Posts Tagged ‘Mike York’

Amerks Win Gives Them a Commanding 3-1 Series Lead

April 22, 2010 - By

The Rochester Americans lit up the scoreboard on Wednesday night with four power play goals in a 6-1 win over the Abbotsford Heat to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.  Rochester could win the series with a win on Friday night.  Ever since the game one loss last Thursday I don’t think anyone would have predicted the Amerks would be scoring goals like they are.

Well, David Shantz has been the starting goalie for the Heat so it’s not that far fetched.

Tyler Plante stopped 46 of 47 shots on Wednesday night.

The Amerks have outscored the Heat 18-6 since last Thursday and just about every player on the Amerks roster is producing points in this series.  They’re playing the way a team should play in the playoffs.  Ignoring game one, they’ve done a decent job not taking as many dumb penalties.  They’ve scored big goals in the second period to build leads.  They’ve had strong goaltending.  They’ve played physical and proved that they could not be pushed around.

The chemistry that this team had back in October as they won game after game is back.

Here’s the scoring:

1. RCH Johnson, (1) (Garrison, Matthias), 8:49 (PP)
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Huge 8 to 4 Win for the Amerks in Game 3

April 20, 2010 - By

The Amerks got out to a slow start on Monday night on the road against the Abbotsford Heat but came back in a big way ending the game with an 8-4 win.  Abbotsford had a 2-1 lead up until 8:03 of the second period when Shawn Matthias tied the game and that opened up the scoring.  By the end of the game  Shawn Matthias, Graham Mink and Clay Wilson each had two goals and Mike York and Jason Garrison each had three assists.

The win gives the Amerks a 2-1 lead in the series heading into the next game on Wednesday night.  The win also guarantee’s at least one more Amerks home game whether it’s the end of this series or the next round.  Keep the ice cold and the locker room doors unlocked, the Amerks will be coming back home!

I wrote prior to game one that Shawn Matthias has the big game experiences this time of year and it doesn’t come down to just the veterans and he’s proving that.  Mike York and Graham Mink are also playing huge but Matthias has been the one to step up in these past two games.

David Shantz was pulled [...]Read More

Hard Nosed Hockey Leads Amerks to Tie Series

April 18, 2010 - By

Saturday night in Rochester was the definition of playoff hockey.  The Rochester Americans defeated the Abbotsford Heat in game 2 on Saturday night, an excellent rebound of a game from the way they played on Thursday night.

“It’s playoff hockey and both teams were trying to set the tone and trying to get the teams going,” Shawn Matthias said.  “It’s going to be a long series so we wanted to show them we’re not scared of them.  If you watch they’re always starting things after every whistle so we’re responding well and trying to play a hard nosed style.”

That’s not a style of hockey the Amerks have had to play every other night but it’s what they’re going to have to do in this seven game series against the Abbotsford Heat.

“We knew we needed to win this game,” Tyler Plante said talking about the game.  “Tonight it really felt like playoff hockey, we worked hard for 60 minutes and I really give the team credit for that.”

Plante was excellent in net and proved he should have been the starter to begin with in this playoff series.  The only goal scored on him in this series was not [...]Read More

Regular Season Mistakes Sink the Amerks in Game 1

April 16, 2010 - By

Benoit Groulx made the decision to start rookie goaltender Alexander Salak in the first game of the 2010 playoffs for the Rochester Americans and the decision back fired on him.  The Heat scored three first period goals against Salak and that was enough for him, he was pulled after the first period and replaced by Tyler Plante who had a two period shutout.

Tyler Plante was the hot goalie down the stretch and will get the start on Saturday night for game 2.  Just about everyone in attendance was wondering why that did not happen in the first place.

The Heat had 11 power play opportunities, the Amerks had eight.  Both teams scored two power play goals.  The penalties were an issue but both teams had plenty of chances, the difference was playing at even strength and the Heat had that advantage scoring a goal only 35 seconds into the game.  Rochester was not able to recover from that at all.

Chris Taylor could have wrote this article in one sentence with his comment saying, “One bad period really cost us the game.”

