogs

The wait is finally over, the Rochester Americans will begin the 2011-2012 season tonight on the road against the Hamilton Bulldogs.  The game is scheduled to start at 7:00pm in Copps Coliseum, you can listen to the game on 1280 WHTK or visit ahllive.com and pay $6.99.

A lot has happened in the off season.  The Buffalo Sabres bought the Amerks (read here, and here, and here).  Terry Pegula wrote a letter with the goal of winning a Calder Cup.  They signed free agent goaltender Drew MacIntyre to lead from the net.  Derek Whitmore and Colin Stuart were signed to continue to be leaders on the offense.  Former Amerk and Buffalo Sabre Michael Ryan was also signed to add a scoring touch.  Oh and season tickets are only $10 per game.  There’s a lot more as well but that’s just a start.

As fans we’re anxious to get the season started and so are the players.

From today’s Democrat and Chronicle:

However, after a month of nothing but greaseboards, video and drills, it gets a little old. So forgive the Amerks if they’re just a bit anxious tonight for the first real puck drop of their [...]Read More

The Hockey News Ranks Amerks to be 4th in the West

October 6, 2011 - By
The Hockey News Ranks Amerks to be 4th in the West

The Hockey News has published it’s preview of the American Hockey League’s 2011/2012 season and the Rochester Americans are ranked 4th in the West and based on those predictions would win the North Division.  The rankings were put together by the D&C’s Kevin Oklobzija.

Thanks to Admirals Roundtable for the rankings.  Looking back at the 2010/2011 rankings Ryan from Admirals Roundtable wrote this:

- The Calder Cup finalists were ranked 16th and 27th overall.
- The division winners were ranked 19th, 3rd, 14th, and 18th.
- Four of their top 10 didn’t make the playoffs (Chicago, Worcester, San Antonio, Grand Rapids)

It’s that time of year where everyone makes predictions just because it’s the thing to do.  Everyone knows (or should know) that a season can change in a matter of weeks due to injuries, call ups, trades and even a group of players not living up to their expectations.

Here’s the rankings:

East (first to last): Hershey Bears, W-B/Scranton Penguins, Portland Pirates, Springfield Falcons, Manchester Monarchs, Syracuse Crunch, Worcester Sharks, Connecticut Whale, Binghamton Senators, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, St John’s Icecaps, Albany Devils, Norfolk Admirals, Providence Bruins, Adirondack Phantoms

West (first to last): Charlotte Checkers, Peoria Rivermen, Chicago Wolves, [...]Read More

Amerks Goalie Drew MacIntyre Signed to Play for a Winner

October 5, 2011 - By
Amerks Goalie Drew MacIntyre Signed to Play for a Winner

The first of many free agents signed during the offseason by the Buffalo Sabres were three players who will have a big impact on the Rochester Americans.

They signed goaltender Drew MacIntyre as well as forwards Derek Whitmore and Colin Stuart.

MacIntyre was one of the top AHL free agent goaltenders available so it was a surprise (based on previous years) to see a top player signed for an important position.

He’s played in 261 regular season and 53 playoff games in the AHL, 46 regular season and six playoff games in the ECHL, but only 2 NHL appearances.  He knows the game.  The only season he had more losses than wins was in 2004/2005 with the Grand Rapids Griffins, his first stint in the AHL.

Last February the Atlanta Thrashers traded MacIntyre to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Brett Festerling, a move that had MacIntyre playing for his fifth American Hockey League team in seven seasons. MacIntyre has played in the AHL Western Conference his entire career playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Manitoba Moose, Milwaukee Admirals, Chicago Wolves and Hamilton Bulldogs.

“I’ve been in the West the whole time,” he said. “I see all the same buildings, [...]Read More

Amerks to Have Solid Goaltending, Drew MacIntyre Signs

July 5, 2011 - By
Amerks to Have Solid Goaltending, Drew MacIntyre Signs

We’re a five days into free agency and it appears as if the Buffalo Sabres have made their first signing that will have a direct impact on the Rochester Americans roster.  Word has just come out via Scott Radley of the Hamilton Spectator @radleyatthespec that the Buffalo Sabres have signed goalie Drew MacIntyre.

Amerks fans will know MacIntyre from seeing him play for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Chicago Wolves, Manitoba Moose and Grand Rapids Griffins.  In his professional career he has always had winning seasons and has been one of those goalies you knew would be a challenge playing against.

The Amerks will now be set with two solid goaltenders in the lineup with Drew MacIntyre and David Leggio.  With this news it also appears as if the Sabres will be keeping Enroth in the NHL to backup Ryan Miller.

