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2011-2012 The Hockey News AHL Predictions vs End of Season Standings

April 17, 2012 - By
2011-2012 The Hockey News AHL Predictions vs End of Season Standings

At the start of every season most publications try and predict the season ending standings, something I would never want the task of doing.  I decided to take a look back at the The Hockey News predictions for the 2011/2012 season compared to the final standings and for the most part they were way off.  This is absolutely nothing against The Hockey News or our awesome local reporter who picked them, just wanted to look back.  It’s almost impossible to predict how 30 teams will finish when their lineup in September will likely be completely different once the season starts and throughout.

I don’t think anyone could have predicted the Norfolk Admirals of all teams to win their last 28 games of the regular season for a historic finish.  The list could go on but since I had posted the predictions back in October I thought I’d see how the results were.

Western Conference

Predicted Final Standings Charlotte Checkers Oklahoma City Barons Peoria Rivermen Toronto Marlies Chicago Wolves Chicago Wolves Rochester Americans Abbotsford Heat Toronto Marlies Milwaukee Admirals Houston Aeros San Antonio Rampage Hamilton Bulldogs Rochester Americans Lake Erie Monsters Houston Aeros Texas Stars Charlotte Checkers San Antonio [...]Read More

Losing Texas Trip Ends Today Against Houston; Stuart Injured and Out a Month

December 18, 2011 - By
Losing Texas Trip Ends Today Against Houston; Stuart Injured and Out a Month

When fans begin to panic there’s often another voice that will say ‘it’s only December’ or ‘there’s still 48 more games to be played’ but things are starting to look very bleak for this Rochester Americans team.  The Amerks were shot down big time by the Texas Stars on Saturday night by the final score of 6-2.  This is the day after they lost in overtime by the score of 3-2.  The game on Sunday evening is against the Houston Aeros, one of the top teams in the league and a team that they lose to earlier this month on home ice.

Things had sounded like they were going in the right direction when the Amerks took an early 2-0 lead with two goals only 30 seconds apart early in the first period against the Stars on Saturday but it was all downhill from there.  The Stars erupted with four goals in the second period and also had a 13-4 advantage in shots in the second period.  This Amerks team had no chance.  Part of that blame can likely be placed on the Sabres who have called up the key parts of this team.  To be a successful team you need to win [...]Read More

Amerks Weekend in Texas, Week in Review

December 16, 2011 - By
Amerks Weekend in Texas, Week in Review

The Amerks are on a long road trip to Texas and will be looking for a big weekend full of wins to put this last three in three behind them and gain some ground in the standings.  They’ll play the Rampage on Friday, Stars on Saturday and Aero’s on Sunday.  All three games are must win but the game against the Rampage (the current Florida Panthers affiliate) has some more meaning for obvious reasons. More on that below.

They started out well last weekend with a 3-0 win over the Albany Devils but went on to lose two games by only one goal, one against the Phantoms and the other the Bulldogs.  Paying attention to details is something the team talked about after the great win on Friday night but they lost focus of that the next two nights which resulted in two losses.  Evan Rankin had two goals against Adirondack which gave them a 2-1 lead before eventually losing in overtime.  A four minute high sticking penalty by Drew Schiestel gave the Phantoms the power play in overtime which was the deciding factor.  The next night against Hamilton the final score was 2-1 which meant it was a close [...]Read More

Amerks Lost in Albany and Lose All Three Weekend Games

December 5, 2011 - By
Amerks Lost in Albany and Lose All Three Weekend Games

The first of three sets of three game weekends in December is completed but not with the results anyone wanted.  The Amerks lost all three games this weekend to the Houston Aeros, Hamilton Bulldogs and Albany Devils.  The scores of the games were 4-3, 3-2 and 4-2 and the positive way to look at those is that on paper they were close games.  It’s surprising the scores weren’t different but this Amerks team works hard and even though they’re short on players due to injuries and call ups they’re not using that as an excuse and throwing in the towel.  With these three losses and wins by other teams the Amerks are now in the eighth spot in the conference with four other teams breathing down their necks.

