Posts Tagged ‘Matt MacKenzie’

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

Video Highlights of Amerks 3-1 Win Over the Senators

March 10, 2012 - By
Video Highlights of Amerks 3-1 Win Over the Senators

The Amerks need every win they can get and continued to do that on Friday night with a 3-1 win over the Binghamton Senators to move into eighth place, at least for the time being.  Paul Szczechura, Luke Adam and Derek Whitmore are three players the Amerks need to rely on for scoring and they did just that scoring Friday night for the win.

There’s 16 regular season games left and every game and every point counts with only six points separating 3rd place and 11th place in the Western Conference.  The same two teams play again tonight and even though the Binghamton Senators are in last place they are not a team to be taken for granted.  As long as the Amerks play the same way they did on Friday night they should finish the weekend with four points.

Thanks again to Kevin Wright / Disengage for capturing and uploading the videos!

Here’s the highlights:

Travis Turnbull and Mark Borowiecki drop the mitts in the first period of the game between the Rochester Amerks and the Binghamton Senators.

Mike Hoffman collides with David Leggio and the net in the first period of the game between the Rochester Amerks and Binghamton Senators.

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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

Amerks Look for Back to Back Wins vs Marlies; MacKenzie Up from Gwinnett

March 4, 2012 - By
Amerks Look for Back to Back Wins vs Marlies; MacKenzie Up from Gwinnett

The Amerks are back at home tonight at 6:05pm against the Toronto Marlies for the second of a home and home series.  The Amerks beat the Marlies 2-1 on Saturday afternoon in Toronto, Paul Szczechura scored the game winning goal at 8:57 of the third period on the power play.  Brayden McNabb passed the puck to Szczechura at the Amerks blue line and Szczechura went straight down the ice past three Marlies to score on the breakaway.  David Leggio had 21 saves in the win.  Evan Rankin had scored the first goal for the Amerks when he was parked in front of the Marlies net and put away a rebound off a shot that Phil Varone took.

Ron Rolston told the D&C:

“We were putting pressure on them (on the previous power plays) and didn’t get a lot of great looks,” Amerks coach Ron Rolston said. “(On the goal) we got a breakout and on the entry we got the puck in middle. It was a great individual effort by Paul. Just what we needed to get us a win tonight.”

Marcus Foligno was called up on Saturday afternoon by the Sabres as an extra forward in Vancouver, he [...]Read More

Szydlowski Back to the Amerks; MacKenzie and Fienhage to Gwinnett

February 29, 2012 - By
Szydlowski Back to the Amerks; MacKenzie and Fienhage to Gwinnett

Three minor moves this week for the Amerks moving players to and from the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Matt MacKenzie was finally cleared to play after missing 34 games with the Amerks and was sent to the Gladiators.  He had his leg sliced open by a skate in December and after a long recovery is finally ready for action again.  This was the first season for the rookie and has an entry level contract signed through the 2013-2014 season so we’ll see him again next season.

Corey Fienhage was also sent to the Gladiators after playing the role of the extra defenseman for most of the season for the Amerks.  In 17 games Fienhage had four assits and 20 penalty minutes.  He’s a defenseman who tries to use his size but at times was overmatched in the AHL.  He was only signed to an AHL contract.

Shawn Szydlowski also sent out a tweet that he’s headed back to Rochester.  In the past six games with the Gladiators he has scored one goal and also has three assists.

A few important dates related to the ECHL:

March 2012

5th AHL Clear Day Roster Deadline and AHL/ECHL Recall Deadline

7th Recall/Assignment Deadline (11:59 p.m. local [...]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

Amerks Injury Updates; A Healthy Future is Near

February 7, 2012 - By
Amerks Injury Updates; A Healthy Future is Near

It’s probably safe to say that every hockey fan in Western New York is tired of hearing about injuries.  The Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans are slowly returning to health though and will hopefully stay that way.

For the Amerks, Corey Tropp is set to return on Wednesday morning against the Toronto Marlies. Tropp has been out since early January with his concussion issues. He has missed 10 games since the injury.

Colin Stuart injured his knee while on recall with the Buffalo Sabres in mid December. Since that injury and when he probably would’ve returned to Rochester the Amerks have been without him for 18 games. Best case scenario is that Stuart returns this Friday but definitely by February 17th assuming he doesn’t have a set back.  He has been skating on his own and returned to practice with the Buffalo Sabres today.  Once he’s cleared to play he’ll be sent back to the Amerks (assuming the Sabres don’t have anymore injuries).