Last season in 20 games with the Wolves MacIntyre went 12-5-1 with a 2.91 GAA and 0.906 save percentage. After being traded from the Thrashers to Canadians he played in 21 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs and went 12-6-2 with a 1.89 GAA and 0.938 save percentage.

Now that the goaltending situation is locked up it’s time to add some scoring to [...]Read More

Amerks Comeback from 1960 Making Headlines

May 24, 2011 - By
Amerks Comeback from 1960 Making Headlines

The Hamilton Bulldogs are already in the record books for the American Hockey League by becoming only the third team in the league’s 75 year history to win three games after losing the first three.  The Bulldogs play game 7 on Tuesday night against the Houston Aero’s, winner moves on to play the Binghamton Senators for the Calder Cup.

The other two teams to make such comebacks?  The 1959/1960 Rochester Americans and 1988/1989 Adirondack Red Wings.  Both teams won game seven and advanced to the finals, the Bulldogs are hoping to do the same.

The Red Wings won the Calder Cup during their season, unfortunately the Amerks lost in five games in 1960.

From TheAHL.com:

In 1960, the Rochester Americans were still a fledgling franchise, in their fourth season of play in the AHL. Only four clubs in the seven-team league qualified for the playoffs that spring, so the Amerks’ first-round meeting with the Cleveland Barons amounted to a league semifinal series.

After leading the league in both offense and defense in the 1959-60 regular season, Rochester was considered a heavy favorite to win the series. But the Barons stunned the Americans in the first two games of the [...]Read More

New Teams for Johnson, Bonneau and MacIntyre

July 3, 2010 - By
New Teams for Johnson, Bonneau and MacIntyre

Three players that made an impression in a Rochester Americans uniform last season have now moved on and found jobs with other teams.

Jimmy Bonneau signed a one year deal with the Hamilton Bulldogs.  Bonneau made headlines in the world of hockey fights last season when he fought Jon Mirasty four times in two games in October 2009.  Tough player who stands up for his team and not afraid to back down from anyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDEUjvoi28k

Jamie Johnson signed with the Detroit Red Wings along with Chris Minard and goalie Joey MacDonald.  All three were signed for North Division rival Grand Rapids Griffins and immediately made that team better.

Steve MacIntyre returned to the Edmonton Oilers with a one year deal, the same team that claimed him off of waivers in 2008 and then waived him in 2009.  He’ll have a great chance at cracking the Oilers lineup.

Highlight of the season was seeing MacIntyre knockout Jeremy Yablonski:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jIBsmoBrGQ

Best of luck elsewhere guys and don’t beat up on the Amerks too much when you’re an opponent!

Calder Cup Finals are Set, Hershey vs Texas

May 26, 2010 - By

At the start of the season it was easy to predict that the Hershey Bears would be in the Calder Cup finals, predicting the Texas Stars would be there opponent would not have been a prediction.  The Stars defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs in game 7 to advance to the finals.  All eyes are on the Stanley Cup finals at this point, but this should be a decent series for the Calder Cup.

Here’s the NHL.com recap of the Stars win:

The first-year Texas Stars rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-2 on Wednesday night to win Game 7 of the AHL Western Conference Finals and a berth in the Calder Cup Finals.

The Austin-based Stars won Games 6 and 7 in Hamilton to earn the opportunity to face the defending AHL champion Hershey Bears, the top farm team of the Washington Capitals, beginning on June 3 at Hershey.

The Stars become the first team since the Chicago Wolves and Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2002 to reach the Calder Cup Finals in their first AHL season. In doing so, Texas won a pair of Game 7s on the road – just the fifth time in AHL [...]Read More

Not Executing Leads to Another Loss; More Postgame Quotes

February 6, 2010 - By

The Rochester Americans have to be happy that today is Saturday so that they can rebound from another poor performance on a Friday night.  The team is traveling today to play against the Binghamton Senators and if the past month tells us anything it’s that they’ll win the game.

Benoit Groulx probably anticipated the question and stated, “Why are we so bad on Friday?  I don’t know why.”

(also read an earlier post game article where Benoit Groulx talks about the team not having the whole roster, “Amerks Lose Another Friday Game, Blame Missing Players.”)

“All we have to do is win the first period and then the game is probably ours but we just weren’t executing,” Chris Taylor said after the game.

Chris Taylor also commented, “They were the much better team, not because they’re better but because they played better.  They just out worked us.  We always have to be prepared and we just weren’t ready to go.”

A team that at one time talked about needing more practice time is suddenly plagued by practice time.

“If they have better skill and that then I can understand but they don’t,” Taylor said.  “They [...]Read More