Rochester Report:

As they went into this past week on a four-game losing streak, the Amerks are looking for wins and strong play from all facets of their game. Currently sitting second in their division, they need to find ways to win and preventing a stretch similar to what the Sabres went through last season. Although two of their opponents this week are non-divisional, wins are still crucial as the season progresses.

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

January 17: vs. Cleveland (L 4-3/SO)

Looking for a win to build momentum, the Amerks started strong with a PP goal from John Gilmour, his fifth of the year, with over five minutes remaining in the first. The opening period concluded with the Amerks having a one-goal lead and a 14-6 advantage in shots.

However, the scoring picked up in the next period, with four goals scored between both teams, three scored by Cleveland. Ryan MacInnis tied the game under three minutes in, before Casey Mittlestadt (4) helped Rochester regain the lead at 9:42, until a minute later when Trey-Fix Wolanksy tied the game once again. With under five minutes to go in the second, Kole Sherwood gave the Monsters a 3-2 lead after two periods. As most of the third period proceeded without a goal, C.J. Smith tied the game with his seventh goal of the season that helped send the game into OT.

The game then went into a shootout, which was won by Markus Hannikainen, as the Amerks fell 4-3. In his season debut, Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen made 23 saves but was unable to help Rochester stop their losing ways on this night.

January 18: @ Lehigh Valley (L 4-0)

After a tough shootout loss the previous night, Rochester needed a quick turnaround and end this current slide. However, they did not get off to the best start, as Greg Carey scored with the man advantage over five minutes into the game, while Max Willman doubled his team’s lead with six and a half minutes to go in the first, and despite only an 8-5 deficit in shots, the Amerks trailed by two after the first. After over half the period concluded, Carey scored his second of the night to make it a 3-0 lead heading into the third period. Similar to the second, both teams played the period without a goal for most of its duration, but with five minutes left in regulation, Mikhail Vorobyev scored his team’s second PP goal of the game, as the Amerks fell 4-0 on the road. Andrew Hammond made 19 saves on 23 shots faced, as the team stays in Pennsylvania searching for a win.

January 19: @ Hershey (L 4-1)

While the first period saw neither team put one behind the win, there were ample scoring chances by both teams, and the same could be said for the second period. However, with less than five minutes to play in the second, Martin Fehervary scored to give Hershey a 1-0 lead that they took into the second intermission. The third period would be a different story, as three consecutive goals from Brian Pinho, Garrett Pilon, and Riley Sutter scored over a five-minute span gave the Bears a four-goal lead. Although it seemed a second straight game in which they were shutout was coming, Remi Elie (4) put the Amerks on the board with 28 seconds left, but would not be enough, as they fell 4-1 to Hershey, with their losing streak now at seven straight.

Now with an overall record of 21-13-2-4 and 48 points, Rochester now sits in third, and only two points ahead of both the fourth and fifth place teams in their division. With upcoming games this week against Cleveland, Laval, and Syracuse, especially their last two games against opponents close to them in the standings. With road games against Cleveland and Syracuse, this upcoming week has to result in multiple wins as they risk to fall further down their division standings.

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.
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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