Posts Tagged ‘Joe Finley’

Oct 20 Video Highlights of Amerks Win Over Hershey

October 22, 2012 - By

The longest rivalry in the AHL continues as the Bears open up their 75th season at home. The Amerks fell behind by 3 in the second period but made a huge comeback fueled by a 4 for 6 performance on the power play and some awful goaltending by Dany Sabourin (4 goals against, 3 saves in second period). Marcus Foligno had his best night so far as a professional with 2 goals and 2 assists. Cody Hodgson added 3 assists and T.J. Brennan had 2 goals and 1 assist. On the Hershey side, Garrett Stafford had 4 assists and Jeff Taffe had a goal and 3 assists.

Final Score: Amerks 8, Bears 7

Joe Finley & Matt MacKenzie vs Patrick Wellar & Garrett Mitchell

Nick Tarnasky vs Matt Clackson

Grading the 2011-2012 Amerks Roster

June 27, 2012 - By
Grading the 2011-2012 Amerks Roster

It’s time to finally post our grades for the 2011-2012 Amerks roster and no, it’s not a mistake that it’s the end of June.  Once the season is over interest pretty much fades and so does traffic, even when new content is posted.  This is the time of year that there’s also renewed interest in talking about hockey again with the start of free agency and hockey fans from around the world trying to find information on players as they move around.

The grades are primarily put together by Eric Bourgeois and Peter Borrelli, two die hards who watch the game closely.  The first grade is from Eric, second is Pete.  Comments have names added after as well.

Joe Finley (A / B+)

  • That big physical D we’re needed for years.  Consistent.  Great team guy.  Willing to protect teammates. (Eric)
  • It was physically painful to me to watch him try to hold back from killing anyone that touched our goalie. Current over-officiating kills a guy like him. (Pete)

Marcus Foligno (A / A+)

  • After a medicore start, he turned into an NHL’er overnight.  One of the few who  didn’t look overmatched against Marlies.  Big and plays big! (Eric)
  • Would-be Team [...]Read More

Amerks Lose in Overtime; League Leading 23rd Game in Overtime

April 5, 2012 - By
Amerks Lose in Overtime; League Leading 23rd Game in Overtime

The good thing about the game on Wednesday night is that Amerks finally scored a goal after a drought of seven periods and over 147 minutes of play.  Luke Adam was in the penalty box for goaltender interference and Evan Rankin scored shorthanded for his 12th goal of the season.  One other good thing is that they played a lot better on Wednesday night than on Tuesday.

As of writing this Rochester is only seven points out of fourth place in the Western Conference right now.  The team in fourth place?  Abbotsford Heat.  Following the game on Wednesday the Amerks have played in a league leading 23 games beyond regulation time.  They have four overtime wins.  Nine overtime losses.  Six shootout wins and four shootout losses.  Turn half of those losses into wins and the Amerks are ahead of the Heat in the standings.

Tossing another ugly stat out in the air is that on Wednesday night it was the sixth time in a row that the Amerks have had a one goal lead going into the third period and ended up losing (not six consecutive games, just six games where they’ve had a lead into the 3rd).  The team [...]Read More

Video of the Friday Night Crunch Win Over the Amerks

March 17, 2012 - By
Video of the Friday Night Crunch Win Over the Amerks

The Amerks had the chance to win on Friday night but a costly turnover, failed power play attempt and a foolish penalty cost them the game.  The Crunch are in the hunt for the playoffs as much as the Amerks are and they took full advantage of every chance in the game.  The game also had a couple of fights with Travis Turnbull vs Ryan O’Marra and TJ Brennan vs Josh Brittain with Joe Finley jumping into the mix as well and squaring off with Matt Smaby.

Paul Szczechura, Evan Rankin and Colin Stuart scored the three goals for the Amerks in the 4-3 loss.  David Leggio finished the game with 31 saves.

The loss drops the Amerks back into 10th place in the current standings for their playoff push but still only three points away from fourth in the Western Conference.

Watch the highlights courtesy of the Syracuse Crunch

The Amerks continue their weekend road trip tonight in Binghamton.

View the Amerks Clear Day Roster; Drew Schiestel to the Texas Stars

March 6, 2012 - By
View the Amerks Clear Day Roster; Drew Schiestel to the Texas Stars

The biggest news of the day is that Drew Schiestel has been assigned to the Texas Stars.  He had been an odd man out defenseman for much of the season never fully recovered from a knee injury.  He also made a few costly mistakes in games and was sat out after those were made.  Based on the clear day roster released, Nick Crawford was put in his place.  Schiestel was drafted in the 2nd round/59th overall in the 2007 draft and in the final year of his three year entry level contract.  The Amerks do not appear to be getting anyone in return for Schiestel at this time otherwise they would’ve been on the clear day roster below.

A reassignment isn’t a trade, it’s just that, a reassignment.  The Sabres will still retain his rights and before they assigned him they likely advised him or his agent that they plan to walk away from his contract at the end of the season or did this just so that he could play and not sit around.

The Texas Stars are currently in last place in the Western Conference so it could be a way to keep Drew Schiestel in action instead [...]Read More

Predicting the Amerks Clear Day Roster Due at 3pm Today

March 5, 2012 - By
Predicting the Amerks Clear Day Roster Due at 3pm Today

Today is one of the more important days for all 30 teams in the American Hockey League since by 3pm a 22 man roster has to be submitted of players eligible to play for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs.  Teams can also list players as in residence to be used for players missing due to injury or recall.  This could change if any moves are made today to either loan or trade players within the AHL.

