Posts Tagged ‘Postgame’

Amerks Erased Two Goal Deficit but Lost in Overtime

October 28, 2011 - By
Amerks Erased Two Goal Deficit but Lost in Overtime

The Rochester Americans were down by two goals heading into the third period but goals by Colin Stuart (third of the season) and Derek Whitmore (fourth of the season) narrowed the game and forced the game into overtime.  Louis Leblanc scored his first professional goal in his first professional game to lead the Bulldogs to the win in overtime.

It’s great to hear the team come back from being down two goals to tie the game up.  They didn’t quit playing, they continued to battle for the puck and found ways to beat Bulldogs goaltender Nathan Lawson.  The two goals were scored by two players considered leaders of the team, Colin Stuart and Derek Whitmore.

David Leggio made 25 saves out of 27 shots faced in regulation time.

You can read the Amerks postgame report below, I didn’t get the chance to watch or listen to the game so I can’t offer anything else on it.

There’s a couple ways to look at things from here after only nine games.

The Amerks have earned points in six of their last seven games.  They’re keeping the games close.  They may not be as talented as their opponents but they’re not getting [...]Read More

Dreadful Power Play Dooms the Amerks in 3-1 Loss

October 23, 2011 - By
Dreadful Power Play Dooms the Amerks in 3-1 Loss

A power play in hockey is pretty simple, you have the man advantage and pass the puck to get the other team out of position and then score.  Especially when you’re given EIGHT opportunities in a game.  Unfortunately the Amerks were not able to score and they even gave up a short handed goal in their 3-1 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday evening.

Brayden McNabb wasn’t able to stop a pass up the side boards to Eric Wellwood who skated into the Amerks zone untouched and put the puck through Drew MacIntyre’s five hole only a minute and 47 seconds into the game.

McNabb made up for it only 23 seconds later with a pass on the ice to the front of the net where Marcus Foligno was in perfect position to redirect it past Phantoms goaltender Jason Bacashihua.

The Amerks were on the power play late in the first period when Harry Zolnierczyk took the puck down the ice on a breakaway and scored shorthanded to give the Phantoms the 2-1 lead.  It appeared to be a pass from Nick Crawford to Joe Finley that was intercepted.. or just a poor pass.  He took the puck down [...]Read More

Gameday: Collapse in Toronto; Amerks Back Home vs Adirondack

October 23, 2011 - By
Gameday: Collapse in Toronto; Amerks Back Home vs Adirondack

A wonderful Sunday evening game ahead of us, the third game in three nights for the Rochester Americans and Adirondack Phantoms.  The Amerks had a third period collapse on Saturday afternoon that resulted in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies.  It’s a game that the team knows inside they they squandered but at the same time they’re already focusing on the game today.

The Phantoms were in Portland on Friday where they won 3-0 and then lost 5-2 in Albany on Saturday night.

Marcus Foligno will be back on the ice after serving his two game suspension.  Chris Clackson was sent back to the Gwinnett Gladiators after filling in on the roster.

It’ll be interesting to see what this young team looks like on the ice today.  Sunday games in the AHL are typically snoozefests between tired teams.  The Amerks didn’t play into Saturday night so other than fatigue from the game they were able to get a good nights sleep in their own homes.

They worked hard to come from behind on Friday night before losing in the skills competition (shootout) and then the late game collapse yesterday so they should be fired up and ready to [...]Read More

Postgame: Bulldogs Shootout Win Ends Amerks Winning Streak

October 22, 2011 - By
Postgame: Bulldogs Shootout Win Ends Amerks Winning Streak

The Amerks 3-2 shootout loss to the Bulldogs on Friday night felt like a tennis match at times, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.  It was much better than the first game of the season though when the Amerks lost 5-2.  One of the big differences in this game was the Amerks being down two top forwards due to suspensions, Marcus Foligno and Jonathan Parker.

