Posts Tagged ‘Phil Varone’

Video Highlights of the Amerks 4-3 Win Over Grand Rapids

October 20, 2012 - By

The Grand Rapids Griffins make their only trip to Rochester in search of their first win of the season. The Griffins took a 2 goal lead in the second period but 3 power play goals by the Amerks sealed the victory for Rochester with the final score ending 4-3.

Grading the 2011-2012 Amerks Roster

June 27, 2012 - By
Grading the 2011-2012 Amerks Roster

It’s time to finally post our grades for the 2011-2012 Amerks roster and no, it’s not a mistake that it’s the end of June.  Once the season is over interest pretty much fades and so does traffic, even when new content is posted.  This is the time of year that there’s also renewed interest in talking about hockey again with the start of free agency and hockey fans from around the world trying to find information on players as they move around.

The grades are primarily put together by Eric Bourgeois and Peter Borrelli, two die hards who watch the game closely.  The first grade is from Eric, second is Pete.  Comments have names added after as well.

Joe Finley (A / B+)

  • That big physical D we’re needed for years.  Consistent.  Great team guy.  Willing to protect teammates. (Eric)
  • It was physically painful to me to watch him try to hold back from killing anyone that touched our goalie. Current over-officiating kills a guy like him. (Pete)

Marcus Foligno (A / A+)

  • After a medicore start, he turned into an NHL’er overnight.  One of the few who  didn’t look overmatched against Marlies.  Big and plays big! (Eric)
  • Would-be Team [...]Read More

This is it. Time for an Amerks Winning Streak

April 23, 2012 - By
This is it. Time for an Amerks Winning Streak

This is it.  That’s been a common theme throughout the 2011/2012 season for the Rochester Americans in needing to find ways to turn the season around and stay alive.  At times when they’ve seemed down and out they’ve found a way to rebound and win some games.  Can they find a way to go on a three game winning streak?  The odds are against them being down by two games in a best of five series but we should expect a decent hockey game Monday night at the War Memorial.

(Photo courtesy of Dave Sturm, you can see his entire album here)

As of Monday morning it looks like there’ll probably be a crowd of over 5,000 which is pretty impressive for a first round playoff series, a round that typically has some low attendance all around the league.  The crowds were small in the first round of the 2010 playoff series.  They were small in 2007 as well.  Even back in the lock out year the second home playoff game had 5,817 attend on a Friday.  It helps to have cheaper tickets this season and also being owned by the Buffalo Sabres means a push by the Sabres to [...]Read More

Amerks vs Marlies Game 2 Video Highlights

April 23, 2012 - By
Amerks vs Marlies Game 2 Video Highlights

There hasn’t been anything to say about the game two loss that hasn’t been said elsewhere.  If you watched the game you saw the same thing as everyone else. The Marlies were the better team for most of the game.  Rochester found a way to stay in the game like they have with just about all games all season but it wasn’t enough.

(Photo courtesy of Dave Sturm, you can see his entire album here)

The Marlies 4-3 win game them a 2-0 series lead in a best of five first round matchup.

David Leggio gives the Marlies the lead early in Game 2 as Jerry D’Amigo has the whole net to shoot at. Assist to Philippe Dupuis.

A boarding penalty by Philippe Dupuis leads to roughing minors assessed to Travis Turnbull, Colin Stuart, Nicolas Deschamps, and Jerry D’Amigo.

A terrible call on Marcus Foligno leads to a power play goal by Mike Zigomanis. Assists to Jake Gardiner and Joe Colborne.

Travis Turnbull is interviewed during the first intermission of Game 2 between the Rochester Amerks and the Toronto Marlies.

Marcus Foligno scores to get the Amerks on the board in Game 2. Assisted by [...]Read More

Amerks Season is Down to the last Two Games after 5-4 Loss in OT

April 11, 2012 - By
Amerks Season is Down to the last Two Games after 5-4 Loss in OT

This is it folks.  There’s two regular season games left for the Rochester Americans and the race is close.  The Amerks are not out of the playoff race just yet but if they want to make it they can’t afford to lose a game.  It sure does sound familiar, the Sabres were in the same situation.

Doug Janik defeated the Amerks on Tuesday night with a penalty shot in overtime to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 5-4 win.  It was a league leading 24th game in overtime for Rochester.  The call was easy for Jamie Koharski.  Phil Varone broke his stick and instead of just dropping it to the ice he took the shaft part and tossed it at Janik who had the puck, automatic penalty shot.  That was the game right there but it never should have come down to that.

