From Where I Sat: Bulldogs at Amerks FNC Edition, 10/23/2012
Last night marked the first of twelve meetings between the Hamilton Bulldogs (Canadiens) and the Rochester Americans. Today’s game recap is brought to you by Section 116, Row 11, Seat 18 in the First Niagara Center. The Amerks, led by David Leggio, certainly made an impression on most of the 10,936 people who attended the game last night. If you are unaware, the final score was 3-1 Amerks. After the jump you’ll find The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
-For the first time since the home/season opener the Amerks were able to score the first goal of the game. How the official scorers determined that the goal belonged to Joe Finley is beyond me. It took a few bounces on the way to the net, and I could have sworn that it belonged Frederick Roy, but perhaps it bounced off of a few skates on its way to the net.
-For once the Amerks took fewer penalties than they drew!
-David Leggio was absolutely fantastic and was well deserving of the 1st Star honors for his performance; even if the one goal he did allow was soft.
-Cody Hodgson finally scored his first goal of the season. Perhaps it was the familiarity of the FNC ice that helped him? (Probably not.)
-Luke Adam (I’m just going to pencil him into this spot)
-Out shot, again. As I’ve said, it’s the number that make it past the goalie that really matters, but last night it was an indication of the flow of play.
-The first period. *Yawn* They should probably try to fix that.
-The crowd sucked. Nobody, it seems, wanted to cheer for the Amerks. I even tried getting a “This crowd sucks” chant going. Step up your game Buffalo!
-Passing. Just work on passing. Please?
-The Malcolm Reynolds: I can’t say I need to give this one out for this game. If I gave it to anyone it would be Peter Delmas, who didn’t have a bad game for the Bulldogs, despite allowing 3 goals on 32 shots.
-The River Tam: Cody Hodgson
-The Badger: Luke Adam
Overall I thought this was the best home game of the season, mostly due to David Leggio. I heard several people after the game say that they will definitely be headed to Rochester to catch a game. The Amerks have to be thankful they didn’t play like they did against the B-Sens on 10/16, because that certainly wouldn’t have won anyone over. As some of the players would say, three is a fluke but four is a streak. The next Amerks’ home game is Friday November 2. Expect to see a game preview that morning. The Amerks are on the road for the next two games to play the last-place (ZERO points!) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Penguins) and the 9th place (Eastern Conference) Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers).
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 monthly, so expect to see a new one next month. This will be the last week for the Firefly theme.