From Where I Sat: Griffins at Amerks, 10/19/2012


Last night marked the first of two meetings between the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Rochester Americans. Following a record of 3-2-1-0 during the 2011-12 season, one would expect this to be a closely contested game. After falling behind 2-0 the Amerks were able to score 4 unanswered goals en route to a 4-3 regulation win. After the jump you’ll find The GoodThe Bad, and The Ugly.The Good:

-They managed to score 4 unanswered goals to win the game after falling behind 2-0.

-The PP went 3/5! Although I wouldn’t expect to see this happen all of the time, it was nice to see the PP finally do something.

-The PK went 4/4, which is a minor feat considering that the Griffin’s had the 6th rated PP coming into this game. Small sample sizes FTW!

-Brian Flynn. I’ve been quietly impressed by Brian Flynn for the past two games and tonight he did not disappoint.

-Although not technically an own goal, the game winner was scored by Foligno after bouncing it off Jordan Pearce’s goalie stick. It was quite funny, to say the least.

The Bad:

-The entire first period and the first 3-4 minutes of the second period. The Amerks were completely dominated throughout most of the first period. All was okay until the Griffins scored their first goal to make it 1-0. At that point the shots were 7-3 Amerks, but after that the Amerks failed to register a shot on goal during the last 14:12 of the first period.

-Out shot again. What matters is how many pucks got past the goalie, but being getting more pucks to the net increases your chances of more going through (ANALYSIS!).

-I wouldn’t say Cody Hodgson is bad, but for someone who is supposed to be the Sabres #1 or #2 center he hasn’t exactly been dominating the AHL yet.

The Ugly:

-The passing. The passing is just ugly. There is no better way to describe it than that.

Awards:

-The Malcolm Reynolds*: David Leggio. (Yes, he got the win, but his team wasn’t much help at times.)

-The River Tam**: Phil Varone

-The Badger***: Luke Adam

Final Thoughts:

It was nice to see a team that hadn’t led a game since the score was 4-3 against the Crunch on 10/12 pull a win out. Hopefully this win will help the team’s confidence. The Amerks are on the road today in Hershey, PA to take on the Bears (Capitals). Hopefully they can manage to pull a win out of this game and turn this (very early) season around. The next home game is 10/23 in Buffalo. Expect to see a game preview Tuesday morning for that game.

In Professor Rolston we trust.

*The Malcolm Reynolds Award: For the player who does his best to hold things together, but ends up getting hurt in the process.

**The River Tam Award: For the player who rises above the rest when his team needs him.

***The Badger Award: For the player(s) that want to win, but would rather have someone else do the work.

P.S. The awards theme will change week-to-week, so expect to see a new one next week. This week the theme is Firefly.

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