2017-18 SEASON IN REVIEW
Overall Record - 37-22-11-6 (91 points) | Third in the North Division
Home Record - 18-14-3-3 (42 points) | Seventh in the Eastern Conference
Road Record - 19-8-8-3 (49 points) | 11th overall in the American Hockey League
Top Team Notes
- The Amerks improved in a nearly every statistical category from the 2017-18 season, such as:
- Five more wins
- 19 fewer regulation losses
- 24 more standing points
- An increased points percentage of .158% along with a .014% increase at home and nearly doubling their road points percentage to .645%
- Scoring 29 more goals
- 19 fewer goals allowed
- Improved power-play and penalty kill unit percentage, a difference of 3.2% and 3.0%, respectively
- The 12-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 16 was a season-high in goals while also being the largest margin of victory.
- The Amerks allowed a season-high six goals twice and allowed five goals or more on 14 separate occasions.
- The 7-6 win versus Hershey on Nov. 3 and 6-5 overtime loss at Syracuse on Nov. 22 were the season-high in goals allowed.
- The 5-0 shutout loss to Binghamton on Nov. 18 was the largest margin of defeat.
- For the second consecutive season, Rochester was involved in nine shutouts during campaign with five of the nine coming prior to the turn of the calendar year.
- The Amerks were shutout seven times this season and four of the seven were away from The Blue Cross Arena
- Linus Ullmark notched both of the Amerks shutouts this season
- Made 31 saves in a 3-0-win vs. Binghamton on Nov. 15
- He stopped all 22 shots he faced in a 2-0 victory at Toronto on Dec. 29
- The Amerks held their opponents to just two shots on goal in the first period:
- Oct. 28 vs. Syracuse (also fewest shots allowed in game, 19)
- Nov. 25 @ Binghamton
- Dec. 8 @ Springfield
- Rochester topped the 40-shot mark five times, while allowing 40 shots or more on six occasions.
- Rochester posted a season-high 48 shots vs. Laval on Oct. 27 and allowed a season-high 49 shots (two separate occasions).
- Nov. 22 @ Syracuse
- Mar. 16 @ Providence
- When outshooting the opposition this season, the Amerks held a 23-10-2-2 record, which included an 11-1-1-1 record while on the road.
- Six of Rochester’s 37 wins this season came against Laval, four of which came at Place Bell (4-0-0-0 record vs. the Rocket).
- The Amerks had a season-high four straight wins, outscoring the opposition 12-6 during that time. The win streak came during a stretch where the Amerks recorded at least one point in 34 of 42 games.
- Rochester also closed out its final 10 games with points in eight of them, going 7-2-1-0 over that span.
- The Amerks appeared in a league-high 29 games that were decided beyond regulation (most in the AHL since the Milwaukee Admirals established the record during the 2006-07 campaign).
- 16 of the 29 overtime contests came after Jan. 1.
- Rochester showed a record of 9-11 in the extra period and a 3-6 record during shootouts.
- 20 of the 29 games decided beyond regulation came against North Division opponents
- A total of 12 different Amerks appeared in at least one game with the Buffalo Sabres.
- Of the 12, six made their Sabres debuts, while two skated in their first-career NHL game (forward Kyle Criscuolo (second-year pro) and goaltender Adam Wilcox (third-year pro).
- Also, of the 12, two notched their first-career goal(s) with the big club – Casey Nelson and Alexander Nylander while Brendan Guhle tallied his first-career assist.
- A total of 45 different players appeared in at least one game with the Amerks this season and 26 players made their Rochester debuts.
- 13 of the 45 to dress were rookies
- Of those 13, three made their professional debuts.
- For the just the second time since the team’s inception in 1956 and first since 2014-15 season, the Amerks failed to produce at least one player with 20 or more goals.
- Also this season, Rochester’s leading-point getter was short of the 50-point plateau for just the fourth time in team history and third in the last 10 seasons dating back to the 1999-00 campaign.
