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.
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It’s time to be honest for a moment and simply say that game stunk. The Toronto Marlies swept the Rochester Americans in three games to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The series was a dominating performance by the Marlies that just completely exposed the faults of the Rochester Americans roster, especially in game three. The Marlies scored three goals and shut the Amerks out, the first game out of 13 played that was decided by more than one goal.
The Amerks had heart and gave it there all but the Marlies had more talent and it showed.
(Photo by David Sturm, view more here)
The highlight of the game was the crowd of 7,118 at the War Memorial, the largest crowd for a first round playoff game in Rochester since April 13, 1990. It’s unfortunate the Marlies took control of the game early and took the crowd out of the game.
Philippe Dupuis scored the game winning goal at 3:59 of the first period with a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Leggio.
Mike Zigomanis sent a pass to Jerry D’Amigo in the slot who scored off a one timer to put the Marlies up [...]Read More
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
The first game of the Amerks vs Marlies playoff series was predictable. The Marlies were better but the Amerks found a way to battle back and make it a close game ending in a one goal loss. That’s the same way the ten regular season games went between these two teams. The first round of the playoffs is the best of five making game 2 on Saturday a must win for Rochester.
The Amerks are an average team facing a talented Toronto Marlies squad. David Leggio was at the top of his game making 34 saves while Ben Scrivens at the other end had 20 saves. It was only a one goal game but Rochester wasn’t able to generate a lot of offensive pressure and they were fortunate Leggio kept the score the way he did.
Down 3-1 in the third period Marcus Foligno scored a power play goal from the front of the net off a quick pass from Paul Szczechura down low. The Marlies were watching Foligno all game and didn’t give him very much room to work but the moment he was open he scored.
Evan Rankin made a back handed pass along the boards to TJ [...]Read More
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 AHLLIve.com for the feed. You can also listen on WHTK 1280AM.
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
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
The Heat completely outplayed the Amerks and won the game 4-0. That’s the only recap needed. Rochester has now gone six straight periods without scoring a goal and has been shutout two games in a row for the first time all season. The loss puts the Amerks in a three way tie for 10th place in the conference.
So, what’s the issue with this team? Pretty simple. The other teams have deeper rosters than the Amerks. It’d be hard to blame the loss on goaltender David Leggio. He didn’t have much help in front of him. The players on the ice were never able to move the puck outside of the Amerks zone for an extended period of time and put any pressure on the Heat. Only 17 shots the whole game, maybe about five or six of those could be considered real scoring chances. The Amerks were 0 for 6 on the power play and again, no real scoring chances. Simply put it was a horrible game, especially this late in the season.
The losses of McNabb, Brennan, Tropp and Foligno have really hurt the depth of the roster, a roster that has struggled all season with depth. TJ [...]Read More
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
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.[...]Read More
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
What happened on Friday night in Grand Rapids is exactly what the team didn’t need to happen. They got out to an early lead but couldn’t hold on to it and went on to lose 4-3 to the Griffins. The Amerks remain in 10th place and the Griffins are now four points behind them in the standings with three games in hand. They’ll take the bus to Toronto and play against the Marlies at 5pm Saturday afternoon.
Here’s the teams press release game summary:
AMERKS DROP 4-3 DECISION TO GRIFFINS
(Grand Rapids, MI)… The Grand Rapids Griffins rode a three-goal third period en route to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Rochester Americans at Van Andel Arena on Friday night. The loss snapped Rochester’s three-game winning streak.
Colin Stuart (0+2) and Phil Varone (0+2) chipped in two assists apiece for Rochester, with Brayden McNabb (1+0), Luke Adam (1+0), and T.J. Brennan (1+0) providing the goals. Netminder David Leggio turned away 28 of 32 Griffins shots between the pipes in his fourth straight start.
Joakim Andersson (2+0) led the way offensively for Grand Rapids with a two-goal performance, while Francis Pare (1+1) contributed a [...]Read More