The Abbotsford Heat also deserve credit for a well played and well coached game.  They got [...]Read More

Round 1 Preview of the Amerks vs Heat

April 14, 2010 - By

The Amerks begin their run for the Calder Cup on Thursday night against the Abbotsford Heat in I’m guaranteeing will be a great round of hockey.  The two teams met four times during the regular season with the Heat winning three of those games but the teams that played each other during the regular season are not the same teams playing now in the playoffs.

Only one of the four games was a “blowout” where the Heat were the clear winners and that was on December 5th when the Amerks had Chris Beckford-Tseu in net.  Chris Taylor had also been kicked out of that game half way through the first period.  The defense was also without Rory Fitzpatrick at the time.

In other words, the four previous games do not really mean anything heading into the first round.

“They play hard, a lot of fast little forwards that finish their checks,” Jeff Taffe said talking about the Heat this past Friday.  “It’s something we have to battle through and expect.”

Speed has not been a redeeming quality of the Amerks this season so slowing down the Heat will be one of many keys to the Amerks winning some games.

Every [...]Read More

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

Amerks vs Marlies Shootout and Fight Videos

April 10, 2010 - By

The Amerks defeated the Marlies by the final score of 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night at Blue Cross Arena.  The game also had a couple of early fights between Andrew Lord and Richard Greenop and also Jimmy Bonneau and Phil Oreskovic.

Shootout featured (in order of shot taken): Jamie Johnson, Tim Brent, Jeff Taffe (scored), Josh Engel (scored), Mike York (scored), Greg Scott, Chris Taylor, Ryan Hamilton (scored), Michal Repik (scored), Justin Hodgman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwm6oF6Q8CM

Andrew Lord vs Richard Greenop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdHp6400X_4

Jimmy Bonneau vs Phil Oreskovic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLH4jMyqYm0

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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

GRIFFINS DOUBLE UP AMERKS TO HALT WINNING STREAK

(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

Amerks Defeat Marlies with Seven Goals and Inch Closer to Playoffs

March 28, 2010 - By

The Amerks came closer to clinching a playoff spot with a seven goal performance on Saturday evening on the road against the Toronto Marlies.  The Amerks have only scored seven goals one other time this season, a 7-4 win back on November 29th against the Syracuse Crunch.  This Rochester team seems to have a switch that allows them to show up one game but not another.  After a lousy performance during a 4-3 loss on Friday night the team rebounded with great play on Saturday.

Well, I should be careful how I use the term great play.  It’s not really great that the penalty kill unit allowed three goals against.  It could be time to take Chris Taylor and Jordan Henry off of the penalty killing unit.  I don’t have an answer as to who should replace them, but when something is not working it can’t hurt to make a change.

“Our power play was pretty good and we matched specialty teams,” Benoit Groulx said after Saturdays game.  “At this time of year you can’t lose on specialty teams.”

The specialty teams is something that the coaches and players are aware have been an issue and are an issue [...]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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Turnovers Lead to Another Amerks Loss

March 15, 2010 - By

“Our top guys didn’t have their best game,” Benoit Groulx said after the game.  Inconsistency will be what brings this team down heading into the spring.  A few days ago the talk was about a four game winning streak and the Amerks winning six of their past seven games.  On Sunday they found a way to lose to a team that’s in second to last place in the league.

When Mike York, Jeff Taffe, Jamie Johnson and Chris Taylor find ways to make plays happen the Amerks win.  When they don’t the Amerks lose.

The Amerks have 28 regulation losses this season.  The Hershey Bears and Hamilton Bulldogs have a combined 28 regulation losses this season.  There’s a reason for that.  Those teams are consistent.  Ok, maybe they have not dealt with the amount of injuries and call ups as the Amerks, but those are not things effecting the team right now.

What happens when someone who has played in over 1,000 NHL games see’s an AHL rookie make a mistake?  He takes advantage of it and turns the play into a goal.  The Amerks were on the power play and Scott Hotham was not able to control the [...]Read More