- Zach Redmond paced the Amerks as he became the first defenseman since Mike Kostka in 2010-11 to lead the team in scoring as he established career-highs in all offensive categories; goals (15), assists (32), points (47) and shots (180) in 66 games this season.
- Finished fourth among AHL blueliners with 47 points
- Ended the year ranked third among defensemen with 15 goals
- Team-best eight power-play markers
- New to Rochester this season, Colin Blackwell finished the campaign as the Amerks top point-getter over the final month of the regular season and playoffs as he notched 25 points (12+13) while holding a plus-13 on-ice rating over his last 18 games.
- Tallied 15 points (9+6) during a career-long seven-game point streak, the longest stretch of the season by any Amerk.
- Midseason acquisition Danny O’Regan helped boost the Amerks roster.
- O’Regan finished the regular season with 15 points (6+9) in 18 games with Rochester while adding a goal and assist in three playoff games.
- During a span of 11 games, O’Regan tallied 10 points (3+7) from Mar. 15 through Apr. 7
- The Amerks scored a power-play goal in eight straight homes games between Oct. 20 and Dec. 13, going 12-for-38 (31.6%) over that span.
- Rochester tallied a season-high six goals with the man-advantage in the 12-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as they were 6-for-9 (66.6%).
- From Dec. 13 until Jan. 6, the Amerks penalty kill unit successfully killed all 37 infractions during 11 games.
- Rochester did not allow the opposition to record multiple power-play goals in the same home game from Nov. 24 until Mar. 11, going 59-for-63 (93.7%) during that span
- Rochester finished with a 26-17-7-4 (63 points) record against North Division rivals and were 11-5-4-2 (28 points) versus other Eastern Conference foes.
- The Amerks were 15-4-6-2 while on the road against divisional opponents.
- The Amerks scored the first goal in 37 of their 76 games and showed a 23-9-2-3 mark when doing so.
- Rochester was 21-3-2-1 when leading after two periods and was 10-1-2-0 on visitors’ ice.
- The Amerks led the AHL with eight wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play as they boasted a record of 8-15-4-2.
- The Amerks averaged 5,195 in attendance per game at The Blue Cross Arena.
- The largest home crowd this season at The BCA came on Feb. 2 as 9,836 witness hometown native Brian Gionta score a second-period goal in a final tune-up game prior to leaving for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Top Individual/Player Notes
Head Coach Chris Taylor
- Was named the 32nd head coach in franchise history on June 30, 2017 after spending the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
- Earned his first-career AHL victory behind the Amerks bench in a 3-1 Opening Night win versus the Syracuse Crunch as the Amerks opened their 62nd AHL season on Oct. 6, 2017.
- Notched his 25th career AHL win as head coach with Rochester’s 4-3 overtime comeback victory vs. Belleville on Jan. 27
- Led the Amerks to their first playoff appearance in four seasons as the club posted a 37-22-11-6 record.
- Finished his third pro season with 15 points (10+5) in 37 games with Rochester.
- Tallied a career-high three goals with the Buffalo Sabres in 12 games.
- Held a share of the team-lead with two goals during the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs
- Made his professional playoff debut in a 6-2 loss at Syracuse on Apr. 20
- Ended the slate with six goals over his final seven games.
- Scored his 50th AHL goal Apr. vs Toronto.
- Appeared in his 200th pro game in Buffalo’s Mar. 17 contest versus Chicago.
- Recalled by the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 15 for the first recall of the campaign and made his NHL season debut that night at the Anaheim Ducks.
- Scored his first goal of the season with the Sabres to help lead Buffalo to its first victory of the campaign.
- Netted a pair of markers in Rochester’s season opener, including the first goal of the slate in the Amerks’ 3-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch.
- Appeared in a career-high 33 games with the Sabres while tallying personal-best four goals and six points.
- Bagged his first-career NHL multi-goal game Mar. 17 vs. Chicago.
- Posted 18 points (7+11) in 36 games during his third campaign with the Amerks.
