News | 5/29/2014 4:58:50 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
| Photo: Micheline Veluvolu
A numerical and statistical look at rookie forward Tim Schaller’s first professional season with the Rochester Americans during the 2013-14 American Hockey League season.
Signed by the Buffalo Sabres as an undrafted free agent out of Providence College in the spring of 2013, Schaller registered 18 points (11+7) in 72 games in his first pro season with the Amerks. The Merrimack, New Hampshire, native also added one assist in five postseason appearances for Rochester and was named the Most Improved Player by his teammates at the close of the 2013-14 regular season.
SCHALLER FINDS HIS SCORING TOUCH
The transition to the American Hockey League may have been a relatively quiet one in the early goings for Schaller, but by season’s end, he emerged as both a hero and a proven goal-scorer. Having recorded just nine points (4+5) through his first 65 games of the season, Schaller quickly came to form over the final month and played a major offensive role in Rochester’s run to the postseason while instantly doubling his point total. Beginning with a natural hat trick to key an incredible come-from-behind win at Toronto on April 5, Schaller added a pair of assists in a 4-3 shootout win at Hamilton on April 12 and found the back of net in each of the final three games, including twice in the regular season finale against the Marlies on April 19.
With Rochester in the midst of a nine-game losing streak and seemingly out of playoff contention, Schaller single-handedly guided the Amerks to arguably the most important win of the season as well as one of the franchise’s most impressive victories in recent years. Facing a 3-0 deficit heading into the third period, the Amerks scored four unanswered goals over the final 15:57 of regulation time -- including two in the final minute -- and used a natural hat trick from Schaller to defeat the North Division-champion Marlies with a stunning 4-3 win. Schaller recorded the hat trick in a span of 14:59 to dig Rochester out of a 3-0 hole, setting the stage for Phil Varone’s game-winner with just 43 seconds left in regulation.
BY THE NUMBERS...
Scored three goals for his first career hat trick in a 4-3 win at Toronto on April 5. Schaller was the only Amerk during the 2013-14 season to record three goals in a game and became the second straight player to do it against the Marlies after Mark Mancari struck three times in a 5-1 win vs. Toronto back on Feb. 1, 2013.
Led all Amerks rookies with 11 goals this season, including two on the power-play.
Completed his first pro season with 18 points (11+7), half of which came over the final seven games of the season, scoring seven goals and adding two assists over that span.
Appeared in all but four games for Rochester during the regular season, finishing second behind fellow rookie forward Dan Catenacci, who dressed in all 76 contests.
Ranked second among team rookies withy 93 shots on goal.
Notable Rookie Season Milestones
First pro playoff point Apr. 26 vs. Chicago (Game 2 Western Conference QF)
Pro playoff debut Apr. 25 vs. Chicago (Game 1 Western Conference QF)
First career multi-assist game Apr. 12 at Hamilton
First professional goal Nov. 9 at Binghamton
First professional point Oct. 11 vs. Utica
Professional debut Oct. 11 vs. Utica