AMERKS BEGIN FOUR-GAME ROAD TRIP THIS WEEK TO BRING OCTOBER TO A CLOSE
News | 10/24/2011 4:28:54 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS


Photo: Micheline Veluvolu

WEEKLY NOTES: One week is all that remains in the first month of the 2011-12 American Hockey League season, and despite just playing eight games, the Rochester Americans have already experienced their fair share of streaks. After dropping their first two games of the season to start the campaign, the Amerks have since gone 3-1-1-1, which included a three-game winning streak, and have collected points in five of their last six outings. Coming off their first three-games in three-nights stretch of the year, one that saw the Amerks claim just two out of a possible six points, the Amerks now enter the week in the midst of a three-game winless streak, falling victim via the shootout, overtime and in regulation this past weekend. Looking ahead, Rochester kicks off a four-game road swing this week as it looks to make up some ground against Hamilton before a weekend tilt with intrastate rival Binghamton that awaits on Saturday.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:
Friday, Oct. 21 vs. Hamilton – SOL, 3-2…
Second-year forward Corey Tropp scored a pair of third period goals, his second coming at 14:58 of the final frame on the power-play to force overtime. Tropp would add another in the shootout, but the Bulldogs would ultimately prevail with Gabriel Dumont’s game-winning tally in the eighth round of the skills competition.

Saturday, Oct. 22 at Toronto – OTL, 5-4… Derek Whitmore helped the Amerks build a 4-2 lead with two goals, but the Marlies rallied late in the game as Toronto’s Joe Colborne netted the overtime winner 2:28 into the extra frame to complete the comeback for the Marlies. Travis Turnbull recorded two assists in the losing effort.

Sunday, Oct. 23 vs. Adirondack – L, 3-1… Back in the lineup following a two-game absence, rookie forward Marcus Foligno tallied the lone goal for Rochester as the Amerks closed out their first three-games in three-nights stretch of the season with a 3-1 loss to the Phantoms. The Amerks were 0-for-8 on the power-play.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: Rochester kicks off a four-game road swing on Thursday, October 27 as its meets the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum for the second time in six days. The 7:30 p.m. matchup will be the third of 10 scheduled meetings this season between the North Division foes and will be carried live on 107.3 FM and 1280 AM, Rochester’s Sports Talk. The Bulldogs have claimed the first two get-togethers between the two teams. The Amerks, however, maintain a 72-62-10 all-time record against the Montreal Canadiens’ affiliate.

The Amerks visit the southern tier on Saturday, October 29 as they take on the defending Calder Cup Champion Binghamton Senators in the first of eight gatherings this season between the intrastate rivals. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Fans can tune in for the live broadcast on 107.3 FM and 1280 AM, Rochester’s Sports Talk. The Amerks posted a 3-4-1- record against the B-Sens last season, including a 3-1-0 mark on the road.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (3-3-1-1, 8 points) enters the week in the midst of a three-game winless streak after coming up short in a 3-1 setback to the Adirondack Phantoms last night at The Blue Cross Arena. Foligno scored the lone goal for the Amerk as Drew MacIntyre made 13 saves on 16 shots in is fourth appearance between the pipes. The loss was also the first for the Amerks in regulation since their 5-1 defeat to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on opening night. Despite the loss, however, Rochester has picked up points in five of its last six outings, posting a 3-1-1-1 record during that span, and currently holds a second-place standing in the American Hockey League’s North Division.

TEAM AND LEAGUE LEADERS: Zack Kassian (3+4) and Derek Whitmore (3+4) lead the Amerks in scoring with seven points apiece through eight games, with Tropp (3+3) and team captain Colin Stuart (2+4) at a close with second with six points. Rookie blueliner Brayden McNabb paces Rochester’s defensemen with four points on the season thus far, including two assists in his last three games. Kassian presently ranks tied for fourth among AHL rookies in scoring entering the new week.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Amerks are 2-1-1-1 (6 points) this season against North Division rivals, but show a 1-2-0-0 (2 points) mark versus non-divisional foes. After deciding the first four games of the season in regulation, Rochester has been forced into extra time in three of its last four games, two of which have been determined via the shootout.

WHO’S HOT: Tropp has found the back of the net three times in as many games, including a pair of third period markers in the Amerks’ 3-2 shootout loss to Hamilton on Friday. Whitmore has accounted for three points (2+1) in his last three games after a two-goal output over the weekend, while Turnbull also shows three assists in as many games. Second-year pro Jacob Lagace has also scored a goal in three of his last five outings, having only been held scoreless just three times this season.

SHARING THE CREASE: Goaltenders David Leggio and Drew MacIntyre have alternated starts through the team’s first eight games of the season. Leggio has posted a record of 2-2-1-0 with a 3.15 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage while MacIntyre is 1-2-1 with a 2.96 goals-against average and a .868 save percentage.

MILESTONE WATCH: Back for a second stint with the Amerks, veteran forward Michael Ryan is just two games away from his 400th professional game, 214 of which have been played in Rochester. Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn is just one game shy of 650 pro appearances. Stuart sits just six goals and three assists away from reaching the century mark in both categories in his pro career. Second-year blueliner Drew Schiestel will reach 100 AHL games in his next two outings. Whitmore celebrated his 250th professional game with a two-goal effort at Toronto on Saturday afternoon.

SPECIAL TEAMS BREAKDOWN: The Amerks have gone 6-for-34 (17.6%) on the power-play this season, scoring at least one man-advantage goal in five of their first eight games. On the penalty kill, Rochester has successfully killed off 28-of-32 (87.5%) shorthanded situations, including 26 of the last 28. The Amerks’ penalty kill is currently the seventh-best in the AHL, but ranks fifth at home with a 95.2 efficiency rate. As a team, Rochester has allowed two shorthanded goals against, both of which have come on home ice. 

THIS WEEK IN AMERKS HISTORY: Amerks forward Gary Burns scores the game-winning goal to lift Rochester to a 5-4 win over the Hershey Bears on October 26, 1984 for the franchise’s 1,000th win in team history.

AMERKS WEEKLY SCHEDULE*
DAY                                         TIME                                        LOCATION
Monday, October 24               Day Off                                    ----
Tuesday, October 25               10:30 a.m. practice                 Sports Centre at MCC
Wednesday, October 26         10:30 a.m. practice                 Sports Centre at MCC
Thursday, October 27             10:00 a.m. gameday skate     Sports Centre at MCC
                                               7:30 p.m. @ Hamilton           Copps Coliseum
Friday, October 28                 10:30 a.m. practice                 Sports Centre at MCC
Saturday, October 29              10:00 a.m. gameday skate     Sports Centre at MCC
                                               7:05 @ Binghamton               Broome County V.M. Arena
Sunday, October 30                TBD                                         ----
                                              
*schedule subject to change         

 

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