- Scored his first pro postseason goal vs Syracuse on Apr. 21.
- Ranked third on the team in points with 41 despite missing the final two games of the season due to injury.
- Had a three-game point streak (1+3) from Nov. 22 to Nov. 25.
- Was named as the team’s Unsung Hero and the recipient of the Fairand/O’Neil Sportsmanship Award.
- Led all Amerk forwards with career-highs in goals (17), assists (28), and points (45) in 61 games in first season with Rochester and second professional campaign.
- Paced the club with four two-goal outings and tied for the lead with 11 multi-point performances.
- Rochester’s top point-getter for the final month of the regular season and playoffs, finishing with 25 points (12+13) and a plus-13 on-ice rating over his last 18 games.
- Totaled 15 points on nine goals and six assists over a season-long seven-game point streak from Mar. 24 to Apr. 7.
- Registered the first four-point game (2+2) of his career by factoring in on each goal, including scoring the game-winner just 12 seconds into overtime in a 4-3 win over Charlotte on Mar. 30.
- Appeared in 100th pro game Mar. 3 at Toronto.
- Produced first multi-goal game of career and scored his first marker as an Amerk Oct. 25 at Laval.
- Made his Rochester debut Oct. 6 vs Syracuse.
- Established a career-high in both goals (9) and points (18) in 61 games in second full season with Amerks.
- Made pro postseason debut at Syracuse on Apr. 21.
- Registered his first pro multi-goal game and was named the game’s second star in a 5-4 win at Binghamton Mar. 31.
- Collected career-high three points (1+2) Mar. 11 vs Syracuse.
- Appeared in his 100th professional game at Laval on Dec. 23.
- Dressed for nine games with Buffalo and registered nine shots.
- Made NHL debut with the Sabres Nov. 17 at Detroit, recording one shot in seven minutes of ice time.
- Totaled 34 points (15+24) in 51 games in first stint with Amerks.
- First-career four-point game with two goals and a pair of helpers in the 12-3 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 16.
- Notched first multi-goal game, including the overtime-winning marker at Laval Dec. 22.
- Played in 100th American Hockey League game Dec. 16 at Utica.
- Had a season-long five-game point streak (3+5) from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3.
- Scored first goal as an Amerk Oct. 7 at Syracuse.
- Made Rochester debut Oct. 6 versus Syracuse.
- Played in 15 games with Rochester and missed the final 12 due to an injury
- Notched first AHL multi-point effort with the game-winning goal and an assist in 4-2 victory over Laval on Mar. 4.
- Tallied his first-career helper with Amerks in a 12-3 win versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
- Skated in 44 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) and amassed 59 points (44+28).
- Prior to recall, had a seven-game point streak (7+10) with Cyclones.
- Plotted a career-high four points (2+2) in 5-4 victory over Wichita.
- Represented Cincinnati at the 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic.
- Emerged victorious in the Fastest Skater event, setting a new league record with a lap of 12.75 seconds.
- Before joining the Amerks, scored 28 goals and added 30 assists for a team-high 58 points in 44 games.
- Paced all ECHL rookies and ranked second among all ECHL players at the time of his recall.
- Tallied first-career hat-trick at Florida on Nov. 11.
- Played five games with Sabres, recording one shot.
- Finished his second full pro season with a career-high 12 goals, 18 assists, and 30 points in 69 games with Amerks.
- Made professional postseason debut at Syracuse on Apr. 20
- Tallied four points (3+1) over the final four games of the regular season.
- Appeared in 100th professional game vs. Belleville on Feb. 7.
- Served as one of the team’s alternative captains.
- Tallied one assist in seven games with the Buffalo Sabres this season.
- Played in 45 games in second campaign with the Amerks while collecting 16 points (3+13).
- Collected an assist and was career-best plus five in a 7-4 win at Toronto on Feb. 24.
- Appeared in his 300th AHL game vs Binghamton on Jan. 12.
- Led the Amerks with a career-best 18 goals.