Albany was the last stop of the weekend for the Amerks and they didn’t put anything on the scoreboard until there was less than five minutes left in regulation.  Marcus Foligno scored at 15:16 of the third period and then Drew Schiestel scored his first of the season with only a minute and 12 seconds left on the clock.  At that point they were only down 3-2 until Albany scored an empty [...]Read More

Loss to the Aeros; Corey Tropp Called Up; Tonight vs Bulldogs

December 3, 2011 - By
Loss to the Aeros; Corey Tropp Called Up; Tonight vs Bulldogs

A few random updates… News of the day is that the Buffalo Sabres have more injuries with Nathan Gerbe and Patrick Kaleta are out injured so Corey Tropp has been called up from the Rochester Americans.

As for the loss on Friday night, the Amerks got out to an early 2-0 lead and then the game went downhill from there.  They managed to go ahead 3-2 after Houston scored two goals but the Aeros pulled ahead and won 4-3.  For more information on the game you should read Kevin Oklobzija’s post titled: Aeros exploit Amerks’ inexperience; loss to learn from?

This was a game against one of the top teams in the league and it really exposed the holes in the Amerks lineup that have been known since the beginning.  For the most part the Amerks have played against teams in a weak North Division.  Better teams will figure out other teams and be able to adjust play.  Better teams will be able to setup plays instead of relying on fast breaks to the net.  But it’s still early in December and the Amerks are still in the top eight of the conference missing the better half of the lineup.

On Friday [...]Read More

Amerks Gameday Notes vs the Houston Aeros

December 2, 2011 - By
Amerks Gameday Notes vs the Houston Aeros

The Amerks just finished up their morning gameday skate in preparation for tonights game against the Houston Aeros, one of the top teams in the West Division.  The Aeros have only lost three games in regulation so far this season out of a total of 21 games.  They’ve lost two in overtime and four in the shootout as well but still managed to get points out of those games.

Looks like David Leggio will be starting in net for the Amerks tonight, he was the first off the ice.  Leggio hasn’t played bad at all but it’s odd that Drew MacIntyre had played two great games, appeared to earn that #1 spot with Rochester, was called up to the Buffalo Sabres and upon returning isn’t getting the start against a top team in the league.  Well, tonight is the night for Leggio to shine in net.

But of course given the way things are going lately it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that MacIntyre is unable to play for some reason.

TJ Brennan was also absent from the ice for the game day skate which is an indication he’s not playing.  That’ll leave the Amerks with six healthy defensemen. [...]Read More

Other Blogs Covering AHL Teams

October 15, 2011 - By
Other Blogs Covering AHL Teams

Without anything Rochester Americans related to write about this morning I thought I’d take a minute to share some links to other blogs out in cyberspace covering AHL teams, much like I cover the Amerks here.

We’re all unique in how we cover our teams but all hold one thing in common, being passionate about the teams that we cheer on.  There are independent sites, not associated with any major news papers / media outlets.  I’ll work on a separate list of blogs written by those places.

Here’s what I have in my reading list, if there’s others out there please share!

(in no particular order – if anyone feels like copying and pasting this list for their site go right ahead, just don’t forget to add mine!)

Power Play Post Show (Podcast discussing all AHL teams)

Wrap Around (Binghamton Senators)

Admirals Roundtable (Milwaukee Admirals)

Chairman How’s Glorious Army (Syracuse Crunch)

Chasing Checkers (Charlotte Checkers)

Chirps From Center Ice (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)

Hershey Bears Hockey (Hershey Bears)

Sweetest Hockey on Earth (Hershey Bears)

Hundred Degree Hockey (Texas Stars)
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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

Binghamton Senators One Win Away from Calder Cup

June 7, 2011 - By
Binghamton Senators One Win Away from Calder Cup

Had a great start to the month of June over the weekend hanging out in Binghamton for two days for games four and five of the Calder Cup finals where we witnessed Binghamton take a 3-2 series lead.  Game 6 is tonight in Houston where the Binghamton Senators are hoping to win their first Calder Cup.  As an Amerks and Sabres fan a part of me dislikes the Senators but it’d be great for the city of Binghamton to get the Calder Cup.

