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Rochester Report – Week 1

Thompson scores OT winner for Amerks

After being swept in the first round last season, the Amerks need to earn more wins this year against their division rivals in order to better position themselves for a playoff run. This past Friday, they started the season on a high note, earning a 3-2 OT win against the Syracuse Crunch. Although last year’s leading scorer Victor Olofsson has moved up to the NHL, the Amerks were able to find goal scoring in this hard-fought matchup.

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Although the opening period saw no goals scored by either team, Tage Thompson scored the first goal of the year for the Amerks off an assist from Rasmus Asplund to give Rochester the lead. Former Sabre Cory Conacher tied the game on a power-play goal eight and a half minutes into the second, as both teams would alternate goals throughout the game.

After being tied at 1 after 40 minutes of play, Andrew Oglevie scored his first of the year just over a minute into the final period, with assists from Scott Wilson and Zach Redmond to regain the lead. However, after the Amerks took a bench minor penalty, Danick Martel tied it up once again and the game went to overtime with the score at 2. As the overtime period went on, the Amerks had a decisive shot advantage and resulted in Thompson burying the game-winner.

After struggling in Buffalo for most of last year, Thompson was sent to Rochester near the end of last season. Continuing his hot streak from last year, Thompson scored two goals, including the game-winner in OT. If he continues to build off his play from last year, he may get a call up to the Sabres in the near future.

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Goaltender Andrew Hammond, who signed with the organization this past summer, earned his first win of the year, stopping 27 of 29 shots faced. While it’s just one game, a nice opening start could be a sign of another strong year of goaltending for Rochester, especially when Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen joins the roster once he comes off IR.

#Top ScorersGPGoalsAssistsPoints
72Tage Thompson4235
22Zach Redmond3134
15Andrew Oglevie4202
40Remi Elie4112
74Rasmus Asplund4022

Heading into the first full week of the season undefeated, the Amerks will head on the road for three games this week as they will play the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday, then travel to Providence the following day to take on the Bruins. They will conclude the road trip in Hartford to face the Wolf Pack. While Springfield sports a .500 record, Providence won their first two games over Lehigh Valley and Hershey in OT. Last year, Providence made the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division, and the Amerks split their two matchups with the Bruins last year. Hartford, however, is coming off a season in which they finished last in their division, and are looking to build off their hot start to the season, with home wins over Charlotte and Bridgeport, which came in OT. Each of these teams will provide a unique challenge for Rochester in this young season.

The Amerks head out on their first road trip and will look to build off the momentum from their first win of the year over a top division rival. As they begin the year under interim head coach Gord Dineen, it will be interesting to follow the team and see if they can continue their success from the last few years despite the coaching change to start the season.

10/04/19vs. Syracuse CrunchW 3-2 (OT)
10/11/19@ Springfield ThunderbirdsW 2-1
10/12/19@ Providence BruinsL 3-2
10/13/19@ Hartford Wolf PackW 3-2 (SO)
10/18/19vs. Cleveland Monsters7:05 PM
10/19/19@ Utica Comets7:00 PM
10/23/19vs. Hershey Bears7:05 PM
10/26/19@ Syracuse Crunch7:00 PM
10/27/19@ Springfield Thunderbirds5:05 PM
10/30/19vs. Providence Bruins7:05 PM
11/01/19vs. Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
11/02/19@ Utica Comets7:00 PM
11/08/19vs. Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
11/13/19vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
11/15/19vs. Cleveland Monsters7:05 PM
11/16/19@ Utica Comets7:00 PM
11/22/19vs. Hartford Wolf Pack7:05 PM
11/23/19@ Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
11/29/19vs. Toronto Marlies7:05 PM
11/30/19@ Cleveland Monsters7:00 PM
12/04/19vs. Toronto Marlies7:05 PM
12/06/19vs. Charlotte Checkers7:05 PM
12/07/19vs. Charlotte Checkers7:05 PM
12/11/19vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins7:05 PM
12/13/19@ Laval Rocket7:30 PM
12/14/19@ Laval Rocket3:00 PM
12/18/19@ Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
12/20/19vs. Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
12/21/19vs. Utica Comets7:05 PM
12/27/19vs. Belleville Senators7:05 PM
12/28/19@ Binghamton Devils5:05 PM
12/31/19@ Utica Comets5:00 PM
01/03/20@ Belleville Senators7:00 PM
01/04/20@ Toronto Marlies4:00 PM
01/08/20vs. Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
01/10/20vs. Belleville Senators7:05 PM
01/11/20@ Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
01/17/20vs. Cleveland Monsters7:05 PM
01/18/20@ Lehigh Valley Phantoms7:05 PM
01/19/20@ Hershey Bears5:00 PM
01/22/20@ Cleveland Monsters7:00 PM
01/24/20vs. Laval Rocket7:05 PM
01/25/20@ Syracuse Crunch7:00 PM
01/31/20vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
02/01/20@ Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
02/05/20@ Cleveland Monsters7:00 PM
02/07/20vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
02/08/20@ Toronto Marlies4:00 PM
02/11/20@ Charlotte Checkers7:00 PM
02/12/20@ Charlotte Checkers7:00 PM
02/15/20@ Syracuse Crunch7:00 PM
02/16/20vs. Utica Comets3:05 PM
02/19/20vs. Belleville Senators7:05 PM
02/21/20vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms7:05 PM
02/22/20vs. Cleveland Monsters7:05 PM
02/26/20vs. Utica Comets7:05 PM
02/28/20vs. Laval Rocket7:05 PM
02/29/20@ Syracuse Crunch7:00 PM
03/04/20vs. Utica Comets7:05 PM
03/06/20@ Belleville Senators7:00 PM
03/07/20@ Belleville Senators7:00 PM
03/11/20vs. Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
03/13/20vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
03/15/20@ Cleveland Monsters3:00 PM
03/17/20@ Toronto Marlies1:30 PM
03/20/20vs. Springfield Thunderbirds7:05 PM
03/21/20vs. Springfield Thunderbirds7:05 PM
03/25/20vs. Toronto Marlies7:05 PM
03/28/20@ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins7:05 PM
03/29/20@ Bridgeport Sound Tigers3:00 PM
04/01/20vs. Utica Comets7:05 PM
04/03/20vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
04/04/20@ Syracuse Crunch7:00 PM
04/08/20@ Utica Comets7:00 PM
04/10/20vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers7:05 PM
04/11/20@ Binghamton Devils7:05 PM

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