Rochester Report: Week 21

Coming off a week in which they split their four games last week, Rochester sits in second with three home games this week, and two against divisional opponents in Belleville and Cleveland. The Amerks trail Belleville by seven heading into the week, while Cleveland sits last in the division. While they have not won consistently over the last month, Rochester will need to do so in order to ensure their chances for postseason success.

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

February 19: vs. Belleville (L 3-2/OT)

Rochester started strong early, as Jean-Sebastian Dea’s 15th of the year gave the Amerks a 1-0 lead, and along with a decisive edge in shots (13-3) saw them dominate Belleville in the opening 20 minutes.

While the next period saw the Senators earn greater chances, it was Jacob Bryson scoring his first professional goal at 10:56 in the second to double Rochester’s lead after two periods.

Although it took until halfway through the third, Vitaly Abramov scored to put Belleville within one, and under five minutes later, Josh Norris tied the game at 2 with 4:48 left in regulation, as they would go to overtime. Over a minute into extra time, Norris scored again to give Belleville the win, as Rochester fell at home, 3-2. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 15 saves, as the Amerks look to get back to winning.

February 21: vs. Lehigh Valley (W 3-2/OT)

The Amerks got off to a positive start, with C.J. Smith (11) scoring on the power play just a few minutes into the game, along with a lead in shots, Rochester maintained their one-goal lead throughout the game.

After a 14-9 edge in S.O.G., neither team scored in the second, as Andrew Hammond stopped all 18 shots faced after forty minutes. The Amerks entered the third period with a shutout and a 25-18 edge in shots, but Kurtis Gabriel tied the game 3:35 into the third. The game remained tied, although Lehigh Valley had more shots in the third until Sean Malone (11) gave the lead back to Rochester with 52 seconds remaining. Just 20 seconds later, however, Mikhail Vorobyev evened everything at 2, as the game went to OT.

It did not take long to decide a winner, as Bryson’s second goal gave Rochester the win by a score of 3-2, with Hammond making 29 saves in the win.

February 22: vs. Cleveland (L 3-2/OT)

While Cleveland earned few scoring chances early on, they took full advantage, as Trey Fix-Wolansky and Markus Hannikainen scored four minutes apart early in the first for a 2-0 lead. Taylor Leier did respond for the Amerks late in the period, trimming their deficit to one after the opening period, despite an overwhelming 16-3 edge in shots.

At 9:15 of the second, Brett Murray (9) tied the game for Rochester, and after two periods of play, the score was tied at 2, despite Rochester having nearly triple the shots on goal as their opponent.

The third period saw the Amerks continue their offensive production, but no goals scored, as the Amerks went to OT once again. However, over a minute and a half into the frame, Sam Vigneault scored the game-winner as the Amerks lost to Cleveland, 3-2. Making the start, UPL stopped 10 of only 13 shots faced for Rochester, while Joonas Korpisalo, who was making a rehab start, made 32 saves and won, despite his team being vastly outshot in this game.

Although Rochester earned one win this week, they came away with four points and remain second in the North, with 68 points (30-17-4-4) in 55 games played. Casey Mittlestadt earned an assist this week, while UPL finished the week with two OT losses, with a save percentage of .801% and a 2.94 goals against average. The Amerks head into the week concluding their homestand against Utica (63 pts) and Laval (58 pts) before ending the week traveling to Syracuse (61 pts) and face the Crunch. With three divisional games this week, Rochester has to get back to their winning ways in order to make the playoffs for a third straight year.

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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