From Where I Sat, Amerks Edition: Toronto Marlies
Tonight marked the last of ten meetings between the Rochester Americans and the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs). Looking to rebound after an emotional loss to the Marlies with 5.6 seconds remaining in overtime on Friday, the Amerks were in desperate need of two points. The question on everyone’s mind was whether or not the Amerks would be able to step up and earn those points. Unfortunately they were unable to do so and lost by a final score of 1 to 0. As usual, here is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
– The Amerks were able to kill off all 5 penalties that they were called for.
– David Leggio rebounded from his poor start on Friday. A start that ended with him going Tuukka Rask on the crossbar of the net after the Marlies score the game winner. Good move by Coach Rolston to give him a chance to redeem himself. The question is, will we ever see Drew MacIntyre start another game for the Amerks? My assumption is that we will not.
– Travis Turnbull tried fighting someone to spark the team tonight, but the ref and linesmen would not have it.
– Not sure how the Amerks managed to put 27 shots on Mark Owuya, it certainly seemed like they had nowhere near that many. Owuya really did not have to work very hard for his shutout, as the shots that the Amerks did collect were not very dangerous. In other words, the Amerks were seriously outplayed by a considerably better team tonight.
– With the loss tonight, the Amerks are 3-3-1 at home in the month of March. Their last home win was a 6-1 throttling of the Binghamton Senators on March 10. Overall they are 6-6-1 in the month of March. Playing 0.500 hockey will not get you into the playoffs.
– The Amerks were shorthanded for almost the entire 60 minutes tonight. In other words, the officiating was absolutely atrocious in this game. I thought it was bad on Friday, but even the notoriously terrible Jamie Koharski would think this game was poorly officiated. The Amerks had two power plays to the Marlies five, and should have had more than that. I am not saying this was why they lost, but it certainly did not help. Hard to gain any momentum when you are skating 6 on 5…
Getting at least two out of four points this weekend would have been extremely helpful to keep the Amerks’ playoff hopes alive. Only earning one out of a possible four (technically five) points could very well put them in a tight situation. As they currently stand this Amerks team does not look like they will make it anywhere in the playoffs, if they even make it in at all. David Leggio has been carrying this team for the past couple of months and it is starting to show in his performance. He may very well be out of gas if they make the playoffs. The only Sabres prospects that may see professional level playoff games this season may very well be the ones playing for the Gwinett Gladiators of the ECHL. Let us hope that this is not the case.
In ??? we trust.