Posts Tagged ‘Jordan Henry’

Amerks Hold on Tight and Defeat Marlies in Shootout

April 10, 2010 - By

The Rochester Americans got the job done on Friday night defeating the Toronto Marlies to clinch home ice advantage for their first round in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs.  It may not have been pretty as the Amerks gave up a three goal lead but they found a way to get the job done, and that seems to have been the story of the season.

There’s a couple different ways to look at the game.  One of which is that it was an ugly victory and not the way you want to play during game #79 heading into the playoffs.  Another way to look at it is that the Amerks had four players who’ve played under 10 professional games, are still missing a lot of others and that they fulfilled their goal of making the playoffs with a much needed win.

One game remains on the regular season schedule and that’s Saturday evening on the road against the Syracuse Crunch.  According to Chris Taylor just because the team has clinched the playoffs and home ice don’t expect the team to take the night off.

“It’s good to see that even though we only played a solid period tonight we found [...]Read More

A Few Items from Amerks Morning Skate and Pink Boards

April 9, 2010 - By

The Amerks just finished up their typical morning skate at Blue Cross Arena prior to the last regular season home game tonight against the Toronto Marlies.  Once the Amerks get at leats one point or the Abbotsford Heat lose a game the dates for the first home games of the playoffs will be officially announced.

A couple of quick updates:

Alexander Salak is going to be getting the start in net.

Rory Fitzpatrick is playing.  It’ll be his last regular season home game prior to retiring but like everyone else hopes to be playing into the month of June.

Mathieu Roy is back on the ice practicing but not ready to play.  He said his ankle is, “getting there.”

John de Gray appears to be sitting out another one with an “upper body injury.”

There’s a lot of dangers in covering hockey, especially sitting near the glass either where my seats are.  A couple seasons ago the blade of someones stick broke and it came flying over the glass but I was paying attention and able to catch it.  A friend was hit in the head with a puck during warmups once and had to get a couple of [...]Read More

Griffins Double Up Amerks to Halt Winning Streak

April 8, 2010 - By

The Amerks had the odds stacked against them against Grand Rapids with majority of the teams defense either called up or injured.  The Griffins were able to score six goals against the Amerks in their 6-3 win which also denied the Amerks the chance to clinch home ice advantage.  The magic number is now one point.  The Amerks need either one point in one of their last two games to clinch home ice.  The other possibility is that they need the Abbotsford Heat to lose once in regulation in one their final two games.

Jordan Henry and Michael Caruso were the teams top two defensemen on Wednesday and had assistance from Luke Beaverson, Matt Duffy, Carl Hudson and Corey Syvret.  Those guys work hard at what they do but that’s more of an ECHL calibre defense than that of a 2nd place AHL team.  Rory Fitzpatrick did not make the trip, I assume he’s resting up his groin for the weekend.

Here’s the teams official recap:

For Immediate Release
April 7, 2010


(Rochester, NY)… The Grand Rapids Griffins scored twice in each period en route to a 6-3 win over the [...]Read More

Plante and Mink Lead Amerks to Win Against Bears

April 3, 2010 - By

Tyler Plante made 32 saves, including this excellent save pictured above on Alexandre Giroux, to lead the Amerks to a 3-1 win over the Hershey Bears in a rare Friday night win.  A two goal performance by Graham Mink and an empty net goal by Mike York was enough for the offense to keep the Amerks ahead the entire game.

As the game went on and the 4,789 fans in attendance became more and more aware that the team could just pull out a win it became louder and sounded more like a crowd of over 7,000.  A 60 minute performance by every player on the team led to a win over the AHL’s number one team, the Hershey Bears.

After the game Amerks head coach Benoit Groulx said he thought it was the teams best 60 minute performance this season.  It only took 75 games to get that performance but now is the time to do that heading into the playoffs.

