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AMERKS NOTEBOOK: BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 1:09 PM / News
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AMERKS NOTEBOOK: BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD
The Rochester Americans (3-2-0-0) will embark on their first “three-in-three” of the season this weekend when they hit the ice for three games in less than 72 hours.  The demanding stretch begins Friday night as the Amerks face-off with the North Division rival Hamilton Bulldogs at The Blue Cross Arena.  Following Friday night’s match-up, the Amerks will head north to Toronto for a 3 p.m. face-off with the Marlies.  The busy weekend wraps up with a Sunday evening tilt against the Adirondack Phantoms back on home ice. 

Rochester enters the weekend riding a three-game winning streak with victories over Lake Erie, Grand Rapids and Syracuse over the past week.  After dropping their first two games of the season, the Amerks have reversed their fortunes as the team builds its chemistry.
“It helps when you have some success to get chemistry and I think the guys start building that and feeling better about themselves and where they are,” said Head Coach Ron Rolston following Rochester’s latest win, a come-from-behind shootout victory over Syracuse on Tuesday.

Rochester rallied from an early 2-0 deficit in Tuesday’s win over the Crunch.  Jacob Lagace and Nick Crawford each scored a goal while David Leggio made 29 saves and Jonathan Parker netted the shootout-winning goal.  Lagace has now scored a goal in each of the last two outings while Crawford has a point in three straight games.  Entering play on Friday, Rochester is tied with Toronto atop the North Division standings. 


The Amerks’ depth has proven to be a valuable asset early on this season as the team has faced a variety of injuries.  Defensemen Dennis Persson, Drew Schiestel and Shaone Morrisonn have each missed time with various ailments, as have forwards Paul Szczechura, Michael Ryan and Maxime Legault.  Despite the lineup shuffling, the team has come together and gotten contributions from just about everywhere in the lineup. 

“With some of the injuries we’ve had, guys have really stepped up into spots and played terrific for us, so that’s a good sign,” Rolston said.  “Not only are those guys feeling good about themselves, but also the guys who get into the lineup are producing and helping us be successful, so that’s a positive thing.”


There has also been some shuffling in the crease, but it hasn’t been due to injury.  Goaltenders David Leggio and Drew MacIntyre have alternated starts, and each netminder has contributed to the current three-game winning streak.

David Leggio (Michelle Veluvelo)
“I think the competition is healthy in a sense that they push each other,” Rolston said.  “They have both had quality outings for us and have each been in games where they have held us in so we were able to get our feet under us.  We have got two quality goaltenders here that are capable of winning games for us and we are surely going to need it as we move along in our schedule with a young team.”

Leggio made 34 saves in a 3-1 win at Lake Erie last Friday in the team’s first win of the season.  MacIntyre followed up by stopping 30 of 32 shots in a win over Grand Rapids on Sunday before Leggio turned aside 29 shots in Tuesday’s win versus Syracuse.  Over the last three games, Leggio and MacIntyre have combined for a 1.62 goals against average and a .949 save percentage while allowing just five total goals.   


Amerks Captain Colin Stuart and rookie forward Zack Kassian have each gotten off to hot starts for Rochester, with each player notching five points through the first five games.  Stuart enters this weekend’s games having tallied four points (1+3) in the last two games and leads the team with 18 shots on goal.   Kassian, meanwhile, was held off the scoresheet for the first time all season on Tuesday after beginning his pro career with a four-game point streak.  

-- Dan Peters

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82