Posts Tagged ‘Shawn Matthias’

Amerks Need To Beat Lake Erie

December 18, 2008 - By

Tomorrow night the Amerks take on the Lake Erie Monsters for the second time in two weeks.  They really need to, once again, get a solid win against the Monsters.  The Amerks are actually starting to catch up to them in the rankings and a win tomorrow could mean the task is easier than expected.

The Monsters are the team directly above the Amerks in the standings.  They have 24 points and the Amerks have 16.  One game against a division rival can mean 4 points in the standings very quickly.

The Amerks are working hard at practice again today.  The defensemen are looking really solid.  You can see the difference in Shawn Matthias.  He is far more confident in himself (at least in the practices I have seen him in so far), and he is moving against defensemen much better.

Repik is looking solid as well.  And when they are on the same line, it seems no defensemen has a chance against them.

Greg Classen is still not on the ice for the Amerks, so don’t be thinking you’ll see him in the lineup tomorrow night.  Because you won’t.  He has only been in one practice.  He [...]Read More

Back To The Grind: Practice 12-17-2008

December 17, 2008 - By


After a well-deserved two day break, the Amerks are back on the ice today with a few additions.  Shawn Matthias and Michal Repik are back from their call-ups to the Florida Panthers.  They had great chemistry when playing together in Florida, I would like to see that transfer to the AHL.

One major piece missing from the puzzle today is Noah Welch who went back to Florida after the game on Sunday night.  His conditioning stint in Rochester is over and we will miss him.  Rory Fitzpatrick is also not skating.  As earlier reported, he is out after having a surgery to repair his meniscus.  He is, however, up and walking around.  And it was said that he should return for Christmas.

It’s interesting to watch the players shoot on both Mike Brodeur and Chris Beckford-Tseu.  Brodeur doesn’t let anything in, even during practice.  He looks like he has belonged here in Rochester his whole life.  Beckford-Tseu is looking…well, like Beckford Tseu.  He stops some good ones, he lets some in.  Hopefully, having a real number one goaltender will help Chris get better.

Mike said that he is actively seeking a contract here in Rochester.  He wants to [...]Read More

Matthias and Repik are Back; Sweetland Sent to the Everblades

December 15, 2008 - By

Shawn Matthias

The Florida Panthers sent Shawn Matthias and Michal Repik back to the Amerks.

Matthias has been with the Panthers since November 28th and played in 10 games tallying one point.  He got a decent amount of time on the ice averaging about 12 minutes per game.  Matthias has struggled with the Amerks this season so hopefully the chance he had to fill in with the Panthers along with the Amerks being back to doing well gives the kid a boost of confidence to really show us what he’s made of.


Repik was originally called up on December 6th and scored his first professional goal in his first game with the Panthers.  That was his only point while being called up, he averaged about 8 minutes of ice time.  He’s also the leader in points with the Amerks.

As they arrived back in town Andrew Sweetland left town heading to the Florida Everblades.  In 21 games with the Amerks he has struggled and only managed to get one assist.  He’s a fast skater with decent hands, but just did not seem to have enough talent to keep in the AHL at this time.

Frolik Picks Up Two Points: Panthers Blank Rangers

November 30, 2008 - By

The Florida Panthers blanked the Eastern Conference 1st place Rangers today.

Craig Anderson made 37 saves, only further showing that he is the number one goaltender in Florida.  He also made 43 saves in Friday’s shootout loss, also against the Rangers.  He will be starting again on Tuesday when the Cats make a trip to Washington.

Stephen Weiss and Gregory Campbell scored 12 seconds apart in the second period.

Rookie Michael Frolik had a goal and an assist in the Panthers’ winning effort today.

This was the first time the Rangers were shut out all season.  Nice work Cats.

The Panthers are currently without forwards Richard Zednik, Cory Stillman and Nathan Horton. David Booth left the game in the second period with a shoulder injury and is questionable for Tuesday’s game.  Don’t expect Shawn Matthias back this week.

Shawn Matthias Recalled By Panthers

November 28, 2008 - By

Shawn Matthias has been recalled by the Florida Panthers.  Although Shawn hasn’t been playing exceptionally well with the Amerks, he also hasn’t had much talent on his wings to help him at all.  Shawn has played all 19 games with the Amerks this season but only has 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist).

Shawn likes to give the opposing team the old razzle dazzle but, hasn’t really been able to finish his plays as of yet.  Hopefully this trip to Florida is just what he needs to get back on track.  He has so much talent, and I want to see him be able to play to his ability.

In his last game with the Amerks (Wednesday against the Toronto Marlies), Shawn played extreemly well.  As another Amerks’ fan who was in attendance pointed out, there were many plays he was a part of that could have ended much better with more talent beside him.

He made one defensive play that really stood out for me. He came all the way from behind the Marlies’ net to pick up a guy in the slot just as a pass was coming to that guy. It would have [...]Read More

Amerks Picked up the Towel, Win 3-2

November 9, 2008 - By

The Rochester Americans won only their second game of the season tonight beating the Houston Aeros by the final score of 3-2.  The combined five goals were all scored in the third period.  The Amerks had a three goal lead with less than three minutes remaining in the game.  It got close towards the end, but they held on.

