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Just Back ... Amerks Win, 4-3 (video highlights)

I've returned from Hershey's Giant Center (13 miles, door-to-door) to give DBTB Amerk followers a quick overview of a nice night. Rochester capped what could have been a terrible road trip with a win over the Bears.

Remember those 11-1 and 4-2 losses in Charlotte mid-week? The Amerks cleared those bad vibes.

They headed home batting .500 thanks to their second third-period rally in two nights. Coach Seth Appert's squad earned a 4-3 shootout win at Lehigh Valley on Saturday, after trailing deep in the third period.

I've been to each of the last four Amerks game in Hershey, so it's with some joy I that tell you -- this group is the most talented I've seen. And that's with Jack Quinn sitting at home watching the game via AHL streaming, and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in Buffalo preparing to face Columbus on Monday.

Three Individual Observations

Peyton Krebs -- the game's No.1 star, and well worth the honor. He's already in possession of NHL-level stick skills, and anticipation. Peyton's skating and acceleration are better than I expected, and I expected a lot. He's young (20, soon-to-be 21), and it shows. Krebs could look to shoot more, and be more powerful going to the net. And he's somewhat slight, though not small. A good strength-training regimen will do Peyton no harm, IMO. Still, it's clear to me he won't be an Amerk next year.

JJ Peterka -- he too won't be an Amerk next year. He's paired with Krebs on a line, and the two terrified the Bears at times. Peterka is a little more powerful than Krebs, and more of a direct player. JJ didn't have his shooting boots on (soccer term), though. Had he, Peterka might have had a first-period hat trick (all from slick Krebs passes).

Mattias Samuelsson -- the night's most pleasant surprise to me. I knew he was a big fella, but not that big. Still, he doesn't lumber around. A good decision maker in the defensive zone and real strong on his stick. Mattias is surprisingly agile for his size. I especially liked the way he often looked to join offensive rushes from the back end. Appert recently predicted Samuelsson having a "15-year NHL career" as a defenseman. That's a bit of a reach, but after seeing him tonight, now I think it could happen.

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