The Senators controlled the game from start to finish on Friday night and won the game 3-0.  On Saturday night they had their backs to the boards for most of the game but in the end won the game 4-2.  Playing in front of a packed arena of over 4,700 fans certainly helped give the players some additional momentum.

The added story line to this series is that Senators assistant coach Steve Stirling underwent successful quadruple bypass surgery on Sunday after experiencing chest pains.  The B-Sens team was obviously wanting to win the cup for themselves, the coaches, the fans, the city and now for Stirling.  I don’t know the guy but it reminds me of the scene [...]Read More

Amerks Jersey Ranked 2nd by The Hockey News

August 13, 2009 - By

The Hockey News ranked jerseys last year based on the teams logo, this year they decided to go by patches, striping, and piping to rank the jerseys.  I also need to mention colors as well.

The Amerks were ranked second for a “Classic crest with a clean look to it.”  I’m not quite sure how the Milwaukee Admirals got the top spot.  In a typically boring month for hockey news this is what we get.

Take the time to visit The Hockey News web site to vote for the Rochester Americans jersey as the best in the AHL –

Two teams missing are the Texas Stars and Abbotsford Heat because the teams have not officially launched their jerseys.  To view what was actually said about each jersey click here –

Here’s the straight rankings:

1. Milwaukee Admirals
2. Rochester Americans
3. San Antonio Rampage
4. Springfield Falcons
5. Manchester Monarchs
6. Worcester Sharks
7. Norfolk Admirals
8. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
9. Peoria Rivermen
10. Chicago Wolves
11. Manitoba Moose
12. Houston Aeros
13. Hershey Bears
14. Toronto Marlies
15. Grand Rapids Griffins[...]Read More

American Hockey League Teams on Twitter

July 9, 2009 - By

As the 2009/2010 season approaches it appears as if the American Hockey League is finally represented within the Twitter universe.

Twitter is a great service for sports fans due to the fact that news can usually be summed up in less than 140 characters leaving out all of the extra fluff that accompanies articles.

If you’re new to Twitter I’m going to list some ways to effectively use the site and follow teams, if you’re just looking for the list of teams scroll down.

By following LetsGoAmerks (and other teams) on Twitter you’ll be able to get live updates about the Rochester Americans with scores, injuries, transactions (call ups and players being signed), game day lineups, media appearances, and much more.  If you scan through the updates I’ve posted I think you’ll notice it’s a all great info.  Also taking a moment to brag, LetsGoAmerks offers the best coverage of any AHL team on Twitter.


The old fashioned way of bookmarking web sites is still the easiest for a lot of people.  Simply save your favorite teams page as a bookmark and refresh it whenever you want to check for updates, no need to sign up for an account!

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Hershey Bears Advance to Calder Cup Finals

May 25, 2009 - By

It’s hard to imagine that at one time the Amerks were considered to be one of the top teams in the league along with the Hershey Bears.  Those days will return to Rochester (we hope).  The Amerks played the Bears twice this past season, they lost the first game 8-3 in Hershey and and won the second 3-2 in Rochester.

The Manitoba Moose and Houston Aeros are still battling for the Western Conference.  The Moose have a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 tonight in Manitoba.


The Hershey Bears have won the Richard F. Canning Trophy as the AHL’s Eastern Conference champions for 2008-09, claiming the title with a 5-2 victory over the Providence Bruins in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence on Monday afternoon.

The Bears are heading to the Calder Cup Finals for the third time in four years since becoming the top development affiliate of the Washington Capitals, and for the 21st time overall, extending their own league record. Hershey’s most recent AHL championship came in 2006.

Chris Bourque, whose father Ray played 21 seasons with the Boston Bruins, scored the series-clinching goal on a shorthanded [...]Read More