(photo courtesy of David Sturm prohockeynews.com)

Corey Tropp scored two great goals in less than four minutes in the first period to give the Amerks a 2-0 lead and what should have been the momentum to continue building on that.  Unfortunately the opposite happened.  The Griffins scored two goals in 59 seconds to tie the game [...]Read More

Amerks Lose in Overtime; League Leading 23rd Game in Overtime

April 5, 2012 - By
Amerks Lose in Overtime; League Leading 23rd Game in Overtime

The good thing about the game on Wednesday night is that Amerks finally scored a goal after a drought of seven periods and over 147 minutes of play.  Luke Adam was in the penalty box for goaltender interference and Evan Rankin scored shorthanded for his 12th goal of the season.  One other good thing is that they played a lot better on Wednesday night than on Tuesday.

As of writing this Rochester is only seven points out of fourth place in the Western Conference right now.  The team in fourth place?  Abbotsford Heat.  Following the game on Wednesday the Amerks have played in a league leading 23 games beyond regulation time.  They have four overtime wins.  Nine overtime losses.  Six shootout wins and four shootout losses.  Turn half of those losses into wins and the Amerks are ahead of the Heat in the standings.

Tossing another ugly stat out in the air is that on Wednesday night it was the sixth time in a row that the Amerks have had a one goal lead going into the third period and ended up losing (not six consecutive games, just six games where they’ve had a lead into the 3rd).  The team [...]Read More

Amerks Lose in Shootout to the Crunch (with shootout and fight videos)

March 22, 2012 - By
Amerks Lose in Shootout to the Crunch (with shootout and fight videos)

The Amerks failed to win the game but getting one out of two points against a team not in your conference is better than not getting anything at all.  Rochester had a lot of chances to score goals throughout the second period but continued to hit the posts and give the Crunch too much room and they were able to succeed.  The Amerks had a lead until halfway through the third period Peter Holland scored the tying goal and then Dan Sexton scored the eventual game winner in the shootout.

This game wasn’t lost because the Amerks were without Marcus Foligno, Corey Tropp and Travis Turnbull but because they were inconsistent the whole game.  Those three players certainly would have helped but the game wasn’t lost due to their absence.

Igor Gongalsky and Kyle Kurtz had the only fight of the game at 5:06 of the first period.  There weren’t many punches thrown but the two certainly gave it a shot against each other.  You can see the video here:

Back to the game..

Shaone Morrisonn, Nick Crawford and Brayden McNabb scored the three goals for the Amerks in the 4-3 loss.  Is that a good thing or bad [...]Read More

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 Steal Shootout Win from the Marlies (with shootout video)

March 4, 2012 - By
Amerks Steal Shootout Win from the Marlies (with shootout video)

After a Friday night loss on the road against the Grand Rapids Griffins the Amerks completed the unexpected, two straight wins over the division leading Toronto Marlies.  They were able to hold on to a 2-1 lead on Saturday evening in Toronto and then battle back from a 2-0 deficit on Sunday night to eventually win in the shootout.

The Marlies went up 2-0 but never had complete control of the game where anyone should have thought that it was over.  Philippe Dupuis was given credit for the first Marlies goal even though credit should go to Alex Biega and Luke Adam.  Adam had tried to put the puck into the pads of Leggio for it to be covered up and when that didn’t work out Biega tried to clear it but it went into the net.  The second goal for the Marlies was scored by Nazem Kadri on a fast break down the ice after Paul Szczechura had been hit in the face with a high stick.  Neither of the ref’s saw the high stick and the Marlies scored on the break down the ice that followed.

TJ Brennan blasted home a shot with six seconds left in the [...]Read More

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

Amerks Step Up to the Bears in 5-2 Win

February 22, 2012 - By
Amerks Step Up to the Bears in 5-2 Win

Quick recap of the Amerks win over the Bears..

First period started with both teams going back and forth for the first five minutes. Gongalsky had a few close chances early.

Dennis Persson on the power play created a great chance shooting from the face off dot trying to give Whitmore the chance to tip it in but Holtby got a glove on it. Amerks had some decent puck movement on the power play.

Bears scored first off what could be considered a fluke goal. The puck bounced in the air and David Leggio lost site of it and it bounced over him and in. Matt Pope was given credit.

Derek Whitmore tied the game 1-1 keeping his eye on a loose puck in front of the net and getting it in. Corey Tropp was to the side of the net battling for the puck and found a way to squeeze it to the front.

Nick Crawford blocked a shot in the Amerks zone and created a fast two on with Colin Stuart leading the play with Corey Tropp. Stuart sent the puck cross ice to Tropp who brought it across Holtby and buried it with a nice backhand.

Period [...]Read More