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2013-14 Amerks’ Midseason Report


It’s been quite a while since I last wrote anything about the Amerks. While there are many reasons for this, the biggest is that I’ve just been too lazy to provide updates outside of Twitter. A one-word summation of the Amerks’ season to this point would be disappointment. That’s not to say that the Amerks are a terrible team, of course. They simply aren’t performing at the level most fans hoped they would. After the jump you’ll find my thoughts on their season to this point. Read More…

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From Where I Sat: Monsters at Amerks, 11/11/2013


This afternoon marked the first meeting of the season between the Lake Erie Monsters and the Rochester Americans. The question on this fan’s mind was whether the Amerks’ domination of the Monsters would continue from last season, or if the Monsters would remember how to play hockey against the Amerks. It turns out that the latter was the case. The final score was 2-1 in favor of the Monsters in a shootout. You know the drill, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly are after the jump. Read More…

From Where I Sat: Utica Comets at Rochester Americans, 10/11/2013


Friday night marked the first of ten meetings between the Utica Comets and the Rochester Americans. This is also the first ever meeting of the Comets and the Amerks, as the Comets moved from Peoria this summer after the Vancouver Canucks purchased the Peoria Rivermen. I’m confident in saying that every Amerks fan in the building was hoping the game wouldn’t turn out like the home opener. Unfortunately for the busload or so of Comets fans in attendance, the game was indeed the opposite of last week with the Amerks winning by a score of 4-1. After the jump you’ll find The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Read More…

From Where I Wish I Hadn’t Sat: Griffins at Amerks, 10/4/13


Last night marked the first of four meetings between the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Rochester Americans. If you hadn’t already guessed by the title, the Amerks’ home opener did not go as well at they had planned. At the end of the night the final score was 8-1, Griffins. Sometimes the score isn’t indicative of how a game actually went (see: Sabres at Red Wings, 10/2/13), but in this case it is an accurate portrayal of how things went. After the jump you’ll find The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Read More…

Amerks’ 2013-14 Season Preview


The puck hits the ice at 7:30 PM NDT on Friday between the Providence Bruins and St. John’s IceCaps marking the first meaningful AHL hockey game in 107 days, 21 hours, and 39 minutes. That’s right folks, it’s been that long since the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Syracuse Crunch in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals to win their first Calder Cup in the team’s 12 year AHL history*. It’s only fitting, then, that the last team to win a Calder Cup game, and the first team eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs open their seasons together. The Rochester Americans will be looking to make the playoffs for the third time in as many years; only this time they hope to avoid the bitter disappointment of their last two trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs. After the jump you’ll find a breakdown of who is on the Amerks’ roster and some thoughts on their depth. Read More…

A (Very Early) Look at the Amerks’ (Potential) 2013-14 Roster


I’m not exactly sure what Darcy Regier has planned for the Amerks next season. And let’s be honest here, neither do you. As much as we want to be entirely “doom and gloom” about their chances next season, it’s simply much too soon to be declaring the season an utter failure. Remember, it is currently July 10 and the Amerks’ season doesn’t begin until sometime around October 4 (their home opener). Let’s take a look and see who they’ve lost and gained since free agency began on July 5. Read More…

Team From Toronto vs. Amerks, A Season Series Recap/Playoff Preview


With a 5-1 victory over the 30th place Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday, the Rochester Americans clinched a playoff spot for the 44th time in franchise history. All that remained to be determined was who they would play in the best-of-five first round series. If everything went well the Amerks would finish in 6th place in the Western Conference and meet the Grand Rapids Griffins. For this to happen, the Iowa Wild Houston Aeros needed to defeat the Oklahoma City Barons in regulation on Sunday and the Amerks had to win against Hamilton. The Amerks were able to continue their domination of Hamilton and won their game by a score of 4-1. Unfortunately for the Amerks, however, the Barons were able to defeat the Aeros by a score of 3-0. While the Amerks finished with the same amount of points as the Aeros, they lost the first tiebreaker by having fewer regulation wins than the Aeros. As such, the Amerks fell to 7th place and will meet that team from Toronto. The same team that swept them out of the playoffs in the first round last season. Read More…

From Where I Wish I Hadn’t Sat: Team From Toronto vs. Amerks, 4/19/2013


Most of you who are reading this likely also follow me on Twitter. As such, you will be fully aware of my thoughts on the Amerks’ performance against that team from Toronto for the past two seasons. If you don’t follow me, however, I will summarize my thoughts on their effort in one word. Unacceptable. After the jump you’ll find a few thoughts about their season performance, as well as their performance tonight. Read More…

On Booing


Much has been said about Sabres’ fans booing the team. Plenty of others have already touched on the subject, notably this piece and this piece from our friends over at Black & Blue & Gold. I suppose it’s my turn to weigh in on this subject. After the jump you’ll find my thoughts on booing. Read More…

Game Preview: Crunch at Amerks, 2/26/2013


Tonight marks the sixth of ten meetings between the Syracuse Crunch and the Rochester Amerks. So far this season the Amerks are 5-1-0-0 against the Crunch and are 2-1-0-0 at home. The Amerks have outscored the Crunch 27-17 in the season series, but as of late the Crunch have been outpacing the Amerks in the scoring department. The Crunch are coming off of back-to-back shutouts against the Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets) and the Connecticut Whale (NY Rangers). They’ve also scored 7 goals (3 and 4, respectively) in their last two games. Meanwhile, the Amerks have allowed 8 goals and scored only 3 in their last two games. After the jump you’ll find a few noteworthy statistics. Read More…