Posts Tagged ‘Injuries’

Six Goal Scorers Saved the Weekend for the Amerks; Finley and Morrisonn Injured

December 19, 2011 - By
Six Goal Scorers Saved the Weekend for the Amerks; Finley and Morrisonn Injured

What was shaping up to be a disaster of a road trip was saved on Sunday when six different players scored six goals to lead the Rochester Americans to a 6-2 win over the Houston Aeros.  The Amerks lost in overtime on Friday night to the Rampage, were blown out 6-2 on Saturday night against the Stars and then came back for the big win on Sunday.  Three out of a possible six points on a long road trip with a lineup missing a lot of key players isn’t too bad of an achievement.  (picture featured courtesy of The 3rd Intermission)

Derek Whitmore, TJ Brennan, Alex Biega, Jacob Lagace, Travis Turnbull and Maxime Legault all scored goals on Sunday.  Goal scoring has been an issue all season so hopefully the six of those guys lighting up the board will give them all confidence that it can continue to be done.

Read a game recap from The 3rd Intermission: Aeros Do The Patriotic Things And Lose To The Americans

The bad news:  the Aeros lost 6-3 to the Rochester Americans, the team with the worst road record in the AHL.  And if not for a burst of scoring in the first [...]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

Persson to Play, Brennan out and the Amerks Are Always Looking for Players

December 8, 2011 - By
Persson to Play, Brennan out and the Amerks Are Always Looking for Players

The Amerks are just finishing up their Thursday morning practice where they spent most of the time working on special teams.  Everyone was present and accounted for at practice with no current call ups.  Rolston said that he hadn’t talked to the Sabres yet but with the Sabres playing at home Friday night there’s no real urgency to scramble for flights.  If this had been last season in Portland someone would probably be getting a flight booked already as a precaution.

Along with the inuries and the call ups the other issue with the Rochester Americans roster is the lack of scoring at times.  When I asked Rolston if they’ve been looking at making changes to the roster by bringing in players he said, “pretty much every day it’s something we look at.”  He also said that every day they make sure to have a list of guys they’d like if the need comes up.  Finding the right players that will produce and have chemistry is the biggest issue.  Any moves would likely come from the ECHL where players may put up a ton of points there but that doesn’t always equal production in the AHL.  It’s probably a pipe [...]Read More

Amerks Late November Injury Report

November 26, 2011 - By
Amerks Late November Injury Report

There’s one good thing going for the Amerks, they’ve been staying healthy and waiting to get guys back from injury instead of continuing to lose guys like the Buffalo Sabres.  The only long term injury at this point is Dennis Persson with no timetable set on his return.

It’s possible that Turnbull and Ryan could get clearance to play tonight against Hamilton but it’s doubtful.  Parker also sounds doubtful for tonight’s game as well.  More info below on everyone…

  • Travis Turnbull was hit in the head on November 11 (see it here) and did not return to the game after that.  He was expected back on Friday night against the Devils but must not have received clearance from the doctors.  The word concussion has never been used but I think it’s a safe assumption that’s what he’s been recovering from.
  • Michael Ryan has been skating and practicing with the team wearing a full cage and was expected back this weekend but the doctors have not yet cleared him.  At practice he has still been wearing a no contact jersey as well which is a sign he’s not ready.  He has been out with an “upper body” injury.  It was first [...]Read More

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

5 Reasons To Attend The Amerks vs Senators Game Tonight

November 11, 2011 - By
5 Reasons To Attend The Amerks vs Senators Game Tonight

The Rochester Americans are back on home ice this weekend for games against the Binghamton Senators and Grand Rapids Griffins.  Below is a list of five reasons I’ve put together that you should go to the game or encourage others to go.

Based on the current rotation of goaltenders it’s likely that Drew MacIntyre will get the start in net.  That’s the pattern Rolston has been going with and hasn’t shown any signs of it stopping.  Two quick injury updates: There’s hope that Michael Ryan will be back within the next two weeks.  Dennis Persson is still a few weeks out with an ankle injury.

Here’s those 5 reasons:

5. The Amerks power play.

This is likely an odd reason since they have not scored in the past 26 power play opportunities, a skid that everyone (coaches, players and fans) wants to end.  So it’s a good game to attend to help support the special teams and cheer them on to success.

