Rochester Report: Week 14

Although they have remained in first over the last few weeks, the Amerks have been unable to continue a lengthy winning stretch. In the last two weeks, they have won only two of their last five games and would need a successful week to continue staying at the top of their division, especially with every game coming against divisional foes.

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

December 31: @ Utica (L 3-2)

The game began with the Amerks outshooting Utica in the first period, doubling the Comets shot total, and a Taylor Leier goal, his fourth of the year, gave Rochester a one-goal lead after 20 minutes of play.

Utica was able to bounce back in the second, with Brogan Rafferty tying the game on the power-play, which was then followed near the period’s conclusion with Wacey Hamilton scoring with 38 seconds remaining in the second, as Utica held a 2-1 lead at the second intermission.

At 7:32 of the third, Leier scored his second of the night, once again with the man advantage, and evened the game at 2. However, it was former Amerk Justin Bailey who scored the game-winner with another power-play goal, as Utica won 3-2 at home over the Amerks, despite a 35-18 edge in shots. Special teams were key in this game, with each team scoring two PPGs, and Hammond made the start in net for Rochester, earning only 15 saves in the game. As the team continues their road trip, a win is needed to gain momentum.

January 3: @ Belleville (W 4-3)

After falling to Rochester in their previous matchup, Belleville got off to a fast start, starting with a lead in shots, and Josh Norris scoring nearly halfway through the first gave the Senators a lead after the opening period. However, the Amerks responded with two periods where they dominated Belleville in shots on goal, 29-10. Sean Malone (7) scored two minutes into the period to tie the game at 1, which held until the 8:06 mark when Alex Formenton put the Senators back in the lead. The Amerks, however, scored two goals in the period’s last eight minutes, courtesy of Jean-Sebastian Dea (11) and Casey Mittlestadt, who scored his first career AHL goal, which gave Rochester a 3-2 lead after two.

As the game showed, it was not over as Drake Batherson helped Belleville send the game to OT, but Remi Elie (3) scored a minute into the extra frame for a 4-3 Amerks win.

Jonas Johansson continued his stellar year, making 19 saves, improving to 11-2-2, along with a 2.07 GAA and .930 SV%, which rank 3rd and 4th in the league, respectively. A win against Toronto would help them going forward as the season nears its halfway point.

January 4: @ Toronto (L 5-2)

While both teams got ample shooting chances early in the game, Kalle Kossila and Kenny Agostino scored a couple of minutes apart later in the first to give Toronto a two-goal lead.

Casey Mittlestadt, however, was able to cut the deficit in half at 18:24 of the first, and they left the ice trailing 2-1.

Lawrence Pilut (5) evened the game at 10:43 of the second, which would result in a 2-2 score after two periods, with the Amerks edging Toronto in shots, 24-18. The Marlies offense opened up in the third with three goals in over three minutes, which were scored by Kossila, Pontus Asberg and Egor Korshkov between 11:24-14:44 of the period, and would lift Toronto to a 5-2 win over Rochester. Andrew Hammond made 22 saves on 27 shots faced in this matchup.

After losing two of their three games this past week, they return home to face Binghamton (30 pts) and Belleville (43 pts) before traveling to Syracuse and face the Crunch (37 pts), who has struggled after winning the division last season. Currently sitting at 21-9-2-2 with 46 points, they have split their matchups, they lost their last meeting with the Devils, who sit in last in the North while defeating Belleville this past week. While the Amerks have not faced Syracuse since November 13, they won 4-3 over the Crunch and strong performances against their upcoming opponents are needed, with only a two point lead in 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.
One of the most memorable Sabres games I ever attended was the line brawl against the Senators, which Buffalo won in a shootout, 6-5. I can't wait for the day when playoff hockey returns to Buffalo. I graduated with a Masters in Sport Administration, and a Bachelor's in Political Science & Communication Studies from Canisius College.
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