- Dressed in a team-high 74 games while adding a personal-high 21 assists and 39 points.
- Chipped in four points (1+3) over a five-game span from Mar. 15 to Mar. 28.
- Recorded a career-best four helpers and was a plus-four in a 10-3 rout of Binghamton on Nov. 24.
- Tied his career-high from a season ago with his second goal of the game, reaching the six-goal mark in 31 fewer games while also recording half his total offensive output from 2016-17
- Recorded three assists and was named the game’s second star in a 5-4 win over Albany on Apr. 14.
- Scored his first goal as an Amerk shorthanded and added an assist for a two-point night in a 5-2 win at Laval on Oct. 25.
- Made his Rochester debut versus Syracuse on Oct. 6.
- Began the season with the Sabres and appeared in 21 NHL games.
- Completed his fourth pro season and finished fifth among all Amerks as he collected 41 points in 46 games.
- Reached the 40-point mark for the third straight season with an assist in a 6-5 overtime win over Toronto on Apr. 7.
- His six power-play tallies paced all Amerk forwards and ranked second on the team.
- Registered a season-high five points on two goals and three assists in the 12-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 16.
- Played in his 300th professional game on Jan. 15 in Utica.
- Posted a season-long seven-game point streak (2+6) from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15.
- Recorded his first assist as an Amerk on Dec. 2 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
- Booked his first marker for Rochester in a 5-4 shootout loss to Hartford Dec. 2.
- Made his Amerks debut at Utica on Nov. 29.
- Scored his first goal as a Sabre at Columbus on Oct. 25.
- Tallied his first point with Buffalo in his Sabres debut on Oct. 5 against Montreal.
- Dressed in a career-high 18 games with the Buffalo Sabres, notching five assists.
- Collected his first NHL multi-point effort at Tampa Bay on Apr. 6.
- Notched his first NHL assist in Buffalo’s 3-1 win over Columbus on Jan. 11.
- Skated in 50 contests with the Amerks and three playoff games.
- Finished the campaign with 26 points (8+18), which ranked second among all Rochester rookies and ninth-most in the AHL among first-year blueliners.
- His eight goals tied for fourth among rookie defenseman while his 18 assists tied for ninth.
- Registered a season-high three points in the 12-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 16.
- Produced the first multi-point game of his career with a goal and an assist in the 7-6 shootout win over Hershey on Nov. 3.
- Posted a season-long five-game point streak (2+3) from Nov. 24 to Dec. 8.
- Appeared in 54 games in his first stint with the Amerks notching eight assists.
- Tallied one helper in two Calder Cup Playoff tilts against the Crunch.
- Appeared in his 300th AHL game against Utica on Mar. 28.
- Finished with a +5 on-ice rating while appearing in his 300th pro game at Toronto on Feb. 24.
- Recorded his first point as an Amerk with an assist against Hartford on Dec. 1.
- Made his Amerks debut at Syracuse on Oct. 7.
- Named Most Improved Player as voted on by his teammates.
- After missing the first three games of the slate due to an injury, dressed for the final 73 games of the season and all three Calder Cup Playoff contests.
- Posted 22 points (12+10) in first full professional season, which were third-most among first-year skaters.
- Recorded his first-career Calder Cup Playoff point on Stuart Percy’s second-period goal at Syracuse on Apr. 21.
- Made his postseason debut at Syracuse on Apr. 20.
- Notched his first-career multi-point game Mar. 15 at Bridgeport.
- Closed out the month of February with a career-long four-game point streak (3+1) from Feb. 21 to Feb. 28.
- Scored his first pro goal at Syracuse on Nov. 22.
- Tallied his first pro point with an assist at Belleville on Nov. 11.
- Made his Rochester debut Oct. 20 vs Charlotte.
- Appeared in career-high 37 games with the Sabres while adding eight points.
- Scored his first NHL goal shorthanded against Colorado on Feb. 11.
- Became just the second player in Sabres history to record his first career goal while shorthanded since Kevin O’Shea did so against the Minnesota North Stars on March 14, 1971.
