Another season passes without a playoff sniff for the Amerks. Frustrating, at best, for players and fans alike.
"Hey brother, it's time to put your hands up - 'cause we're building a stage together." (Bronze Radio Return, "Build a Stage")
In all of this mess, Andrey Makarov got his first shutout of the season against the Lake Erie Monsters on April 10. That's the shining star in what was a disaster of a run for the Rochester squad. In the nine games since we discussed what needed to happen for the Amerks to make the playoffs, the team spiraled out of control. They won exactly twice - a 5-1 decision April 2 in Syracuse and Makarov's SO in Lake Erie on the 10th. They were outscored 30-17. It's absolutely embarrassing.
This is not how the playoffs are made. Obviously. You're smart. You know this. The upside, if there is one, is that the Amerks would have likely faced Toronto in the first round and we're all able to figure out how that would've likely gone. We've done this dance before. It's not our favorite dance to do.
The Amerks welcome Albany to Rochester for their last home game on Friday. I know that I do not stand alone when I say that it would be nice to see them eek out a win and send the home season out on a good note. Or, at least, a note that's as good as possible. They then take to the road for two games in Toronto to finish out the season with an evening game Saturday and a mid-day game Sunday. Look for a season wrap-up from me early next week, and more off-season stuff from the entire DBTB crew as the summer goes on.
I joined with #HockeyFightsDV again this season, to benefit the Willow Center in Rochester, NY. I pledged $1/Patrice Bergeron goal, $5/Amerks Goalie SO, $1/Amerks win, $2/"Ryan Miller Shutout," $25/Amerks or Sabres goalie point, for a grand total this season of: $158. I can't imagine a better cause.