Posts Tagged ‘Michael Ryan’

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: Amerks on the Road in Binghamton

October 29, 2011 - By
Gameday: Amerks on the Road in Binghamton

The Amerks are on the road tonight in Binghamton looking to kill their four game winless streak against the reigning Calder Cup Champions.  Even though the Amerks are on a losing streak they’ve managed to earn points in three out of four of those games.  After tonights game the Amerks will be back home to practice and then go back again to Binghamton next Friday.

Looking at the positives, the Amerks know they’re missing a couple of key players that could make a difference in the roster but they continue to stay competitive in games and are finding ways to score.  Players like Michael Ryan and Paul Szczechura out of the lineup are forcing others to move up in roles that they are not be ready for.  Things are headed in the right direction, they’re not being embarrassed on the ice night in and night out.

The Amerks coaching staff see’s positive signs with what they have and will continue to coach to that.  Rolston immediately said no when asked if there have been any talks with the Buffalo Sabres to make changes to the roster to improve it.  They understand the veteran element is missing that could help lead [...]Read More

Gameday: Amerks at Bulldogs; Mike Ryan Injury

October 27, 2011 - By
Gameday: Amerks at Bulldogs; Mike Ryan Injury

The Amerks start a four game road trip (with stops back home in between) tonight in Hamilton to play the Bulldogs for the third time in three weeks.  The Bulldogs have won both games, the first game was 5-2 and second game was a 3-2 win in the shootout.  The Amerks need to find a way to split Hamilton’s defense and when they do that they’ll be able to find ways to score.

The Bulldogs will have a different lineup than last Friday when they were here.  Their top scorer Brock Trotter was traded and Aaron Palushaj and Mike Blunden are called up to the Canadiens.

Rochester is 15th in the league on the power play, Hamilton is 4th.  On the penalty kill Rochester is 7th, Hamilton is 6th.  Special teams will play a role in the game tonight as they did last week with each team scoring a power play goal.

The game is at 7:30pm Eastern Time and can be heard on 1280 WHTK or watch online for $6.99 at

A few other things:

** It’s David Leggio’s turn in net.  Is this good competition for the goalies or are they both being hurt not getting consecutive [...]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

Team Effort by Amerks Leads to Shootout Win (Video included)

October 19, 2011 - By
Team Effort by Amerks Leads to Shootout Win (Video included)

What we have here folks is a nice three game winning streak!  The Amerks played 60 minutes of hockey where we saw them come back from a two goal deficit to defeat the Syracuse Crunch 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday night.  Jacob Lagace scored the first goals for the Amerks followed by the tying goal at 15:02 of the third period on the power play by Nick Crawford.  Derek Whitmore and Jonathan Parker scored in the shootout to secure the win with David Leggio playing a key role in net for the team.

The Amerks have tomorrow off before geting back to practice on Thursday ahead of three games in three nights this weekend.

The game started out rough with the Syracuse Crunch going up 2-0 within the first six minutes of the game after costly turnovers by Corey Tropp and Travis Turnbull on the first goal and TJ Brennan on the second.

Kyle Palmieri scored the first goal of the game after the turnover by sniping the puck into the top corner after he faked out Leggio making it look like he was about to pass the puck.

“First one was a terrible goal.  Bad goal, short side, [...]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

Amerks Start the Season Tonight at Bulldogs

October 8, 2011 - By
Amerks Start the Season Tonight at Bulldogs

The wait is finally over, the Rochester Americans will begin the 2011-2012 season tonight on the road against the Hamilton Bulldogs.  The game is scheduled to start at 7:00pm in Copps Coliseum, you can listen to the game on 1280 WHTK or visit and pay $6.99.

A lot has happened in the off season.  The Buffalo Sabres bought the Amerks (read here, and here, and here).  Terry Pegula wrote a letter with the goal of winning a Calder Cup.  They signed free agent goaltender Drew MacIntyre to lead from the net.  Derek Whitmore and Colin Stuart were signed to continue to be leaders on the offense.  Former Amerk and Buffalo Sabre Michael Ryan was also signed to add a scoring touch.  Oh and season tickets are only $10 per game.  There’s a lot more as well but that’s just a start.

As fans we’re anxious to get the season started and so are the players.

From today’s Democrat and Chronicle:

However, after a month of nothing but greaseboards, video and drills, it gets a little old. So forgive the Amerks if they’re just a bit anxious tonight for the first real puck drop of their [...]Read More

Video and Updates from Amerks Morning Practice

October 6, 2011 - By
Video and Updates from Amerks Morning Practice

The Amerks spent a lot of time during practice today working on full line drills, really getting into game day mode.  One line that appeared to be getting more time than others was Derek Whitmore, Travis Turnbull and Zack Kassian.  Some other line combinations were Michael Ryan, Colin Stuart and Mark Voakes.. Marcus Foligno and Phil Varone were often paired up with a rotating right winger.. Colin Stuart was also paired with Corey Tropp and Michael Ryan as well.   I’ll get a better look on Friday morning at the different lines and who seems to be sticking together.

On the defensive side, Brayden McNabb and Joe Finley, Nick Crawford and Shaone Morrisonn, Drew Schiestel and TJ Brennan (Brennan also worked with Alex Biega) were all often paired up.  At times Finley also worked with Morrisonn and Biega.

What does all of that really tell us?  They’re still working on creating lines ahead of the first game of the season.  Derek Whitmore and Zack Kassian seemed to be the two players always on the same line with a different center.

Maxime Legault and Paul Szczechura were the only players that I noticed were not on the ice.  Kyle Bocheck also [...]Read More