Posts Tagged ‘Lake Erie Monsters’

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

Ok, THIS is It Tonight. Amerks Win and They are In.

April 14, 2012 - By
Ok, THIS is It Tonight. Amerks Win and They are In.

The Amerks had no problems handing the Syracuse Crunch a loss on Friday night and it’s now come down to tonight, the last game of the regular season against the Lake Erie Monsters.  It’s simple, the Amerks win in regulation or even in overtime and they’re in the playoffs.  The Monsters win and they’re in the playoffs. For the scenarios broken down click here.

Play a full 60 minute game like they did on Friday night and the win should come.  They had puck movement.  They scored goals.  They had hits.  They had fights.  They had defense that didn’t allow too many quality scoring chances on David Leggio.

Keeping it simple, the team knows how important the game is and none of them want the season to end.  They’ll have some support in Cleveland with the Amerks Booster Club going to the game with about 24 people and then a number of other fans are making the trip as well.

Short and simple, WIN THE GAME!

The only way to watch the game (other than traveling) is to pay $6.99 on for the feed.  You can also listen on WHTK 1280AM.

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

The Time is Now for the Amerks after a Weekend Collapse

February 22, 2012 - By
The Time is Now for the Amerks after a Weekend Collapse

The Amerks started this past weekend with a great 6-2 win over the Lake Erie Monsters as a team that looked like it could be on the right path.  What happened after that game though is a different story.  They were outplayed on Saturday night and lost 3-1 to the Monsters to close out the home and home.  The game on Sunday started on the right path with the Ameks putting two goals past the Bulldogs and piling up 20 shots.  After that is a different story.  The Hamilton Bulldogs came out in the second period and thoroughly embarrassed the Amerks in a 7-3 win.  That’s all that really needs to be discussed about those horrid games.

So, what happens tonight against the Hershey Bears?  It’ll be interesting to see.  The last time the two teams played the Amerks were down 2-0 heading into the third period and scored three goals to force the game into a shootout where they lost.  It’s almost hard to believe that a real rivalry used to exist between the Amerks and Bears, two of the oldest hockey franchises in North America.  That was before the AHL grew bigger and separated the teams in the [...]Read More

2012 AHL Western Conference Playoff Race and Projections

February 16, 2012 - By

This post will be updated daily and can be easily found on the right sidebar of the site at any time.

Updated: Updated through 4/13/2012

If the Amerks WIN in regulation/OT in Cleveland they clinch a playoff berth as long as Houston doesn’t win both of their games in regulation/OT by as of now 10+ goals. If we just win in shootout, we’d need Houston to not win both games in regulation/OT OR for (Milwaukee OR Charlotte) not to BOTH get 3/4 points. Could have to wait until Sunday night for final confirmation.

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* Projected Division Winners – Automatic Playoff Spot/Top Seed

Grit, Guts and Goaltending Leads to Amerks 4-1 Win

December 22, 2011 - By
Grit, Guts and Goaltending Leads to Amerks 4-1 Win

The story leading up to the Rochester Americans vs Lake Erie Monsters game on Wednesday night was that the Amerks were short on players with what seems like half the team up with the Buffalo Sabres.  On paper there wasn’t much hope for the game considering they’re a squad that at times has had problems scoring goals and they were about to face the American Hockey League’s best goaltender in Cedrick Desjardins.  No one should deny that the current Amerks roster has it’s challenges against other top teams in the league but one thing is certain, this team works hard and puts everything they have out on the ice and they proved that again with a 4-1 win over the Lake Erie Monsters.

“I give a lot of credit to our guys coming back from Texas and being able to bounce back at home and put the effort there,” said Head Coach Ron Rolston.  “I think they did that tonight so we were very happy with that.” (from the Amerks press release)

Drew MacIntyre had a solid night in net for the Amerks and besides the one goal allowed he made a number of big time saves, including a glove [...]Read More

Amerks Score Some Goals and Record Their First Win

October 14, 2011 - By
Amerks Score Some Goals and Record Their First Win

The Amerks played it simple, score goals to take a lead instead of trying to play catch up and it resulted in their first win of the season.  Once the team had the lead they definitely appeared to play with more confidence than as seen during the first two games of the season.