- Posted a three-game NHL point streak from Feb. 11 to Feb. 15.
- Made his pro postseason debut against Syracuse on Apr. 20.
- In 40 games with the Amerks this season, collected 11 points (2+9) in his second pro season.
- Tallied an assist while appearing in his 100th pro game against Toronto on Dec.15.
- Had a career-long four-game point streak (1+4) from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25.
- Completed his second pro season, establishing career-highs in goals (8), assists (19) and points (19) in 51 games with the Amerks.
- Skated in three additional contests with Sabres.
- Recorded his first NHL goal in Buffalo’s 7-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Apr. 6.
- Appeared in all three 2018 Calder Cup Playoff games.
- Made pro postseason debut at Syracuse on Apr. 21.
- Registered his first three-point game with a career-high three assists at Hartford on Mar. 18.
- Appeared in his 100th professional game versus Bridgeport on Feb. 23.
- Registered a career-high four points on two goals and two assists in the 12-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 16.
- Had a three-game assist streak (0+3) from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3.
- Finished tied for the team lead and tied for 12th overall in scoring with seven points (1+6) in seven games at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship while helping Sweden to a silver medal.
- Missed the first 14 games of the 2017-18 slate with an injury.
- Finished his second pro season with a combined 40 points (13+27) between the Amerks and San Jose Barracuda.
- Tallied 15 points (6+9) in 18 games in Rochester after being acquired by the Buffalo Sabres at the NHL Trade Deadline from the San Joe Sharks on Feb. 26.
- Skated in two games with the Sabres and 19 with the Sharks.
- Added four assists with San Jose.
- Logged 9:28 of ice time in his Sabres debut at Ottawa on Mar. 8.
- Notched one goal and one helper in three Calder Cup Playoff tilts against the Crunch.
- Collected his 100th pro point with an assist Hudson Fasching’s game-tying goal against Toronto on Apr. 7.
- Found the back of the net for the second straight game and had four shots while appearing in his 100th AHL game at Providence on Mar. 16.
- Scored his first two goals as an Amerk and was named the game’s first star in a 4-1 win at Toronto on Mar. 3.
- Made his Amerks debut against Bridgeport on Feb. 28.
- Named the Amerks AHL Man of the Year and the recipient of McCulloch Trophy for his dedicated service to the Rochester community throughout the season.
- Served as one of the team’s assistant captains.
- Finished his 15th season of pro hockey and fifth in Rochester as he added nine assists in 22 games.
- Missed 34 games from Oct. 20 to Jan. 10 with a lower-body injury.
- Notched his first multi-point effort of the season with two assists in a 6-4 win over Belleville on Apr. 13.
- Had a season-long three-game assist streak (0+3) from Mar. 31 to Apr. 6.
- Recorded his 200th assist AHL as well as his 250th AHL point on the game-winning goal at Binghamton on Mar. 31.
- Registered his 250th pro assist at Charlotte on Jan. 21.
- Appeared in 67 games with the Amerks while finishing second among blueliners with a career-high seven goals, 27 assists and 34 points.
- Tallied his first-career Calder Cup Playoff multi-point effort (1+1) on Apr. 21 against Syracuse.
- Reached the 30-point mark for the first time in his pro career with a goal at Bridgeport on Mar. 15.
- Recorded an assist for his 100th AHL point at Toronto on Mar. 3.
- Reached the 100-point mark in his pro career with a goal in the 12-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 16
- Had a four-game point streak (2+5) from Nov. 10 to Nov. 17.
- Factored in on all three Rochester goals, scoring twice while adding an assist for a career-high three points in a 3-0 win over Binghamton on Nov. 15.
- Scored his first goal as an Amerk.
- Notched his first point as an Amerk with an assist in the 7-6 shootout win over Hershey on Nov. 3.
- Made his Amerks debut against Utica on Oct. 21.
- Completed his 10th professional season and third with Amerks ranked fourth in points (42) and tied for second in goals (17) in 66 games.