Zack Fitzgerald got a lucky deflection to put the Bulldogs ahead 1-0 at 15:32 of the second period.  He had a clear opening and took the shot on Drew MacIntyre and as he did that Travis Turnbull reached with his stick and ended up deflecting the puck past MacIntyre.

Corey Tropp tied the game up 1-1 at 10:49 of the second when he took the puck down into the Hamilton zone along the boards, went around defender Zack Fitzgerald towards the bottom of the face off circle and then beat Nathan Lawson high on the opposite side of where he skated in from.  It was his first goal of the season.

The Amerks penalty kill had been perfect through three home games until tonight.  I blame the person sitting behind me who [...]Read More

Recap: Amerks First Home Win Had It All, Including Seven Goals

October 17, 2011 - By
Recap: Amerks First Home Win Had It All, Including Seven Goals

It’s amazing how one solid hockey game can put another one in the past, even if there’s only four games played on the season.  The Rochester Americans on Sunday evening showed what they can be capable of when all of the right pieces fall into place with a 7-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins.  There’s still some things to work on (defensive turnovers) but overall it was an exciting night of hockey inside Blue Cross Arena.

Six different players scored goals, 10 players tallied an assist, 15 out of 18 players had at least one shot on net and 52 minutes in penalties were handed out.  This was the type of hockey game that would’ve had the arena off it’s foundation at the home opener. The game also featured fights, questionable hits and a couple instances of blood on the ice.  But it happened tonight and if you weren’t there you missed out.  This is also the type of hockey game that if played like this often will quickly attract fans regularly into the building.

A quick turnaround from the doom and gloom of Thursdays home opener.  There’s every reason to believe that after that poor performance they’ve turned [...]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 Home Opener had Some Awesome and Some Booing

October 14, 2011 - By
Amerks Home Opener had Some Awesome and Some Booing

The game that was played for 60 minutes on the ice pretty much speaks for itself.  The team was outplayed by a more skilled Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins team.  Going into further detail really won’t accomplish much and does anyone really want to discuss it further?  It’s only two games into the season, there’s absolutely no reason to hit a panic button but there’s reason for concern.  Time to get into the good things before the negative..

The Rochester Americans home opener overall though had a great atmosphere to it.  There were fans in the building early for the current Amerks players to walk the red carpet and then for the alumni to arrive.  Many of the alumni were seen hanging out throughout the game and intermissions with fans chatting.

The Moose and Sabretooth were hanging out signing autographs and taking pictures together.

The new video scoreboard that had a cost of over 200k was impressive (even if it didn’t show any shots on goal).  The video quality was improved and just added to the overall atmosphere.

It was also great running into people that you only see during hockey season and catching up on life.

The home opener had that special [...]Read More

Bulldogs Outplay the Amerks and Win 5-2

October 8, 2011 - By
Bulldogs Outplay the Amerks and Win 5-2

The first game of the Terry Pegula owned Rochester Americans is in the books, now it’s time to figure out how to erase it from the history books.  The Bulldogs easily defeated the Amerks by the final score of 5-2.

If you look at the stat sheet it shows Amerks had 32 shots on goal but very few of them I would have considered quality scoring chances.  They rarely had the puck for extended periods of time in the Bulldogs zone really making them work to defend the puck.

Corey Tropp had a couple of great chances with an open net but wasn’t able to put his stick on the puck.

David Leggio made 22 saves in the game and even though he allowed five goals, two of them were on the power play (one was a five on three) and the others he wasn’t given much help on defense.  Whether it was turn overs or giving the shooter the advantage I’d hardly put much blame on him.

Rookies Brayden McNabb and Phil Varone made some poor passes throughout the game and probably quickly learned that the American Hockey League is a whole different level than what they’re used to.

