NOVEMBER’S TOP FIVE MOMENTS
It’s time to take a look back at the second month of the 2019-20 regular season for the Rochester Americans. November was arguably one of the best months for the club so far this season as they saw no regulation losses, went on a season-long 10-game point streak, including five straight wins, and saw the return of head Chris Taylor.
Here are the Amerks’ top five moments from the month of November.
1. THE HAMBURGLAR TAKES DOWN THE COMETS
Andrew Hammond stopped all 28 shots he faced to pick up his first shutout of the season and six different goal-scorers provided all the offense as the Amerks dominated from start to finish on their way to a 6-0 shutout over the Utica Comets at the Adirondack Bank Center.
With the Nov. 2nd road win, the Amerks earned 16 out of a possible 24 points through their first 12 games of the year.
Tage Thompson recorded a goal and an assist for his third multi-point outing of the season while Casey Fitzgerald, Kevin Porter, Remi Elie and Casey Nelson all chipped in a pair of assists to help Rochester improve to 11-4-2-3 against Utica dating back to the start of the 2017-18 campaign at that point in time. Scott Wilson and Curtis Lazar each scored a shorthanded goal for their third markers of the year while Rasmus Asplund and Brett Murray each tallied their first and second goals of the season, respectively. Jarrett Burton completed the scoring as he netted his first goal as an Amerk.
In his second appearance in as many nights, Hammond earned the win in the goal crease for his first of four shutout victories this season. He also posted his best month of the season thus far, going 4-0-1 with four straight wins to open the month, including a pair of shutouts. The veteran netminder finished the month with a 1.59 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.
2. RETURN OF TAYLOR
On Nov. 25, Amerks head coach Chris Taylor made his way back to the Flower City after a sudden call-up to Buffalo just three days before Opening Night.
After countless nights of pulling double-duty, time away from his family and what seemed to be an endless amount of commutes up and down interstate 90, Taylor returned to Rochester, picking up where he left off to begin his third season as Amerks head coach.
Coming in amidst a five-game win streak, Taylor’s first game back behind the bench was on Friday, Nov. 29 when the Amerks took on their North Division rival Toronto Marlies. Although Rochester lost in its eighth overtime appearance of the season, Taylor’s team still took home a point for its ninth straight game upon his arrival.
3. HATS OFF FOR OGLEVIE
After an injury-riddled rookie season limited him to just 28 games, Andrew Oglevie has certainly made up for lost time in his second season with the Amerks.
To start off the 2019-20 season, Oglevie had already surpassed his goal (5), assist (5) and point (10) total from last season in just two months’ time. At that point in the year, Oglevie was just one of three skaters to appear in each of the first 20 games of the season and entered the first week of December riding a career-long seven-game point streak, including goals in five of six games over that span.
His best performance came on Saturday, Nov. 0o when he recorded his first pro hat trick by scoring all three goals in Rochester’s 3-2 road win at Cleveland. The second-year pro scored once in each period while single-handedly outscoring the Monsters to push the Amerks’ point streak to 10 straight games. He’s netted the game-winning goal in three of his last six appearances over that period of time.
4. LET’S GO STREAKING
The month of November was a productive one for the Amerks, who collected at least one point in all 10 games while posting an 8-0-1-1 record, the second-best mark in the league over that span behind only the Milwaukee Admirals. Rochester began the month with back-to-back wins before reeling off five straight victories between Nov. 13 and Nov. 23, marking the team’s longest stretch since a five-game win streak from Oct. 10 to Oct. 19 of last season. In each of the last three seasons, Rochester has posted three different 10-game point streaks, with two of the three coming prior to the Christmas break. With three points in the 3-2 at over Cleveland, both Oglevie (7+3) and Kevin Porter (2+7) extended their point streaks to a career-long seven games, while rookie forward Brett Murray pushed his to five games as he has one goal, six assists and a pair of multi-point efforts during that span.
5. PERFECTION IN REGULATION
The Amerks did not see a regulation loss during the month of November and took eight of their 10 matchups in winning fashion.
Rochester started off the month with back-to-back wins over the Binghamton Devils and Utica Comets. After suffering a shootout loss in a rematch against the Devils on Nov. 8, Rochester was lights out for the remainder of the month, winning five straight between Nov. 13 and Nov. 23.
The return of Taylor also coincided with the Marlies making their way back to Rochester for the first time since the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs. In the first of six matchups between the two clubs, the Marlies handed the Amerks their second loss of the month in overtime action.
Closing out November, Rochester traveled to Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, where they took on the Monsters for the final showdown of the month. The Amerks headed back home with their eighth win of November, closing out the month with a near-perfect 8-0-1-1 record while earning at least one point in each of their 10 contests.