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DOWN ON THE FARM

Check out the week that was for Buffalo's pro prospects

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 4:09 PM / News
By Kris Baker  - SabresProspects.com
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DOWN ON THE FARM
The AHL\u2019s Rochester Americans moved up in the standings last week, earning two victories in three tries, including a thrilling shootout triumph over a division rival.
Matt Hackett (Photo: M. Veluvolu)

The AHL’s Rochester Americans moved up in the standings last week, earning two victories in three tries, including a thrilling shootout triumph over a division rival.

The busy week began on Wednesday with Jamie Tardif scoring a pair of goals - including one via penalty shot - as Rochester downed Lake Erie 4-2. Kevin Porter and Mike Zigomanis provided single markers, while Matt Hackett had a light night in the Amerks crease, stopping 16 of the 18 shots sent his way to earn the victory. Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel contributed two assists for his second multipoint game of the season.

The Amerks and Monsters reconvened Friday as 11,015 fans braved the frigid temperatures to enjoy a classic outdoor battle at the 2013 Frozen Frontier.

Matt Ellis produced a goal and an assist in regulation and later added the shootout winner as Rochester earned their second-straight victory, a 5-4 decision over Lake Erie. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Phil Varone and Colton Gillies also scored for Rochester, while Joel Armia contributed an assist and three shots on goal. Hackett was again solid with 26 saves for the Amerks.

With the magical victory behind them, the Amerks packed their gear and headed east on the I-90 for a Saturday night tilt against rival Syracuse. Nathan Lieuwen stopped 26 of 27 shots to earn the game’s number three star, but Brett Connolly’s first-period goal would hold up the rest of the way resulting in a 1-0 shutout loss to the Crunch. Johan Larsson posted five of the Amerks' 27 shots in the loss.

Sitting in second place in the North Division standings, the Amerks (12-11-2-2) will faceoff with the team one point ahead of them on Wednesday when they host the Toronto Marlies for a 7:05 p.m. start at Blue Cross Arena.

Andrey Makarov (Photo: C. Iddings)

ECHL
Fort Wayne goaltender Andrey Makarov turned away 34 of 35 shots Saturday to earn the game's number two star as the Komets downed Kalamazoo 4-1. The Russian rookie has won eight of his first 13 pro starts, racking up a 2.85 GAA and .910 save% along the way.

Shawn Szydlowski picked up an assist for his first point of the year in Fort Wayne’s Saturday victory. The third-year pro has played 13 games this season, totaling 20 shots on goal, nine penalty minutes and a minus-four rating in addition to his one point.

Jonathan Parker collected two assists last week as the Colorado Eagles won two of three contests versus the Las Vegas Wranglers. Parker has 14 points (4+10) and a plus-two rating in 16 games since being dispatched to the Eagles back on Nov. 5.

Elmira forward Colin Jacobs went without a point last week as the Jackals won twice and lost once. The WHL product has scored once on 10 shots on goal through his first seven coast league appearances.

Greenville goaltender Connor Knapp was a scratch in both of team’s contests last week. The 6-foot-6 stopper has three wins in 10 starts for the Road Warriors, amassing a 2.31 GAA (9th in league) and .934 save% (3rd).


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.

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STANDINGS

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