Greg Mauldin scored at 16:06 of the first period to give the Lake Erie Monsters the 1-0 lead to end the first period.

Michael Ryan scored a goal assisted by Corey Tropp at 5:08 of the 2nd to tie the game 1-1.

TJ Brennan scored the game winning goal on the power play at 16:54 of the second period, assists went to Corey Tropp and Michael Ryan.  Brennan scored the goal going to the net.

Derek Whitmore scored his first goal of the season for the Amerks at 7:38 of the third, assisted by Nick Crawford and Mark Voakes.

Updated: Credit for the goal was changed and given to Zack Kassian, assisted by Derek Whitmore and Nick Crawford.

I wish I could give more details on the goals but missed each of them and the Lake Erie Monsters don’t believe in showing replays of anything.

David Leggio [...]Read More

Gameday: Amerks at Monsters, Scoring Will be a Necessity

October 14, 2011 - By
Gameday: Amerks at Monsters, Scoring Will be a Necessity

The Rochester Americans are about to face off against the Lake Erie Monsters, you can listen to the game live on WHTK 1280AM 107.3FM or  Both teams have lost their first two games and are looking for their first win of the season.  In two losses the Amerks have have tallied an amazing 10 goals against and only scoring three.  The Monsters have had three goals scored against and only one for.

If you’re watching on AHLLive or listening here’s the roster sheet for tonight.

We do know that scratches for the Amerks due to injuries will be Paul Szczechura, Drew Schiestel, Jacob Lagace, Maxime Legault and possibly Dennis Persson.  The starting goalie will be up in the air, both Drew MacIntyre and David Leggio will want to make up for their losses.

The key to winning this game is going to be to score some goals.  It’s that simple.  To win you have to score.  The defense will also need to play much better to prevent quality chances from the Monsters.

Who’s going to score these goals?  That’s still anyone’s guess at this time.

The Buffalo Sabres have their home opener tonight so it’s doubtful too many eyes [...]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

There’s Always the Next Game.. Amerks Winless in 6 Straight

January 21, 2011 - By
There’s Always the Next Game.. Amerks Winless in 6 Straight

Kenndal McArdle scored a short handed goal two minutes into the second period and gave a glimpse of hope that maybe the losing streak would end.  Unfortunately the Amerks couldn’t hold on as the Monsters scored with five minutes left in regulation and then won the game in overtime.

The Monsters outshot the Amerks by a tally of 14-3 in the first period and then 19-5 in the third period.  WTF??  How do only three shots get through at a goalie in 20 minutes?  That does not even seem possible, leave it to the Amerks.  At least they kept it close out shooting Lake Erie 11-7 in the second period.

There’s always Friday night in Syracuse.  Or maybe Saturday in Hershey?  Doubtful.. but as a fan I’ll always be hopeful.

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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Gameday: Amerks at Cleveland, Thoughts from Groulx and Johnson

March 24, 2010 - By

There’s only 10 games left in the regular season and that sense of excitement and urgency around this Amerks team heading into the final push for the playoffs still seems to be missing.  They have a challenge on their hands tonight as they take on the Lake Erie Monsters on the road, a place they’ve already lost three times this season.

The Moose got within two points of the Amerks with a win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday and they play again tonight.  The Hamilton Bulldogs have first place in the North Division locked up.  The real battle now is for the second spot and home ice advantage in the first round.  That is still up for grabs to the Amerks, Moose, and Heat.

With the Monsters and Marlies both playing decent hockey recently they are two teams that could find a way to sneak in as well.  Three out of the final 10 games for the Amerks is against the Marlies.  With other games against Hershey, Hamilton, and Binghamton it could be time to really hit the panic button.

After practice on Tuesday when Benoit Groulx was asked about getting into playoff mode here’s his response:

I think [...]Read More