Shawn Matthias

Amerks vs Crunch Pre-Season Games

In news that comes as no surprise at all, the Amerks two pre-season games will be against the Syracuse Crunch.  The teams aren’t even in the same division anymore so we can’t say division rivals.  Thruway rivals maybe? The teams will play a home and home series with two games in three nights.  The first …
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Evgeni Dadonov Not Yet Ready

Evgeni Dadonov was drafted in the 3rd round (71st overall) of the 2007 draft by the Florida Panthers and has been a player that a few people have kept an eye on as a future star. Dadonov was one player I continued to miss while at the Teen Ranch at the Panthers Development Camp so …
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Jeff Taffe Signs With Amerks

The third day of free agency is just wrapping up and the Rochester Americans are a better hockey team.  It was reported that free agent center Jeff Taffe has agreed to a two year two way contract with the Florida Panthers and Amerks. The front office at Blue Cross Arena has been saying they would …
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2009 Development Camp Roster

The Florida Panthers released the list of players invited to their 2009 Development Camp which starts on Sunday May 31st and runs through June 7th.  The core of the players that will be there are essentially ones that will be playing for the Rochester Americans in the 2009/2010 season. Noticeably absent is Tanner Glass and …
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Panthers Get Back to Work

The Florida Panthers will open their annual development camp about an hour outside of Toronto next week at the Teen Ranch, it feels like it was just yesterday that we wrote about our visit to last years camp. The camp is a great place for signed and unsigned prospects to get the chance to go …
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Amerks Look Forward During Locker Cleanout

To discuss the 2008/2009 season in detail with anyone who has followed the Amerks this season knows it’s like beating a dead horse, it’s time to look forward to next season.  That’s what the players and coaches did in talking with the media during Tuesday afternoons locker cleanout.  It’s not just about looking forward to …
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Second Period Snoozefest Leads to Amerks Loss

The Amerks were shutout 3-0 against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday evening at the Blue Cross Arena.  The first period was decent with great plays on each side of the ice, unfortunately the game became a snooze fest if you were an Amerks fan. This was a different team than we saw the two …
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Strong Effort by Amerks not Enough to defeat Crunch

The Syracuse Crunch are undefeated at home this season against the Rochester Americans and continued that streak on Saturday night with a 3-2 win in front of 6,117 fans at the War Memorial. Unlike previous contests between the two teams in Syracuse the Amerks put in a solid effort on the ice. The Crunch scored …
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Plante Possibly Done; Duffy to the Blades; Team Photo Giveaway

Tyler Plante is possibly done for the season with a shoulder injury.  With only six games left in the season chances are David Shantz will be riding out the rest of the season in an Amerks uniform.  His shoulder had been bothering him for a few weeks, sounds as if it’s caught up to him.  …
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Alexandre Picard Hat Trick Leads Crunch to Victory

(Syracuse, NY) The Rochester Americans have successfully extended their losing streak to eight games with tonights 5-2 loss against the Syracuse Crunch. Alexandre Picard scored a hat trick to lead the Crunch to victory. This team has not won a game since March 1st when they defeated the Binghamton Senators 3-2. Entering the month of March it appeared as if the Amerks were going to end the season on a high note, instead they’ve spent the month putting together the worst losing streak of the season.