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There’s Always the Next Game.. Amerks Winless in 6 Straight

January 21, 2011 - By
There’s Always the Next Game.. Amerks Winless in 6 Straight

Kenndal McArdle scored a short handed goal two minutes into the second period and gave a glimpse of hope that maybe the losing streak would end.  Unfortunately the Amerks couldn’t hold on as the Monsters scored with five minutes left in regulation and then won the game in overtime.

The Monsters outshot the Amerks by a tally of 14-3 in the first period and then 19-5 in the third period.  WTF??  How do only three shots get through at a goalie in 20 minutes?  That does not even seem possible, leave it to the Amerks.  At least they kept it close out shooting Lake Erie 11-7 in the second period.

There’s always Friday night in Syracuse.  Or maybe Saturday in Hershey?  Doubtful.. but as a fan I’ll always be hopeful.

Nylander Leads Amerks to a 5-2 Win Over the Phantoms

October 18, 2010 - By
Nylander Leads Amerks to a 5-2 Win Over the Phantoms

Ahh it’s been a while.. after a few weeks absent from the rink I was finally able to make it to an Amerks game and was treated to a nice 5-2 win over the Adirondack Phantoms.  Michael Nylander led the way with two goals and two assists in the game.

Even though I missed the home opener, this was the first game of the season for myself so it was great to see some hockey again, get a cold Genny Light from the Blue Zone and watch the kids play knee hockey behind section 127.

Michael Duco scored first at 17:07 of the first period just after a power play opportunity ended.  A lot of people in the crowd were yelling the typical “shoooooot it” but patience paid off when Duco shot in a rebound for his second goal of the season.  There weren’t that many chances for a shot but the puck possession paid off.

Interesting little scrap early in the second period when Matt Clackson (brother of Amerks forward Chris Clackson) cross checked Triston Grant to the ice in front of the Phantoms net.  Referee Terry Koharski had his arm raised to make the call on Clackson before [...]Read More

Amerks Lose 7-3 vs Marlies in Preseason Game

October 1, 2010 - By
Amerks Lose 7-3 vs Marlies in Preseason Game

The Amerks played their first of two preseason games against the Toronto Marlies on Friday night and lost by the final score of 7-3.  Not much is known about the game other than Michal Repik, Triston Grant and Ryan Del Monte scored goals for the Amerks.  Tyler Plante played the first approximately 30 minutes and only allowed one goal.  Marc Cheverie replaced Plante midway through the second period and the other six goals were scored against.

The only thing I’d take away from the loss is that Cheverie has some work to do.  The same can probably be said about Brian Foster who I am assuming will see some action on Saturday.  Right now those two are battling to be the first call up when either Markstrom or Plante get injured or called up at some point this season, something that’s guaranteed to happen (an injury or callup that is).

The same two teams play again Saturday evening at Gaylord Powless Arena in Ohsweken, Ontario.  It’s considered a home game for the Amerks so we’ll probably get some better updates as the Amerks staff will be working the game.

Here’s the recap from the Amerks about the game:

(Bradford, ON- [...]Read More

Panthers Game in Rochester was an Entertaining Success

September 24, 2010 - By
Panthers Game in Rochester was an Entertaining Success

When it was announced that the Florida Panthers were going to play a preseason game against the Boston Bruins a lot of people talked about how dumb it was and that no one would care.  I think Thursday night proved that a lot of people did care (over 4,700) and a lot of people had a great time.  A lot of preseason games in sports are pointless and provide no entertainment but the opposite occurred.  We saw some goals scored, great saves, big hits and some players fighting for jobs.

The attendance may have been different if it had been a team other than the Boston Bruins but that’s why the Bruins were picked, they knew they would be a draw.  There was definitely more Bruins gear in the stands than Panthers but there was also an impressive amount of Panthers attire.

Just to also toss this out there, the last time the Sabres played a preseason game in Rochester there was only around 3,000 people at the game.  Close to 5,000 for a Panthers vs Bruins game.  Yea.  But, that’s another debate.

One of the biggest complaints about the game ahead of time was the ticket price but based [...]Read More