The 2011-12 Rochester Americans’ season was filled with great moments – highlight reel goals, Hall of Fame inductions, unforgettable nights at The Blue Cross Arena and memorable events in the community. We’re taking one last look back at the season and are asking Amerks fans to vote and tell us what YOU thought was the Best Moment of the 2011-12 Amerks season!
Marathon 15-round shootout When the Lake Erie Monsters visited The Blue Cross Arena on Feb. 25 for a Saturday night tilt, the two teams were separated by just two points in the standings and battling to stay in playoff contention. Playing their fourth home game of the week, a long week for the Amerks would get even longer. With the score tied at the conclusion of overtime, the teams then embarked on a 15-round shootout, the longest in franchise history, before Igor Gongalsky scored the game-winner on a nifty backhand.
Foligno’s Falling Goal Fresh off a stint with the Sabres that earned him NHL Rookie of the Month honors for March, Marcus Foligno returned to the Amerks for the final five games of the regular season to help lead the charge to the postseason. Needing a win to stay alive in the playoff race, a season-high total of 10,018 fans – the most fans to see an Amerks game in five years – showed up to watch as the Amerks dominated the Crunch from start to finish in a 5-1 victory that kept the team’s playoff hopes alive. Included in the five-goal outburst was this one from Foligno, who converted a pass from Corey Tropp and buried it while falling to the ice.