The team did everything they were supposed to tonight.  Big saves from goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu.  A solid defensive game.  A hard hitting game.  Also a very responsible game when it came to penalties.

All three goals were scored by those expected to score goals.  Stefan Meyer scored his first of the season.  Kenndal McArdle scored his third of the season.  Rookie Shawn Matthias also scored his third of the season, and second in two nights.  He went fast into the Aeros end and continued through to the net until the puck was in the net.

After apparently throwing in the towel on Friday night, it was picked up after all of the church groups left the arena sometime after midnight on Friday.

It was an exciting game of hockey.  Feels awesome to say that!!  It was also [...]Read More

Amerks Lose 5-1 to Moose. Throw in the towel.

November 8, 2008 - By

The Manitoba Moose arrived in Rochester on Thursday night, and expected controlled every aspect of the game on Friday night.  Chances are the Moose are going to roll right over Syracuse on Saturday, and return to hand the Amerks their 12th loss of the season on Monday night.  Throw in the towel, this season is done.

The final score of Friday nights game was 5-1.  The lone Amerks goal was scored as the puck ended up down low behind the net, Repik and McArdle worked hard getting it free when Matthias was able to stuff it into the net past Moose goalie Cory Schneider.

Aside from the goal by Matthias and the Riley Emmerson vs Guillaume Desbiens fight, this game was disgusting.

Tyler Plante started in goal but was pulled after only playing 12:39 of the first period and allowing three goals on eight shots.  In defense of Plante, a goalie can only do so much as his teammates in front of him are out of position and all over the ice allowing opposing players to skate freely.

This team is going to end the season even worst than last years did unless something changes.  Can anyone really [...]Read More

Skate With The Players 11-04-2008

November 5, 2008 - By

My husband and I took our son to the annual Season Ticket Holder’s Skate with the Players tonight at Blue Cross Arena.  Last year I had a lot of fun at this event, but my son was just a little too young and a lot too shy to go with us.  I personally think this is one of the best events the Amerks’ put on throughout the year.

From 6:00-7:00 p.m. the veteran players were on the ice.  This included Rory Fitzpatrick, Janis Sprukts, Drew Larman, Stefan Meyer, Peter Aston, Tanner Glass, Dan Collins, Kenndal McArdle, Jordan Henry, Doug O’Brien, Chris Beckford-Tseu, Franklin MacDonald, David Brine and Tyler Plante.

Karl Stewart was out with the first group.  He wasn’t skating because of his knee injury.  But, he stayed on the bench the whole time and was pleased to talk with whomever sat down next to him.  This was the first tiem I had gotten the chance to talk to Karl and he is a very nice and passionate guy.  He said his knee injury is an old one that flares up sometimes and he just needs to rest it and it is fine again.

Not even two minutes after we [...]Read More

Shawn Matthias Is Back

October 31, 2008 - By

Matthias returned to Rochester this morning after playing in the Florida Panthers vs Ottawa Senators game on Thursday night in Florida.  He had a total of 7:21 minutes of ice time in the game.  Now we’re just hoping he steps up his play for us here in Rochester and doesn’t think he can cruise by waiting for another spot to open for him in Florida.

Shawn Matthias Recalled

October 30, 2008 - By

Shawn Matthias has been recalled by the Florida Panthers.  Matthias has played eight games with the Rochester Americans and has one goal and one assist..  It seems he will be centering the third line for the Panthers tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators in Miami.

Practice 10-30-2008

October 30, 2008 - By

The team is working in smaller groups today.  Right now half the team is sitting on the bench while the other half practices puck movement.  It is very informative.  They are really getting some good passing and scoring going on.  Kenndal McArdle, once again, can stick the puck anywhere he wants to in the net.  In the smallest hole between the shoulder and crossbar.

But, Kenndal was just told “Don’t go below the dot to take your shot, if you do that, you won’t be on the power play.” 

This drill looks fun to me.  But, they are learning some great plays for the powerplay.  I hope Toronto takes some stupid penalties tomorrow, I would like to see how this translates to the gameday situations.  Repik looks great out there.  It looks like the first line of the PP will be:

Repik – Meyer – McArdle        Fitzpatrick-Garrison

Repik was being switched in and out with Karl Stewart.  Both looked pretty solid, but Repik looked better by a small margin.  Either way this top power play squad seems like a good choice to me.  Obviously, I am far less knowledgeable than Benoit…so, his choices will most likely make sense [...]Read More

Amerks Win Their First Game of the Year…The Hard Work Pays Off

October 25, 2008 - By

The Rochester Americans won their first game of the season tonight against the Quad City Flames in a 5-4 victory.  Although the game really came down to the bitter end, the players put in 110% effort all night and their hard work finally payed off.

I have been at a lot of practices already this year and as you have read in my articles, I think the coaching staff is doing a far superior job than the last few years.  And I think Benoit’s “no screwing around” attitude has really given this team the need to work exceptionally hard for him.  But, I digress…

The first period of the game, the players came out to play on both sides of the ice.  Back and forth the puck went all period.  No quality shots were taken by either team and the period ended 0-0.  The Amerks were showing that they weren’t going to be taking the game lightly though.  They were immediately giving out hard hits on the boards to anyone, no matter what the size of the player.

The Flames got on the board first in the second period.  The Amerks wouldn’t stand for that for long though.  [...]Read More