Game Preview: Heat at Amerks, 11/16/2012


Tonight marks the first of eight meetings between the Americans and the Abbotsford Heat. Last season the Amerks were 1-1-2-0 against the Heat, and 1-0-1-0 at home. After a 4-1 road victory against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday, the Amerks will be looking to notch their third straight win. Conversely, the Heat will be looking to continue Barry Brust’s shutout streak which currently stands at 231 minutes, 41 seconds. The only goal Brust has conceded in his four appearances this season was to former Sabres/Amerks legend Zack Kassian.

Records: (W-L-OTL-SOL)

  • Amerks: 13 GP 8-4-1-0, Currently 5th in the Western Conference
  • Heat: 13 GP 9-1-1-2 Currently 1st in the Western Conference (Also, the best record in the league)

Goals:

  • Amerks: 48 GF, 40 GA
  • Heat: 42 GF,  20 GA

Penalties:

  • Amerks: 297 PIM, 66 PKs, 13 PPGA, 80.3 PK%, 1 (EN) SHGF, Currently 23rd in the league
  • Heat: 205 PIM, 52 PKs, 1 PPGA, 96.2 PK%, 3 SHGF, Currently 1st in the league

Power Plays:

  • Amerks: 69 PP chances, 14 PP Goals, 20.3 PP%, 1 (EN) SHGA, Currently 9th in the league
  • Heat: 49 PP chances, 11 PP Goals, 22.4 PP%, 1 SHGA, Currently 4th in the league

Goalies: (Numbers in parenthesis indicate rank. * indicates projected starter. If less than 240 Minutes played no rank is given.)

  • Amerks: David Leggio, 12 GP 8-3-1-0, 2.84 GAA (29/48), 0.910 SV% (23/48), 35 GA, Saves: 354 of 389 (1/68), 0 SO (68/68)
  • Amerks: Connor Knapp* (Rookie), 1 GP 0-1-0-0, 4.06 GAA,  0.882 SV%, 4 GA, Saves: 30 of 34 (67/68), 0 SO (28/68)
  • Heat: Barry Brust*: 4 GP 4-0-0-0, 0.25 GAA (1/48), 0.991 SV% (1/48), 1 GA, Saves: 105 of 106 (45/68), 3 SO (2/68)
  • Heat: Danny Taylor: 7 GP 4-1-1-1, 1.69 GAA (3/48), 0.938 SV% (7/48), 12 GA, Saves: 183 of 195 (23/68), 1 SO (8/68)
  • Heat: Leland Irving: 2 GP 01-0-1, 2.40 GAA, 0.915 Sv%, 5 GA, Saves: 54 of 59 (57/68), 0 SO (31/68)

Forwards & Defensemen: (Points, Goals, Shots) (Minimum 1GP)

  • Amerks: 23/24 have points, 18/24 have goals, 47 goals on 397 SOG by 24 players (0.118 Shot %)
  • Heat: 20/24 have points, 14/20 have goals, 42 goals on 364 taken by 23 players (0.115 Shot %)

Forwards & Defensemen: Rookie Skaters (Minimum 1GP)

  • Amerks: 4 forwards, 2 defenseman. 8G, 13A, 68 SOG, 42 PIM
  • Heat: 6 forwards, 1 defenseman. 8G, 16A, 91 SOG, 28 PIM

Of course the above could all be rendered moot by the coaches using a player they haven’t used yet, or switching up goalies. We’ll find out come game time tonight. The Amerks have only one player who has yet to play in a game, right wing Jon Parker (#FreeParker). Edit: Kevin Oklobzija from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle is reporting that Connor Knapp will be getting the start in net tonight for the Amerks.

I’ll be in my usual seat (Section 114, Row G, Seat 13), so feel free to stop by and have an awkward conversation. Either that or creep me from afar, whichever you prefer.

Tonight’s game song is “Dragonheads” by Ensiferum.

In Rolston we trust.

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