Features | 11/8/2012 3:29:26 PM | Anthony Laurendi
|Frederick Roy (Photo: Micheline Veluvolu)
The Rochester Americans are off to a fast start in 2012-2013 season, going 6-3-1 though their first 10 games. Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson and T.J. Brennan are all among the top 20 scorers in the American Hockey League while the goaltending provided by David Leggio has been stellar.
While the team features players ranked among the league’s top point-getters, the Amerks have benefitted most from an incredible amount of depth given their strong defensive core and four solid forward lines.
The contributions from all four lines have the Amerks off to one of the best starts in the AHL. The physical play and recent offensive contributions from the line of center Rick Schofield, right wing Nick Tarnasky and left wing Fredrick Roy has paid dividends. Over the last three games, the line had a coming out party of sorts, combining for seven points and 36 to help the Amerks go 2-1-0 during the stretch.
The trio of Schofield, Tarasky and Roy may seem like an unlikely group, but each brings a different style and experiences that seemed to have meshed will together.
Tarnasky represents a physical force, not afraid to drop the gloves, who has spent several seasons in the NHL. Schofield, who spent last season with the Syracuse Crunch, is the top scoring threat, scoring three goals in his first eight games in an Amerk uniform. Roy, who is in his first professional season, is the son of NHL great Patrick Roy and is forming an identity of his own. After picking up his first professional point on Oct. 27 at Adirondack, the 5-foot-10, 168-pounder dropped the gloves for his first pro scrap last Friday night against Hamilton.
“We’ve just kept it simple,” said Schofield, referencing his line’s play. “We got some physical presence in Tarnasky, Roy has his own skill set that he brings to the table, and I have to do my job by putting pucks in the net, and if we keep playing our game we will get our chances.”
The line is willing to do whatever is necessary for the Amerks to win games, something that was evident in the team’s 6-2 win over Adirondack last month.
Against the Phantoms, Roy tallied his first professional point, assisting on Schofield’s first goal. In the second period, Tarnasky feathered a pass back to Schofield, who buried the eventual game winner. The line also was responsible for 24 of the Amerks’ 36 penalty minutes, and Tarnasky finished with the “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” by recording a goal, an assist and a fight.
“We know our role, we are willing to do whatever it takes to help this team win,” noted Roy. “If we keep winning our battles and keep getting pucks to the net, we can do a lot to help this team win games.”
The physical mentality that the line provides helps round out a very potent offense for the Amerks. The ability for them to chip in offensively is an added bonus.
The depth of this Amerks team and the chemistry that this particular line shares should provide many exciting moments for fans at The Blue Cross Arena this season.