The Rochester Americans continue to impress with their stretch of impressive hockey, considering all the roster movement and injuries.
Rochester finds themselves in a precarious situation, despite their recent successes. This is something that we will discuss momentarily.
For now, we take a look back.
November 13 – Rochester 4, Syracuse 3
ROC: K. Porter (4), J. Dea (6), T. Randell (1), E. Cornel (2)
ROC: J. Johansson – 28 saves (W – 3-2-2)
November 15 – Rochester 3, Cleveland 2 (OT)
ROC: L. Pilut (2), J. Dea (7), A. Oglevie (3)
ROC: J. Johansson – 25 saves (W – 4-2-2)
November 16 – Rochester 4, Utica 3
ROC: Z. Redmond (2), A. Oglevie (4), S. Malone (4), C. Nelson (3)
ROC: A. Hammond – 25 saves (W – 6-1-2)
Three Big Things
1: Three Cheers for Gord
The season began with a curveball, following the recall of Americans head coach Chris Taylor to the Buffalo Sabres.
From there, Gord Dineen has done everything in his power to ensure that the Americans do not falter in Taylor’s absence.
Dineen has excelled beyond expectations.
Through 16 games, the Americans are tied for first in the North Division with 23 points.
Stick taps all around for Gord Dineen.
2: Depth Scoring Continues
While Rochester continues to cycle players in and out of the lineup, their depth scoring continues to be an asset.
J.S. Dea, a top-six forward, tallied two goals this past weekend. Dea was brought to Rochester to score goals and he continues to do just that.
Aside from that, eight different players scored goals.
Rochester has excelled with their depth scoring to this point, which is somewhat surprising seeing how badly their parent club has struggled with this.
3: A Roster in Flux
Between Buffalo’s injuries forcing call-ups, mixed in with Rochester’s own injuries, Rochester finds themselves feeling the roster pinch.
This past stretch of games found Rochester playing two defensemen at forward.
With a recent injury update, things most certainly got worse for Rochester.
Sabres/Amerks injury report for Monday, November 18. pic.twitter.com/M1LQATBSA3— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) November 18, 2019
Approximately everybody is currently injured - no word if the Americans will be accepting resumes for amateur tryouts.
Friday, November 22 - Rochester Americans vs Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, November 23 - Rochester Americans at Binghamton Devils