Graham Mink seems to be back into his groove with two goals on Friday night and he also had two assists this past Wednesday against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Tyler Plante said that it felt like playoff [...]Read More

Hudson and Henry Fight Videos vs Marlies

March 29, 2010 - By

In his first professional game Carl Hudson dropped the gloves with Andre Deveaux of the Toronto Marlies.  Hudson had just skated by Jesse Blacker of the Marlies and looked like he had just barely hit him but it also looked at the time like there was an elbow involved.  Immediately after Deveaux went after Hudson which gave him an extra instigator penalty and a 10 minute misconduct.

If you have to call a winner it clearly goes to Deveaux but Hudson deserves credit for the big hit.  The extra penalty given to Deveaux resulted in an Amerks power play and a goal by Jeff Taffe to give the Amerks a 3-1 lead at the time.

Towards the end of the second period Jordan Henry and Phil Oreskovic must have decided they had enough chirping when they agreed to fight after a face off.  You can watch what leads up to the fight or skip to about the :55 second mark to see the fight itself.

Enjoy and share!

Marlies Capitalize on Amerks Bad Defensive Game to Win

March 29, 2010 - By

The Rochester Americans had a chance to clinch a spot in the playoffs on Sunday afternoon if they defeated the Toronto Marlies and the Lake Erie Monsters lost in regulation to the San Antonio Rampage.  Former Rochester American forward Stefan Meyer and the Rampage did their part defeating the Monsters in the final 90 seconds but unfortunately the Amerks lost in a shootout, their first shootout loss of the season.

“Last night (7-3 win over the Marlies) I thought we played a pretty solid game and today i thought we played one period,” Benoit Groulx said about the game which also summarizes this team.  Inconsistent.

Tyler Plante played another great game for the Amerks making 40 saves and is certainly making the case for himself to be the goalie in the final six games and possibly into the post season.  Two of the Marlies three goals were tipped in and the third he had no help from the defense as Andre Deveraux walked right in front of the net.  Almost 15 minutes after the game ended he was still sitting in his stall with his pads on, a sure sign he was not happy with the outcome of the [...]Read More

Amerks Win with an Early Goal and Penalty Killing

March 25, 2010 - By

When the Lake Erie Monsters scored only 1:40 into the third period to make it a one goal game I became a little worried.  The Amerks held on to a 2-0 lead for the previous 39 minutes and with this team you never know what could happen, so a third period meltdown was on my mind.  That did not happen and Mike York scored a power play goal at 17:34 of the third to solidify the win.

A big issue this past weekend was the penalty killing.  The Amerks gave the Monsters eight power play opportunities and were able to kill off every one of them.  A great improvement over last weekends six power play goals against.

Evgeny Dadonov scored his 15th goal of the season only 34 seconds into the game, assisted by Clay Wilson.  Only two minutes and four seconds later Jordan Henry found the back of the net for his 12th of the season to give the Amerks that 2-0 lead they would hold onto until the third period.  Dadonov and Beaverson assisted on his goal.

Based off the sound of the game from Don Stevens the 24 save performance by Tyler Plante was an impressive one.

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Weekend Recap: Two Losses, A Goalie Scored and Steiner Sent to Reading

March 22, 2010 - By

The Amerks lost two games on the road this weekend and sent Daniel Steiner back to Reading.  That’s the weekend in one sentence.  I took the weekend off from watching Amerks hockey and apparently I did not miss all that much but felt the need to write a recap of the weekend.

** Daniel Steiner has been sent back (technically loaned) to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.  Steiner had spent the first part of the season with the Royals after he was not able to land a job in the NHL or AHL.  He is signed to a contract with the Amerks which is why he was technically loaned.  Steiner is considered a veteran and with the other veterans healthy he was the odd man out.  It’s better for him to get playing time than sitting out every game here.  (Prev article: Steiner is Living the Dream)

** The Amerks lost 4-2 on Friday against the Binghamton Senators.  If you look at the final stat sheet you’ll see that B-Sens goalie Chris Holt scored an empty net power play goal.  Yes, a goalie scored against the Amerks.  The Senators had a three goal lead until Graham Mink [...]Read More

Rats Never Back Down and Defeat Amerks

March 13, 2010 - By

The Amerks did something they have not been able to do for a while, play an entertaining home game.  Unfortunately the game went downhill as it went on and they ended up losing.  Albany scored a power play goal at 7:04 of the third period to take a 4-3 lead and from that point on they controlled the game.

