Posts Tagged ‘Toronto Marlies’

Amerks Hold on Tight and Defeat Marlies in Shootout

April 10, 2010 - By

The Rochester Americans got the job done on Friday night defeating the Toronto Marlies to clinch home ice advantage for their first round in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs.  It may not have been pretty as the Amerks gave up a three goal lead but they found a way to get the job done, and that seems to have been the story of the season.

There’s a couple different ways to look at the game.  One of which is that it was an ugly victory and not the way you want to play during game #79 heading into the playoffs.  Another way to look at it is that the Amerks had four players who’ve played under 10 professional games, are still missing a lot of others and that they fulfilled their goal of making the playoffs with a much needed win.

One game remains on the regular season schedule and that’s Saturday evening on the road against the Syracuse Crunch.  According to Chris Taylor just because the team has clinched the playoffs and home ice don’t expect the team to take the night off.

“It’s good to see that even though we only played a solid period tonight we found [...]Read More

Amerks vs Marlies Shootout and Fight Videos

April 10, 2010 - By

The Amerks defeated the Marlies by the final score of 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night at Blue Cross Arena.  The game also had a couple of early fights between Andrew Lord and Richard Greenop and also Jimmy Bonneau and Phil Oreskovic.

Shootout featured (in order of shot taken): Jamie Johnson, Tim Brent, Jeff Taffe (scored), Josh Engel (scored), Mike York (scored), Greg Scott, Chris Taylor, Ryan Hamilton (scored), Michal Repik (scored), Justin Hodgman

Andrew Lord vs Richard Greenop

Jimmy Bonneau vs Phil Oreskovic

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Gameday: Last Regular Season Home Game and Pink Jerseys

April 9, 2010 - By

Preview of Amerks Pink Jerseys

It’s really hard to believe that tonight is the last regular season home game of the 2009-2010 season for the Rochester Americans.  It really does feel like just a few weeks ago that everyone was excited about the start of the season.  It’s been a long roller coaster of a season but the bottom line is that the Amerks have spent the majority of it in second place and considered a top team in the league.

The Amerks are undefeated in regulation this season against tonight’s opponent the Toronto Marlies.  The Marlies did win the last game between the two teams in a shootout on March 28th.  The magic number for first round home advantage is one point in one of these final two games.  The other possible scenario is that the Abbotsford Heat need to lose one of their final two games.

Clay Wilson will be back in the lineup for the Amerks after playing in two games for the Florida Panthers.  Wilson has been the teams leading scorer against the Marlies this season with 4 goals and 6 assists in 7 games played.  The return of Wilson also meant that Matt [...]Read More

Hudson and Henry Fight Videos vs Marlies

March 29, 2010 - By

In his first professional game Carl Hudson dropped the gloves with Andre Deveaux of the Toronto Marlies.  Hudson had just skated by Jesse Blacker of the Marlies and looked like he had just barely hit him but it also looked at the time like there was an elbow involved.  Immediately after Deveaux went after Hudson which gave him an extra instigator penalty and a 10 minute misconduct.

If you have to call a winner it clearly goes to Deveaux but Hudson deserves credit for the big hit.  The extra penalty given to Deveaux resulted in an Amerks power play and a goal by Jeff Taffe to give the Amerks a 3-1 lead at the time.

Towards the end of the second period Jordan Henry and Phil Oreskovic must have decided they had enough chirping when they agreed to fight after a face off.  You can watch what leads up to the fight or skip to about the :55 second mark to see the fight itself.

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Marlies Capitalize on Amerks Bad Defensive Game to Win

March 29, 2010 - By

The Rochester Americans had a chance to clinch a spot in the playoffs on Sunday afternoon if they defeated the Toronto Marlies and the Lake Erie Monsters lost in regulation to the San Antonio Rampage.  Former Rochester American forward Stefan Meyer and the Rampage did their part defeating the Monsters in the final 90 seconds but unfortunately the Amerks lost in a shootout, their first shootout loss of the season.

“Last night (7-3 win over the Marlies) I thought we played a pretty solid game and today i thought we played one period,” Benoit Groulx said about the game which also summarizes this team.  Inconsistent.

Tyler Plante played another great game for the Amerks making 40 saves and is certainly making the case for himself to be the goalie in the final six games and possibly into the post season.  Two of the Marlies three goals were tipped in and the third he had no help from the defense as Andre Deveraux walked right in front of the net.  Almost 15 minutes after the game ended he was still sitting in his stall with his pads on, a sure sign he was not happy with the outcome of the [...]Read More

Amerks Defeat Marlies with Seven Goals and Inch Closer to Playoffs

March 28, 2010 - By

The Amerks came closer to clinching a playoff spot with a seven goal performance on Saturday evening on the road against the Toronto Marlies.  The Amerks have only scored seven goals one other time this season, a 7-4 win back on November 29th against the Syracuse Crunch.  This Rochester team seems to have a switch that allows them to show up one game but not another.  After a lousy performance during a 4-3 loss on Friday night the team rebounded with great play on Saturday.

Well, I should be careful how I use the term great play.  It’s not really great that the penalty kill unit allowed three goals against.  It could be time to take Chris Taylor and Jordan Henry off of the penalty killing unit.  I don’t have an answer as to who should replace them, but when something is not working it can’t hurt to make a change.

“Our power play was pretty good and we matched specialty teams,” Benoit Groulx said after Saturdays game.  “At this time of year you can’t lose on specialty teams.”

