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Amerks split the weekend but maintain their division lead.

Micheline Velovolu | Rochester Americans

Amerks Games This Week

  • Wednesday 11/7 - 7:05pm - vs Cleveland Monsters (in Buffalo at KBC - Tickets Here)
  • Friday 11/9 - 7:05pm - vs Syracuse Crunch

AHL North Division Standings as of November 5th

The Amerks went 1-1-0-0 last week to maintain their division lead.

They sit second in the Eastern Conference (behind the surprising Charlotte Checkers who handed Rochester those back-to-back opening weekend losses) and fourth overall in the league.

What Happened Last Week?

Record Oct 29-Nov 4: 1-1-0-0

The Amerks carried five days off into a home-and-home series with Hershey. I wasn’t able to watch either game but by all accounts they came out flat on Friday night and finally made a push in the third period before time ran out. Despite the loss, they carried the momentum forward and scored four unanswered goals to storm back for a comeback victory in Hershey on Saturday night.

I wasn’t able to catch either game, but as always Keith Wozniak has good coverage of both over at LetsGoAmerks.com.

Bright Spots

TheAHL.com
  • Zach Redmond, Olofsson, and Lawrence Pilut all remain in the top five in scoring in the AHL (joined by former Sabres Zac Dalpe and Phil Varone).
  • This team never quits. They’ve had some quiet starts this season, but they consistently find a way to battle back and give themselves a legitimate chance to win each game.
  • Sean Malone has returned to practice, which is great news for both him and for the team. He had an impressive finish to last season and expectations are high for him to pick up where he left off.
  • Another goal by Olofsson through an impossible hole.

Room For Improvement

  • The once hot Power Play unit has gone ice cold. They are 0-for-15 in the past three games. It sounds like zone entry has been a major issue of late.

Look Ahead

Good news for folks in Buffalo - the Amerks will play their annual game at Key Bank Center on Wednesday night at 7:05pm versus the Cleveland Monsters. It’s early in the season but this game is already a big one - Cleveland sits just two points behind Rochester for the North Division lead. Tickets are available and start at just $10. If you’ve been wanting to see the prospects in action but haven’t wanted to drive to Rochester or pay for AHLTV, now is your chance. Get downtown and check on the progress of the Swedish triumvirate: Pilut, Olofsson, Rasmus Asplund, as well as Alexander Nylander, Brendan Guhle, C.J. Smith, etc.

Transactions

October 31, 2018 - Myles Powell (C) from Rochester to Cincinnati.

Video Room

Game 11 - 11/2/2018 - Home Loss vs Hershey Bears

Game 12 - 11/3/2018 - Away Win at Hershey Bears

Injury Report

  • Jack Dougherty - Lower Body - Day to Day
  • Kyle Criscuolo - Lower Body - Unknown
  • Matt Tennyson - Lower Body - Unknown
  • Tyler Randell - Unknown - Unknown

Farmville

The Cincinnati Cyclones are 5-2-2-0 and sit in second place in their division.

Jonas Johansson is 2-2-1-0 with a 3.81 GAA and an .870 SV%.

Old Friends

  • Matt Moulson: 3+8=11 in 10 games with Ontario.
  • Nicholas Baptiste: 4+2=6 in 13 games with Milwaukee.
  • Colin Blackwell: 1+0=1 in 3 games with Milwaukee.
  • Cliff Pu: 0+1=1 in 7 games with Charlotte.
  • Seth Griffith: 4+5=9 in 11 games with Manitoba.
  • Jordan Nolan: 0+2=2 in 12 games with San Antonio.
  • Hudson Fasching: 2+3=5 in 10 games with Tucson.