- Led the team with five points (1+4) during the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.
- Served as team captain for the second time in Rochester.
- The winner of the game-winning goals award with six GWGs this season.
- Reached the 40-point mark for the second straight year with an assist against Utica on Mar. 28.
- Picked up his 20th assist of the season at Toronto on Mar. 3, giving him 20 or more assists in six of his seven AHL seasons with 40-plus games.
- Appeared in his 400th career AHL game at Lehigh Valley on Feb. 10.
- Recorded his 200th pro assist against Toronto on Feb. 2.
- Reached the 100-point mark as an Amerk with his first of two assists in a 3-2 overtime win over Bridgeport on Jan. 5.
- Had a three-game point streak from Nov. 22 to Nov. 25.
- Scored his 100th AHL goal at Syracuse on Nov. 22.
- Scored the game-winner unassisted 39 seconds into overtime while appearing in his 100th game as an Amerk at Syracuse on Nov. 7.
- Recipient of the team’s Scoring Champion Award after leading the team with 32 assists and 47 points through 66 games.
- Was one of just three AHL blueliners to lead his respective team in scoring.
- Became the first Amerks defenseman in seven years to lead the team in points since Mike Kostka in 2010-11.
- Finished third for goals by a defenseman in the AHL with 15, including a team-best eight power-play tallies, and ranked fifth in assists.
- Named to the 2017-18 AHL Second All-Star Team.
- Collected five points (2+3) over a four-game point streak to close out the month of March.
- Scored his 14th goal of the season and had a career-best 10 shots against Utica on Mar. 28.
- Recorded his 100th AHL assist against Springfield on Mar. 24.
- Reached the 40-point mark for the first time in his pro career with an assist at Providence on Mar. 16.
- Totaled eight points (2+6) over a career-long six-game point streak from Dec. 20 to Dec. 30 to close out the month of December.
- Appeared in his 200th AHL game against Binghamton on Nov. 24.
- Scored his first goal of the season – and first as an Amerk – on the power-play against Charlotte on Oct. 20.
- Recorded his first point as an Amerk with an assist in his season debut against Syracuse on Oct. 6.
- Appeared in 51 games in his first season with the Amerks totaling 13 points (7+6).
- Scored his 50th pro goal to open the New Year against Bridgeport on Jan. 5.
- Had a season-best three-game goal-scoring streak from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.
- Appeared in his 250th professional game at Belleville on Nov. 11.
- Recorded first goal as an Amerk Nov. 3 against Hershey.
- Notched his first point as an Amerk with an assist Oct. 25.
- Made his Amerks debut against Syracuse on Oct. 6.
- Named the Amerks Rookie of the Year.
- Skated in all three Calder Cup Playoff games against Syracuse.
- Made his pro postseason debut at Syracuse on Apr. 20.
- Recorded an assist in each of the first two games against the Crunch.
- Finished third on the team and 10th among all AHL rookies in scoring with 44 points (17+27) in 57 games.
- Named to the North Division roster for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, which took place Jan. 28-29 at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY.
- Named MVP of the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge after scoring three goals with two assists, including the lone tally in the championship game that sealed a 1-0 win for Team North over Team Pacific.
- Helped the Eastern Conference to an 18-12 win over the Western Conference at the 2018 AHL All-Star Skills Competition.
- Recorded his first-career hat trick and had a team-high five shots in a 6-4 loss at Hartford on Mar. 18.
- Totaled six points (2+4) over a four-game point streak from Dec. 1 to Dec. 9.
- Factored in on all four Rochester goals, scoring twice – including the game-winner – and adding two assists for a career-high four points in a 4-2 win over Hartford on Nov. 17.
- Had a five-game point streak from Oct. 27 to Nov. 4.
- Recorded his first-career multi-point outing which included his first pro/Amerk goal Oct. 7 at Syracuse.
- Notched his first point as an Amerk and first pro assist on Oct. 6 versus the Crunch.
