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The Rochester Americans played three times last week, with coach Chadd Cassidy’s club walking away with one home victory and a pair of road losses.
On Wednesday, Brayden McNabb posted a goal and two assists and Kevin Porter connected for a pair of second-period tallies to lead the Americans to a 6-1 pounding of the Utica Comets. Kevin Sundher, Chad Ruhwedel and Nick Crawford provided single markers in a span of 2:11 in the third period to complete the rout, while Phil Varone and Jamie Tardif each added two assists. Matt Hackett stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn his fifth victory of the year.
With McNabb dispatched back to Buffalo on recall, the Amerks traveled to Grand Rapids on Friday for the first of two tilts with the Midwest Division leading Griffins. Unfortunately, the results were nearly the exact opposite of Wednesday’s effort.
|Jamie Tardif (Photo by: M. Veluvolu)|
Tardif scored the lone Amerks goal, his fourth tally in five games, and Varone drew his 19th assist of the season to tie for second-most in the league, as the Amerks were overpowered by five unanswered strikes in a 5-1 loss. Hackett again manned the net for Rochester, making 29 saves in defeat. Joel Armia was held pointless, but contributed a season-high five shots on goal.
The Amerks remained in Michigan on Saturday, and despite Johan Larsson’s return from a two-game absence, the song remained the same. Crawford gave the Amerks a 1-0 lead after the opening frame but the Griffins held firm the rest of the way to capture a 3-1 victory. Nathan Lieuwen’s 30-save performance earned him the game’s number three star, while Ruhwedel picked up a helper on the Crawford goal to give him points in three straight contests. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc led all Rochester skaters with five shots on goal.
Rochester (10-10-2-2) will be back at Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday to take on division rival Lake Erie Monsters. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
The Amerks and Monsters will then head to the great outdoors for Friday’s 2013 Frozen Frontier contest at Frontier Field in downtown Rochester, also a 7:05 p.m. start. The game will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel to customers in Western New York, and on SportsTime Ohio in northeast Ohio; SportsTime Ohio is also available nationally on DirecTV (channel 662), Dish Network (channel 431/5431) and AT&T U-Verse (channel 735/1735).
Jonathan Parker showed his affinity for sunny weather last week, posting six points in four games as the Colorado Eagles completed a trip through Florida. The 22-year-old Californian hit for three assists on Friday as the Eagles began a run of three games in three nights with a 4-1 triumph over Florida, and followed up with a two-helper effort Saturday in a 4-2 loss to the Everblades. Parker would score the game’s first goal in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Orlando, giving him 12 points (4+8) while dressing in 13 contests for the Eagles.
Colin Jacobs scored midway through the first period and later converted his shootout attempt to help the Elmira Jackals to a 4-3 win over Fort Wayne. Assigned to the ECHL from Rochester on Nov. 29, Jacobs has one goal and minus-two rating in four games with the Jackals.
Connor Knapp appeared in one game last week, allowing five goals on 35 shots as Greenville was blitzed by Kalamazoo 5-1. The second-year pro has collected three wins in 10 starts, including one shutout, while amassing a 2.31 GAA, and .934 save% (6th in league) for the Road Warriors.
Fort Wayne goaltender Andrey Makarov received two games worth of work as part of an Eastern Division road trip, making 31 saves in the Komets’ 7-2 win over Reading and then stooping 18 of 23 shots in a 5-2 loss at Elmira. The WHL product has seven wins, a 3.00 GAA, and .904 save% in 12 coast league appearances.
On Friday, Shawn Szydlowski produced a team-best five shots on goal and added a shootout marker in Fort Wayne’s 4-3 loss at Elmira. Szydlowski, who missed three weeks of action in November with a groin injury, has gone without a point in 11 games.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s web site - sabresprospects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @sabresprospects for in-game updates throughout the week on any Buffalo prospects that are in action.