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!
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 clinching goal defeated a breakaway save by David Leggio in Round 1 of the tournament and Tropp's toe drag goal in the second round.
Whitmore Four-Goal Game Rochester native Derek Whitmore recorded a career-high 28 goals this season, with four of them coming in dramatic fashion on Nov. 26. With six members of the Amerks playing for the Sabres in Buffalo that night, the Amerks were shorthanded and in need of a spark. Whitmore provided that spark, scoring four times to lead Rochester to a 5-3 victory and becoming the first Amerk player to score at least four goals in a game since Jason Pominville scored five times on Oct. 21, 2005. Whitmore's four-goal game knocked out a snipe from the blue line by TJ Brennan and the 15-round shootout to reach the semifinals.