The specialty teams is something that the coaches and players are aware have been an issue and are an issue [...]Read More

Plante, Amerks Blank Marlies for 2-0 Win

January 30, 2010 - By

I was not able to watch or really listen to the game so here’s the Amerks press release about the win on Saturday:

(Rochester, January 30)…Goaltender Tyler Plante recorded his first shutout of the season with a 22-save effort and defenseman Clay Wilson chipped in with two points (1+1) as the Rochester Americans defeated the Toronto Marlies 2-0 this afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. With the win, the Amerks improve to 28-17-2-0 and the Marlies fall to 17-22-5-4.

Plante picked up the first star of the night, while Wilson added the second star for Rochester, leading the offense with one goal and one assist. Forward Graham Mink also sealed the deal for the Amerks by scoring the second goal of the game.

Wilson opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the year at 14:57 of the first period, giving the Amerks a 1-0 lead. Evgeny Dadonov and Jamie Johnson both assisted on the goal. With the assist, Johnson extended his point streak to eight games. The Marlies failed to capitalize on a two-man advantage midway through the first as Plante came up big, stopping the first 14 shots he faced.

The Amerks increased their lead by two when Mink scored his 12th goal of [...]Read More

Amerks 10 Game Winning Streak, One of Two Styres Promised

November 8, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans defeated the Toronto Marlies Saturday night in front of 4,069 fans to extend their win streak to ten games, fulfilling one half of a promise by owner Curt Styres.

Last season Curt Styres had promised two 10 game winning streaks during the 2008/2009 season, at the time it was an absurd statement.  I wasn’t present for the comment but I think the part left off was him saying, “next season.”

Saturday nights game was another great team performance.  It’s really hard to believe at this point that they played this weekend without four key players.

The 10 game winning streak is now one game shy of tying the franchise record of 11 wins set during the 1984-1985 season.  It’s probably no coincidence that was the same season that Jody Gage and Ted Nolan played together, two guys responsible for the success of putting this current team together.

Rochester now improves to 11-1-1-0 with 23 points to stay in first place in the American Hockey League.  One game at a time.

“It’s hard to stay on top,” Chris Taylor said  “It’s hard to keep winning and winning and everyone wants to beat us.  It’s [...]Read More

Weekend Home Games: Amerks vs Crunch and Marlies

November 6, 2009 - By

After what seems like an eternity since last weekends road win in Binghamton the Amerks are finally back to action tonight against the Syracuse Crunch.  On Saturday night they’ll take on the Toronto Marlies.

The last time the Amerks and Crunch played was October 25th when Amerks shutout the Crunch 3-0.  That same game ended with a total of 54 minutes in penalties in the last 10 seconds of the game.

Rochester is currently tied for first place in the league with the Manchester Monarchs at 19 points.  The team certainly does not take their eight game winning streak for granted and they’re certainly not acting over confident.  That will be tested tonight when they play a Syracuse Crunch team that is short on players.

Derek MacKenzie and Alexandre Picard were called up this week by the Columbus Blue Jackets and center Jared Aulin is out of the lineup with a hand injury.  Simon Ferguson was signed to a PTO by the Crunch to join the team for some needed help.

During the 2008/2009 season some teams seemed to take the Amerks lightly and the games were close, that’s something that could happen in reverse [...]Read More

Mike Duco is Day to Day

October 26, 2009 - By

Mike Duco vs MonstersMike Duco is currently day to day with his shoulder injury.  He hurt his shoulder when Phil Oreskovic and Andre Deveaux of the Toronto Marlies hit him hard into the boards on October 17th in Toronto.

Amerks trainer Kent Weisbeck said that Duco is just waiting for his shoulder to not feel as sore so he can shoot a puck.

Duco has played in five games this season for the Amerks and through those five games was pretty much invisible.  Once the Duco is back on the ice that we saw last year he should fit in pretty well with the rest of this team.

Brines OT Winner Caps an Incredible Comeback

October 17, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans pulled together for a great comeback on the road Saturday afternoon in Toronto.  They were down 3-0 after the first period and it sounded like it was going to be a horrible game.  The Amerks gave the Marlies five, yes five power play opportunities in the first period.  The Marlies scored on two of them.  The Amerks battled back with two goals by Repik in the span of 1:05 in the second period, a short handed goal by Wilson in the third, and David Brine scored the game winner short handed in overtime.

I wasn’t able to watch or listen to the game so here’s the recap from the Amerks:

( Rochester, NY)… David Brine found the back of the net just three minutes into overtime to lift the Rochester Americans to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Marlies this afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. The win was Rochester’s third straight and the first on the road this season for the Amerks (4-1-1-0) who now have nine points through just six games into the young season. The win also puts the Amerks into second place in the North Division, just one point behind the [...]Read More

Amerks Special Teams Dominates the Marlies

October 17, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans did on Friday night what the Toronto Marlies did to them last season, dominated the game and won big.  This was an exciting game to watch and a game that made me really think that this team is the real deal. The Amerks beat the Toronto Marlies 5-2 with two power play goals and a short handed goal.

The Amerks went into Friday nights game ranked 9th in the league for it’s power play.  With two more power play goals they’ll continue to move up in the ranks.

Benoit Groulx talked about special teams saying, “As i said many times last year, special teams are key in this league.”

The Amerks set the tone within the first five minutes of the game.  They got the puck into the Marlies end and kept it there.  They were moving the puck around so easily and for so long they made a line change.  I looked to the person sitting behind me to ask if I was really seeing what I was seeing.

David Brine opened the scoring at 14:33 of the first period scoring a short handed goal assisted by Michal Repik.  It was Brines second goal of the [...]Read More