I talked to Ron Rolston, Zack Kassian and Paul Szczechura after practice on Thursday morning about the power play and they all said the same things.  They need to shoot the puck and create chances.  They can’t continue [...]Read More

Szczechura and Legault Back, Finley Moves Up, Ryan Out 3 Weeks

November 3, 2011 - By
Szczechura and Legault Back, Finley Moves Up, Ryan Out 3 Weeks

The good news from the Amerks morning practice today was that Paul Szczechura and Maxime Legault are cleared for action and assuming there’s no last minute set backs they’ll be in the lineup Friday night against the Binghamton Senators and for the remainder of the season.  Szczechura has been out of the lineup since last April and has been recovering from ACL surgery.  Legault had surgery on his right shoulder at the end of the spring.

Quick addition: Paul Szczechura was put on waivers today by the Buffalo Sabres, a formality to have him sent down to Rochester.  Even though he’s been in Rochester since training camp he was never officially sent down.  Teams can’t send injured players down to the minors so they had to wait for him to be cleared by the doctors. There’s no reason he won’t clear.

“Paul and Maxime both have experience in the league.  They’re both are veterans, both know what it takes to win,” Rolston said.  ”You have to have those kinds of guys in the lineup.”

Szczechura has been practicing since training camp with the Amerks but this will be the first set of games he’s been cleared to play.  The plan [...]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

Gameday: First Place Amerks at Toronto Marlies

October 22, 2011 - By
Gameday: First Place Amerks at Toronto Marlies

It feels like we just walked out of the War Memorial but it’s already time to think about aother Rochester Americans game.  They travelled to Toronto last night after the game where they’re scheduled to play the Marlies at 3pm.

Three games in three nights and by the time Sunday is over it’ll have been seven games in eleven nights.  The Toronto Marlies have not played a game since last Sunday and may be a little more well rested for the game compared to the team that arrived in town around 2am.

For now though the Amerks are in first place in the North Division, one point ahead of the Toronto Marlies and Hamilton Bulldogs in the standings.  Too soon to plan the parade?  Probably.

Unless David Leggio wakes up sick or with a mystery injury this morning it’s guaranteed that he’ll be starting in net for the Amerks today.  If you missed it yesterday check out my feature story on David Leggio.

Zack Kassian is already an early season leader amongst the top 10 rookies in the league.  He’s tied for 5th in points with 6pts (3G+3A).  Kassian is also 2nd in shots with 19 through six games.  [...]Read More

Amerks Injury Updates and the Parker Suspension

October 20, 2011 - By
Amerks Injury Updates and the Parker Suspension

The Amerks finished up their morning skate today after a day off yesterday and Ron Rolston gave us some updates on injuries to the team.  The only “new injury” was Derek Whitmore who sat out today with a muscle strain but is expected back tomorrow.

Jonathan Parker was suspended for one game for the high stick that broke the nose of Grand Rapids Griffins forward Brent Raedeke in the first period.  There was no penalty called on the play, the referee had called the play accidental.  The American Hockey League on the other hand says that players need to be in control of their own sticks and handed down the one game suspension.

The Amerks will be down a forward for tomorrow’s game due to the suspension of Parker and Marcus Foligno.  Rolston said that a defenseman will likely move up to fill in the role of the 12th forward.

Paul Szczechura has no real time frame to return.  Ron Rolston had said early November but it really comes down to when the doctors clear Szczechura to play.  He had been injured last April in game three of the playoff series between the Norfolk Admirals and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and had to [...]Read More

‘Early November’ for Paul Szczechura

October 19, 2011 - By
‘Early November’ for Paul Szczechura

Paul Szczechura is probably a forgotten name to the casual Rochester Americans fan.  He was signed over the summer but hasn’t played a game yet and appears as though we’ll have to wait until “early November” for his return.

Kevin Oklobzija wrote in the D&C:

Amerks center Paul Szczechura isn’t ready to play. Rolston said he expects to have him in the lineup “in early November.” Szczechura is still recovering from a knee injury suffered during the playoffs with the Norfolk Admirals.

“Initially we thought with his progress he was ahead of schedule but his doctors had set a certain date (for a return) and they’re staying firm with it,” Rolston said. “They don’t want to take any chances.”

Besides having a name that will likely be misspelled few times he’s expected to be a top center.  During the 2010/2011 season with the Norfolk Admirals he scored 22 goals and 30 assists in 79 regular season games.  He was injured during game 3 of the playoffs when he had to be helped off of the ice after suffering a leg injury, a leg injury that continues to heal.  He’s been skating with the Amerks since training camp but has not been [...]Read More