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Two more games; two more wins.

Micheline Velovolu | Rochester Americans

Amerks Games This Week

  • Friday 11/2 - 7:05pm - vs Hershey Bears
  • Saturday 11/3 - 7:00pm - @ Hershey Bears

AHL North Division Standings as of October 29th

With two wins last week, the Amerks slightly increased their lead in the division, from one point to two. The biggest mover of the week was Toronto, who climbed four spots. Are they starting to gel?

What Happened Last Week?

Record Oct 22-Oct 28: 2-0-0-0

After the better part of a week off, the Amerks returned to action with back-to-back home victories against divisional opponents.

Bright Spots

  • The Amerks are riding an eight game point streak.
  • For most of the week the top three point scores in the league were all Amerks, with Victor Olofsson, Zach Redmond, and Lawrence Pilut sitting atop the leaderboard. Old friend Phil Varone has since snuck his way into a tie for second.
  • Lawrence Pilut - He gave everyone a good scare with a mysterious injury last weekend that saw him miss two games. Coach Chris Taylor admitted that the injury was minor and they held him out of the lineup because they have great defensive depth and they wanted to give Pilut an opportunity to fully heal rather than risk further injury that could nag him all season. Probably a smart move - he returned on Friday night and put three assists on the board.
  • Zach Redmond continues to be red hot and his nine-game point streak is currently the longest in the league.
  • Scott Wedgewood and Adam Wilcox - Wedgewood put up his first shutout as an Amerk on Friday night. These guys will probably never (hopefully never) play a game for the Sabres, but they’ve repeatedly come up with big saves when the team has needed them so far this season. Their stats are middle of the road and relatively unimpressive (Wedgewood - 2.86 GAA / .909 SV%, Wilcox - 3.31 GAA / .875 SV%), but they’ve both exhibited excellent rebound control and positioning so far this season.
  • Wayne Simpson continues to extend his AHL-leading consecutive games streak. He’s now up to 197 games. (knock on wood)
  • Despite taking far too many penalties (more on that below), the Amerks Penalty Kill improved from 68.6% to 75% and they added their second short-handed goal-for of the season.

Room For Improvement

  • Team discipline. The Amerks have seen a troubling trend with penalties: they’re averaging 5.2 PKs per game. That number includes an eight-penalty victory over Syracuse in Game 3 and a staggering twelve-penalty victory over Laval just two nights ago in Game 10.

Look Ahead

The team is in the midst of a quiet stretch where for the second straight week they have five days of rest before their next game. They’ll play a home-and-home series with Hershey starting in Rochester on Friday night.

Transactions

No player moves last week.

Video Room

Game 9 - 10/26/2018 - Home Win vs Utica Comets

Game 10 - 10/27/2018 - Home Win vs Laval Rocket

Injury Report

  • Sean Malone - Knee - Week to Week
  • Jack Dougherty - Lower Body - Day to Day
  • Andrew Oglevie – Unknown – Day to Day
  • Kyle Criscuolo - Lower Body - Unknown
  • Matt Tennyson - Lower Body - Unknown
  • Tyler Randell - Unknown - Unknown

Farmville

Early in the ECHL season the Cincinnati Cyclones are 3-1-2-0.
Jonas Johansson is 1-1-1-0 with a 3.35 GAA and an .880 SV%.

Old Friends

  • Matt Moulson: 2+7=9 in 8 games with Ontario.
  • Nicholas Baptiste: 3+2=5 in 10 games with Milwaukee.
  • Colin Blackwell: 1+0=1 in 1 game with Milwaukee.
  • Cliff Pu: 0+1=1 in 6 games with Charlotte.
  • Seth Griffith: 2+2=4 in 8 games with Manitoba.
  • Jordan Nolan: 0+2=2 in 10 games with San Antonio.
  • Hudson Fasching: 2+3=5 in 8 games with Tucson.

Have A Laugh

The Amerks video crew does a good job of producing some fun off-ice player content and here are the first two clips of the season.

Teammate Impressions

Wedgewood and Wilcox Frighten Teammates (well... they try to...)