- Appeared in 15 games with the Sabres, registering 15 shots.
- Logged a season-high 21:05 of ice time against San Jose on Oct. 28.
- Recorded two shots in his Sabres debut against Montreal on Oct. 5.
- Played in 50 games with Rochester, collecting 11 points (3+8).
- Skated in all three Calder Cup Playoff games against Syracuse.
- Recorded an assist for his 100th pro point at Toronto on Mar. 3.
- Registered his first multi-point effort of the season with a goal and an assist to go along with a team-high four shots at Lehigh Valley on Feb. 10.
- Scored his first goal as an Amerk on the power-play in a 4-3 overtime loss at Binghamton on Feb. 3.
- Appeared in his 200th AHL game in his return to Charlotte on Jan. 20.
- Recorded his first point as an Amerk with an assist at Laval on Dec. 22.
- Led all Amerks defensemen with four shots while appearing in his 300th pro game at Springfield on Dec. 8.
- Made his Amerk debut Dec. 1 versus Hartford.
- Became just the second Amerks netminder in franchise history to be named team MVP and Most Popular Player in back-to-back seasons since David Leggio (2011-12, 2012-13).
- Posted a 21-12-10 record with two shutouts in 44 games.
- Finished the regular season ranked third in the AHL in saves (1,242) and seventh in minutes played (2,579) while tying for ninth with 21 wins, his second straight season with 20 or more victories.
- Also ranked seventh and 14th among AHL goaltenders with a .922 save percentage and a 2.44 goals-against average, respectively.
- Named to the North Division roster for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, which will take place Jan. 28-29 at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY, marking his second straight AHL All-Star appearance.
- Finished with 10 saves on 14 shots and was perfect in 2:40 of action in backstopping the North Division to a 1-0 win in the championship game of the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge.
- Helped the Eastern Conference to an 18-12 win over the Western Conference at the 2018 AHL All-Star Skills Competition.
- Went 1-2-0 in five appearances with the Sabres and posted a 2.00 GAA.
- Made an NHL career-high 44 saves in his season debut in Buffalo’s 3-1 win over Columbus on Jan. 11, marking the most saves in a win by a Sabres goaltender since Anders Nilsson stopped 46 of 47 shots on Nov. 19, 2016 vs. Pittsburgh.
- Made his AHL postseason debut at Syracuse on Apr. 20
- Reached the 20-win mark for the second straight season against Syracuse on Mar. 11.
- Snapped a career-long eight-game winless streak with 35 saves in the 12-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 16.
- Stopped all 22 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season at Toronto on Dec. 29, which moved the Amerks into sole possession of first place in the AHL’s North Division.
- Named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for period ending Dec. 24, 2017 after stopping 65 of 68 shots faced in two starts for the Amerks, going 2-0-0 with a 1.46 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage
- Appeared in his 100th AHL game – and 100th as an Amerk – at Springfield on Dec. 8.
- Earned his second career shutout in his 200th pro game after stopping all 31 shots against Binghamton on Nov. 15.
- Recorded his first professional point with an assist on the overtime game-winning goal in the 4-3 come-from-behind win over Laval on Oct. 27.
- Made his NHL debut when he entered the game for the start of the second period of a 4-3 loss in Buffalo’s regular season finale at Florida on Apr. 7.
- Was tagged with the loss despite stopping all 14 shots he faced for a 1.000 save percentage.
- Posted a 12-7-2 record with in 29 games in his first season in Rochester.
- Appeared in his 100th pro game at Bridgeport on Mar. 15.
- Made back-to-back starts for the first time all season and recorded his first point as an Amerk with an assist on the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win over Binghamton on Jan. 12
- Had two different three-game winning streaks during the season.
- Posted a three-game win streak from Jan. 12 to Jan. 27.
- Won three straight starts from Dec. 10 to Dec. 23.
- Earned his first win as an Amerk in his season debut after stopping 24 of 26 shots he faced at Syracuse on Oct. 7.