Rochester Report: Week 3

After winning three of their first four games, the Amerks played at home on Friday against Cleveland before traveling to face Utica on Saturday. Both teams, along with Rochester, are among the best in their division, and a strong weekend was needed to boost their division standing.

#Top ScorersGPGoalsAssistsPoints
39J.S. Dea57152439
17Sean Malone58121830
22Zach Redmond5952530
15Andrew Oglevie55151429
19C.J. Smith50121527

October 18: vs. Cleveland (L 4-3/SO)

Returning home after last weekend’s road trip, the Amerks hosted the Cleveland Monsters, who were coming off losses in their first two home games against Syracuse last weekend. Although the first period was quiet with no goals, the second period was quite the opposite.

Despite a 24-10 advantage in shots through 40 minutes, Rochester held a slim 3-2 lead. This game saw multiple one-goal leads, with Stefan Matteau opening the scoring for Cleveland, while Dalton Smith tied the game 25 seconds later. His first of the year came off assists by Casey Nelson and Andrew MacWilliam. Kevin Stenlund scored to give Cleveland a 2-1 lead almost midway through the second, but Jean-Sebastian Dea tied the game at 2 under a minute later, and Scott Wilson gave the Amerks their first lead at the 12:24 mark of the period, assisted by Dea and concluded the high-scoring period.

With under six minutes left in the game, Matteau scored his second of the game, coming off the third assist of the game for former Sabre Nathan Gerbe and sent it to OT.

For the second straight game, the Amerks went to a shootout, where Gerbe buried the game-winner, handing Rochester a 4-3 loss despite being outshot 31-20. Starting in net, Andrew Hammond made 16 saves on 19 shots faced in the loss.

October 19: @ Utica (L 7-1)

After losing in a shootout the night before, the Amerks went into Saturday’s night game against Utica looking for another road win after winning two of three away from home thus far. While Rochester had the shot advantage, Utica was dominant in scoring from the start. The opening period ended with the Comets holding a 3-1 lead, earning goals from Sven Baertschi, Reid Boucher and Wacey Hamilton. However, Tage Thompson trimmed their lead to two with his third of the year, along with assists from Sean Malone and Brett Murphy with 1:28 left in the first.

The second was an eventful period for penalties, as the Comets had five minor penalties called, but had an effective PK unit as the Amerks were unable to capitalize on these chances. Utica also regained their three-goal lead with a goal from Zack MacEwen, with former Sabre Justin Bailey providing the assist.

The third period saw Rochester take four penalties, and Utica’s PP unit scoring one just over 10 minutes in, with Boucher scoring his second of the game. Nikolay Goldobin and Lukas Jasek scored 10 seconds apart at 13:07 and 13:17 for Utica’s last tallies as they dominated the Amerks, 7-1, remaining unbeaten.

Getting his second straight start, Hammond saved 23 of 30 shots.

This week, the Amerks will host the Hershey Bears on Wednesday, before embarking on another weekend road trip to Syracuse and Springfield. Of their three opponents, Hershey has the best record, with Syracuse struggling early in the year. After being assigned to Rochester, UPL’s debut is nearing closer and will be an interesting development as we go forward in the season. Currently sitting third in their division with 7 points in 6 games, Rochester will need to earn some big wins this week in order to keep pace with the top of the division.

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 MonstersL 4-3 (SO)
10/19/19@ Utica CometsL 7-1
10/23/19vs. Hershey BearsW 5-1
10/26/19@ Syracuse CrunchW 7-6 (OT)
10/27/19@ Springfield ThunderbirdsL 2-1 (OT)
10/30/19vs. Providence BruinsL 4-3
11/01/19vs. Binghamton DevilsW 4-2
11/02/19@ Utica CometsW 6-0
11/08/19vs. Binghamton DevilsL 4-3 (SO)
11/13/19vs. Syracuse CrunchW 4-3
11/15/19vs. Cleveland MonstersW 4-3 (OT)
11/16/19@ Utica CometsW 4-3
11/22/19vs. Hartford Wolf PackW 4-0
11/23/19@ Binghamton DevilsW 4-2
11/29/19vs. Toronto MarliesL 3-2 (OT)
11/30/19@ Cleveland MonstersW 3-2
12/04/19vs. Toronto MarliesW 4-0
12/06/19vs. Charlotte CheckersW 4-0
12/07/19vs. Charlotte CheckersL 3-1
12/11/19vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsW 4-2
12/13/19@ Laval RocketW 3-2
12/14/19@ Laval RocketW 5-0
12/18/19@ Binghamton DevilsL 2-1
12/20/19vs. Binghamton DevilsW 3-0
12/21/19vs. Utica CometsW 4-3
12/27/19vs. Belleville SenatorsW 4-3
12/28/19@ Binghamton DevilsL 2-0
12/31/19@ Utica CometsL 3-2
01/03/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 4-3 (OT)
01/04/20@ Toronto MarliesL 5-2
01/08/20vs. Binghamton DevilsL 4-3 (SO)
01/10/20vs. Belleville SenatorsL 5-1
01/11/20@ Syracuse CrunchL 5-4
01/17/20vs. Cleveland MonstersL 4-3 (SO)
01/18/20@ Lehigh Valley PhantomsL 4-0
01/19/20@ Hershey BearsL 4-1
01/22/20@ Cleveland MonstersW 3-2 (OT)
01/24/20vs. Laval RocketW 5-2
01/25/20@ Syracuse CrunchW 3-2
01/31/20vs. Syracuse CrunchW 4-2
02/01/20@ Binghamton DevilsW 3-2
02/05/20@ Cleveland MonstersW 4-2
02/07/20vs. Syracuse CrunchL 5-2
02/08/20@ Toronto MarliesL 4-0
02/11/20@ Charlotte CheckersL 4-2
02/12/20@ Charlotte CheckersL 5-2
02/15/20@ Syracuse CrunchW 4-3 (SO)
02/16/20vs. Utica CometsW 3-2
02/19/20vs. Belleville SenatorsL 3-2 (OT)
02/21/20vs. Lehigh Valley PhantomsW 3-2 (OT)
02/22/20vs. Cleveland MonstersL 3-2 (OT)
02/26/20vs. Utica CometsL 3-2 (SO)
02/28/20vs. Laval RocketW 4-2
02/29/20@ Syracuse CrunchL 4-2
03/04/20vs. Utica CometsL 3-1
03/06/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 5-3
03/07/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 4-2
03/11/20vs. Binghamton DevilsL 5-2
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
Robert Janish, Jr.
Robert Janish, Jr.
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