Tyler Plante talked about that fourth goal after the game and said that he went to raise his blocker and it got caught on the pants of a player to the side of him.

Rewinding a bit, the Amerks got on the scoreboard at 5:39 of first when Chris Taylor scored his 13th goal of the season.  Evgeny Dadonov fed a great pass to the front of the net where Taylor put it in with a slap shot.

Mike Duco went in the penalty box for throwing a punch and on that power play Drayson Bowman scored for the Rats to tie the game 1-1.

Jordan Henry put the Amerks back in the lead scoring a power play goal of his own at 17:28 in the first.  Mike York made a great pass through the middle of the ice [...]Read More

Amerks Break Friday Night Curse; Gameday at Hamilton

February 27, 2010 - By

The Rochester Americans finally broke their Friday night curse with a home win against the Grand Rapids Griffins.  Their previous home win on a Friday night dated back to November 27th.  That’s about the time the season took a slump, slide, or you could even call it evening out.  A Friday night win gets a three game weekend kicked off with a sense of confidence instead of doubt.

The difference maker in Fridays game was Mike York.  It’s now obvious the team really missed him while he was out of the lineup (do the list of possible reasons even matter anymore?  I don’t think so).  Mike Duco scored a power play goal at 3:26 of the first period on the power play to give the Amerks an early 1-0 lead.  The goal was possible because York had faked a shot and instead sent the pass over to Duco who put it in the net.  After the game Duco said that he knew York saw him so he was expecting the pass.

Jordan Henry scored the third goal of the game for the Amerks at 10:51 of the second period on the power play that gave the Amerks a 3-1 lead.  [...]Read More

Gameday: Amerks vs Moose, Going for 2k Wins

February 16, 2010 - By

The Amerks start a five gome home stand tonight with three of the five games against North Division opponents. The division is getting closer and teams are trying to move ahead of Rochester in the standings.

Alexander Salak will get the start tonight vs the Manitoba Moose. Based on the last players out on the ice this morning Jimmy Bonneau and Jordan Henry could be healthy scratches again.

Why those two are being scratched again I have no idea. It could be discussed further but I’ll stay positive since it’s a gameday.

The game plan should be simple, stay out of the penalty box and play with the same excitement as Saturday night and good things will happen.

I did not go in the back hall way after practice but most of the local TV stations were here to probably ask about the team going for their 2,000th franchise win.

Puck drops at 7:05pm, Let’s Go Amerks!

Panthers Call Up Keaton Ellerby

February 6, 2010 - By

Keaton Ellerby packed his bags last night to travel to Atlanta today for the Panthers vs Thrashers game. Whether he makes it to the game with weather issues on the East Coast or if they even need him is another story.

Not a bad reward for a poor effort in Friday nights loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Ellerby can be blamed for the Bulldogs second goal on the powerplay when he left his man alone to the side of the net. Later in the game he was assessed a double minor for high sticking and the Bulldogs were able to score then as well.

The pickings are slim for the Panthers with Garrison still hurt. If I was Jordan Henry I would be feeling a little neglected at this point. Henry is a team best plus-15 and trails Ellerby by only one point. Henry has been consistent on the ice this season but it appears that management notices something different.

Clay Wilson signed a two year deal with the Panthers and is on a one way contract for next season but his name is rarely mentioned.

Michael Caruso is just returning from injury.

Rory Fitzpatrick is [...]Read More