And then there’s Michael Ryan. The word is that he’ll play on Wednesday morning as well. We’ve heard this three or four times already. Ryan has missed 43 games this season with an above the shoulders [...]Read More

Update and Info about Matt MacKenzie Injury

February 3, 2012 - By
Update and Info about Matt MacKenzie Injury

Matt MacKenzie is a defenseman on the Rochester Americans roster that only played 15 games up until his nasty injury on December 3rd against the Hamilton Bulldogs in which he had his leg cut wide open.  Lisa McRitchie who writes for the Oil Patch on Kukla’s Korner recently caught up with MacKenzie and wrote the following below.  He’s expecting to be back on the ice in a couple of weeks and will slowly work towards getting back into game shape.

Sadly, this was not a simple nostalgic trip to Calgary. Instead, Mackenzie has been recovering from a laceration to his quad suffered in a game in Hamilton on December 3rd.

“It was just a weird play,” Mackenzie said of the injury. “We both fell and I didn’t know that I had fallen on his skate at first. We fell and my whole leg went numb so I knew that something was wrong.

“I went to the bench and I saw the blood on my socks and I got rushed to the trainer’s room.  I went right to hospital. They looked at me and did a surgery. They did another surgery when I got back to Rochester.

“Five weeks of [...]Read More

Injury Updates but No Timeframe for Ryan, MacKenzie or Rankin

January 11, 2012 - By
Injury Updates but No Timeframe for Ryan, MacKenzie or Rankin

As of writing this there are three Rochester Americans players still out with injuries, Michael Ryan, Matt MacKenzie and Evan Rankin.  I guess we could also include Colin Stuart on this list even though he’s still on the Sabres roster and has not been sent back down yet.  So here’s a quick update on these guys:

Michael Ryan has only played in three games this season and there’s still no timeframe for his return.  He has been back on the ice trying to get back into shape but when I recently asked Ron Rolston if that meant he’ll be ready to play when he is in shape he said no.  The team would love to have him playing.  Ryan would love to be playing but it’s just not close to happening.  Exactly what’s wrong?  Still no idea.  Rolston hasn’t shared any information and I get the idea talking to him that they don’t know either.  Unless anything changes with Ryan, like we see him on the ice in full contact practice, this will be the last update saying there’s no update.

Matt MacKenzie was injured on December 3 on the road in a game against the Hamilton Bulldogs and is [...]Read More

Gameday: Maturing Amerks Hit the Road Again; Morrisonn and Tropp Return

January 6, 2012 - By
Gameday: Maturing Amerks Hit the Road Again; Morrisonn and Tropp Return

The Amerks hit the road again for the start of a busy almost second half of the season.  They’ll be playing three games in three nights starting tonight against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and then Binghamton Senators and then closing out the weekend against the Hershey Bears on Sunday.  The team will play every Friday and Saturday night until April 6th which is the second to last weekend of the season.  This will also be one of five sets of three games in three nights to finish the season.

Last weekend the Amerks ended the year one point behind the Toronto Marlies for first place in the division and here we are a week later and the Amerks are now six points behind them and ninth place in the conference.  It’s not October or November anymore, this is the time of season when points start to have a lot more meaning when it comes to the playoffs.  There are 43 games remaining and there’s only four points separating the Amerks from where they are in ninth place to the Hamilton Bulldogs in 13th.

The Rochester Americans have been maturing as the season goes on which is great instead of a quick [...]Read More

Gameday Notes: Amerks vs Bulldogs; Big Crowd Expected

December 30, 2011 - By
Gameday Notes: Amerks vs Bulldogs; Big Crowd Expected

The Amerks have a chance to take first back first place in the North Division with a win tonight over the Hamilton Bulldogs, a team they’ve had difficulty beating so far in six games this season.  The Bulldogs have 12 wins this season and five of those have been against the Rochester Americans.  Both teams are playing improved hockey lately so it should be a competitive game starting at 7:35 at the War Memorial.

Rochester is on a four game winning streak having just defeated the Oklahoma City Barons in a shootout and overtime.  They handed the Lake Erie Monsters a 4-1 loss last Wednesday and almost two weeks ago defeated the Houston Aeros on the road.  The winning streak has the Amerks within one point of first place in the North Division and thanks to a Toronto Marlies loss on Thursday they have a chance to move up.  They’re a young team finding ways to win through injuries, call ups and overall simply working as a team.

Hamilton on the other hand has won six of their last 10 games and picked up points in eight of those games.  On Monday the Toronto Marlies were winning 3-0 at the [...]Read More