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!
Tropp’s Toe Drag The 2011-12 campaign was a break-out year for forward Corey Tropp, who wound up playing more games for the Sabres than he did for the Amerks this season. The winger tallied three goals and five assists in 34 NHLK games with Buffalo, along with 22 points (9+13) in 27 games for the Amerks. Among his nine AHL goals was this beauty, which featured a nifty toe drag and a top-shelf shot in a 5-4 overtime loss to Grand Rapids on April 10. Tropp's toe drag goal defeated the Teddy Bear Toss vs. Hershey in Round 1 of the Moment of the Year tournament.
Adam’s Goal Helps Clinch Playoff Berth Luke Adam began the season in Buffalo and did not join the Amerks until Feb. 11, but the AHL’s 2010-11 Rookie of the Year wound up scoring perhaps the most important goal of Rochester’s season. In the regular season finale on April 14 in Cleveland, the Amerks and Lake Erie Monsters were essentially in a one-game playoff, where the winner would stay alive and the loser would be eliminated. With the score tied at one midway through the second period, Adam picked up the puck in the neutral zone, cut to the middle and rifled a shot past Monsters goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to give the Amerks a 2-1 advantage. The lead held, and Adam’s goal sent the Amerks into the Calder Cup Playoffs. Adam's goal that virtually clinched a playoff berth knocked out a breakaway save by team MVP David Leggio in Round 1.
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ROUND 2, MATCHUP #4
Playoff Open Video No matter what city, state, province or country one hails from, when you play for the Amerks, you are an “American.” That was the mantra heading into the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, and Amerks players and Alumni were eager to declare their allegiance to the franchise. Amerks Hall of Famers and Calder Cup winners Dick Gamble, Geordie Robertson, Darcy Wakaluk and Jody Gage, along with several members of the 2011-12 squad, took part in the team’s Playoff Intro video that played prior to Game 3 of Rochester’s first round playoff series against eventual Western Conference Champion Toronto. The Playoff Intro Video eliminated the Alumni Reunion in the first round of the Moment of the Year contest.
Cotton-Eyed Joe Dance Like the Cake-Eating Contest, this next “moment” is easier to see for yourself than to read about. However, it should be noted that the Amerks fan in this video is devoted to the team and puts his passion and enthusiasm on display for Rochester each and every game. In addition, his performances always come at crucial moments of the game. The Cotton-Eyed Joe Dance defeated the famous Cake Eating Contest in Round 1.