Here’s what the league says about the clear day roster:

** Each Clear Day roster consists of a maximum of 22 players. According to AHL by-laws, only those players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the 2011-12 AHL regular season and in the Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension.

** Teams may also add signed draft choices and players signed to amateur tryout contracts, provided that their respective Junior seasons are complete.

The 22 player roster is also for payouts for the playoffs.  The AHL-PHPA CBA states:

How is the Playoff Pool structured?  The distribution of the playoff pool shall be made [...]Read More

Varone and Igor Lead the Amerks to a 15 Round Shootout Win (with shootout video)

February 26, 2012 - By
Varone and Igor Lead the Amerks to a 15 Round Shootout Win (with shootout video)

A week after a horrible weekend collapse the Amerks are now on a three game winning streak heading into the month of March and the final push for the Calder Cup playoffs.  The 15 round shootout win had a bit of everything and it all came together with Igor Gongalsky winning the game in the 15th round of the shootout, one round away from the AHL record.  David Leggio was yet again fantastic with 22 saves in regulation and 13 saves in the shootout.

This was the third straight win for the Amerks and a winning streak that they haven’t had since they won four straight between December 18th and the 28th.  The win bumps the Amerks into a tie for eighth place with the Peoria Rivermen.  It also puts them just three points behind the fourth place Chicago Wolves BUT every team between the Amerks and Wolves in the standings has at least a game in hand.  It’s amazing how things can quickly turn a corner with three wins in a row.

Phil Varone had an assist on all three goals and is now leads the team in points with 36 (8G + 28A) after this game.  Varone is [...]Read More

David Leggio Leads the Amerks to a Second Straight Win

February 25, 2012 - By
David Leggio Leads the Amerks to a Second Straight Win

The Amerks are in need of a push to the playoffs and they gave themselves just that with their second win in a row on Friday night against the Adirondack Phantoms.  David Leggio played a superb game for his second shutout of the season with 27 saves.  There was also at least four or five additional saves given to the goal posts and crossbar.

The first period started getting physical with some extra shoves here and there following the whistles.  Jacob Lagace flattened Ben Holmstrom with a clean open ice hit.  Shortly after that Travis Turnbull and Ben Holmstrom shared a ‘friendly’ shoulder bump changing lines during a stoppage in play.  Matt Walker of the Phantoms also gave an extra shove on Luke Adam after a whistle.  Nothing else happened after those plays but both teams were proving they weren’t going to be pushed around.

Derek Whitmore scored the first goal and game winner at the 11 minute mark of the first period for his team leading 23rd goal of the season.  Joe Finley started the play with a long pass that bounced off of the stick of a Phantoms player and to Luke Adam.  Derek Whitmore was skating down the [...]Read More

Rolston Looks to Get Amerks Chemistry Back Together

February 16, 2012 - By
Rolston Looks to Get Amerks Chemistry Back Together

There are only 26 games left in the regular season for the Rochester Americans and it feels as if they finally have a lineup that they should have had to start the season.  The race has started and it’s going to be close down the stretch for the playoffs so it’s almost as if it could be said that a new season starts this weekend with back to back games against a divisional opponent, the Lake Erie Monsters.

I asked Rolston if it feels like this is the lineup he would’ve liked earlier in the season and he said, “In terms of players for sure, that doesnt really make a difference though in a sense that you have to make sure to play the right way.”  He went on to say, “I’ve talked about the last couple of weeks our challenge now is to get our new players and chemisty back together.  We’ve been playing with guys up and down and in different spots.  Guys injured.  Guys in out an out of the lineup.  Now that we have players back it’s good in a sense that our lineups good but we also have to make sure that we’re working hard [...]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

Drew MacIntyre Starts for the Amerks; Stuart Sent Back and a Possibility

February 10, 2012 - By
Drew MacIntyre Starts for the Amerks; Stuart Sent Back and a Possibility

The Amerks are back on home ice tonight at the War Memorial against the Texas Stars for their third of nine home games this month.  The last time the two teams met on December 17th the Stars came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 6-2.  The Amerks had a great start before giving up five goals in the second period and two short handed goals in the loss.

Rolston said they talked in special teams meetings this morning about the momentum the Stars had in their last game and to be mindful of that.  The key to the Amerks is consistency and playing a full 60 minutes.  That’s a no brainer but it’s something the team struggles with.  The Amerks also need to play disciplined hockey as well and stay out of the box.  One of the reasons the Amerks lost against Toronto this past Wednesday was because of penalties.  The Amerks gave the Marlies seven power play opportunities, one of which the Marlies scored on.  When players spend a good amount of time killing penalties it takes away from the ability to build offense and create plays.

Colin Stuart has been cleared to play by the Buffalo Sabres [...]Read More

Amerks Highlights from 3-0 Win Over the Heat on February 2

February 6, 2012 - By
Amerks Highlights from 3-0 Win Over the Heat on February 2

The Amerks started the month of February on a good note with a 3-0 win over the Abbotsford Heat on February 2nd.  For a full recap of the two games against the Heat you can read that here.

Goaltender David Leggio also debuted his new mask at this game, you can read about that here.

Thanks to YouTube and forums user Disengage for recording these to share.

Nick Crawford opens the scoring against the Abbotsford Heat. Assist to Marcus Foligno.

Joe Finley fights Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond after boarding Brayden McNabb.

Phil Varone scores a shorthanded goal assisted by Marcus Foligno

David Leggio makes a save on a shorthanded breakaway by Carter Bancks

Travis Turnbull scores on a rebound for the Amerks’ first power play goal in 31 attempts. Assists to Brayden McNabb and Paul Szczechura