How The Amerks Can Beat The Crunch, Observations From Practice, MacWilliam Suspension, Nelson Injury Update

As Tuesday’s practiced drew to a close, Coach Taylor called the players into a half-circle. Taylor’s message was clear — the only game that matters is game 3. It doesn’t matter what happened in Syracuse, just focus on winning the game in front of you. The players responded with enthusiasm. Having lost the first two… Continue Reading

Game 1 Recap: Syracuse Dominated, Amerks Looked Lost

Last night’s game against the Syracuse Crunch started on a positive note. Porter carried the puck down ice, held the puck until his defender committed to him, and chipped the puck over to Bailey who was wide open in the middle of the ice. The pass missed its mark but Bailey managed to scoop it… Continue Reading

When the Amerks Season Started to Fall Apart…and Why

The Amerks have been in freefall since the second week of January. After winning 12 out of 17 games, they were shutout by the Syracuse Crunch on January 13th by a score of 4-0. Since that shutout loss the Amerks have won just 3 of their last 15 games. The Amerks are currently 4th in… Continue Reading

Ullmark Proved He’s Ready For The Top Job

Photo credit: Sabres PR There’s little hope for the Sabres this season. Having won just 11 of 44 games there is only one team with a worse record – the Arizona Coyotes. As poorly as this season has played out, Ullmark’s performance in last night’s win over the Columbus Blue Jackets offered Sabres fans a… Continue Reading

Here Comes Buffalo…?

If you would have told me the Buffalo Sabres would be 3-7-2 after 12 games I would’ve called you crazy. To find a record worse you have to go back to the tank year of 14-15 when the Sabres started 2-9 (including any OT losses). Phil Housley and GM Botterill have their work cut out… Continue Reading

What Went Wrong Last Night? The System Isn’t Broken, The Players Are.

Ask a dozen fans about what went wrong last night and you’ll get a dozen different answers. Some have already been quick to blame “the system.” Blaming the system might be the easiest excuse but is it actually the problem? Not from where I stand. Housley and Taylor aren’t asking for anything revolutionary. They’re not… Continue Reading

Paetsch is Injured (Updated)

Update (10-20-2017): The official word on Paetsch is that he’s week to week with a lower body injury, but Amerks Extra has learned that the injury may be more serious than the official report might suggest. Apparently Paetsch suffered a hairline fracture to his lower right leg/ankle and will be out for 4-6 weeks. If… Continue Reading

The Amerks Look To Build On Early Success, Nylander Update, and What’s Up With Gionta

The Amerks have started the season off on the right foot. They won their first preseason game against the Toronto Marlies 3-2 in overtime, pulled out a 3-2 win against the Marlies in their second preseason game, beat the Syracuse Crunch 3-1 in their season opener, and pulled out a 3-2 overtime win against the… Continue Reading

It’s Opening Night in Rochester

The ice is prepped, the glass is clean, and the players are ready. In a few hours the Blue Cross Arena will be packed for the start of the 2017-18 Rochester Americans hockey season. You’ve probably picked up on the buzz surrounding this season on Twitter. If you haven’t followed preseason coverage, you’re in for… Continue Reading

Hockey Season Is Upon Us; How We Got Here and What’s Changed

The 2017-18 hockey season is upon us. The Buffalo Sabres open their season tonight at the KeyBank Center and the Rochester Americans open their season tomorrow at the Blue Cross Arena. A lot of changes during the off-season have reshaped the outlook of both franchises. Many looked to the Sabres and Amerks as playoff contenders… Continue Reading

Amerks win pre-season opener in overtime, 3-2.

C. J. Smith gave the fans something to be excited about tonight with a two-point night, including the overtime game winning goal, to help the Rochester Americans defeat the Toronto Marlies 3-2 at RIT’s Gene Polisseni Center. Smith’s (1 goal, 1 assist) earned tonight’s first star leading the team in scoring. The first period was… Continue Reading

Training Camp Wrap-up — Pre-Season Game Day!

As training camp drew to a close, Coach Taylor called everyone to center ice. He declared that it was time to get into game mode. Don’t think of tonight’s game as preseason, get the win. Get two points. It’s a definite change of tone from the past few seasons where winning was a secondary concern…. Continue Reading

Paetsch and Taylor Face Their Biggest Challenge Yet

When Nathan Paetsch got the call from Randy Sexton he knew he wasn’t being offered a job based on talent alone. At 34, Paetsch is nearing the end of his playing career. He feels his body has a couple of quality seasons left in it, after which he hopes to transition to coaching. Paetsch’s career… Continue Reading

Amerks Training Camp, Injury Updates, Gionta, More Staff Changes

Opening Day of Training Camp The first day of Amerks training camp for the 2017-18 hockey season is in the books. It’s hard to predict anything based on a single day of training camp. Practice is…practice, but I can compare it to other years. Overall I saw a lot more intensity. Players were skating harder… Continue Reading

Meet The New Contributors

One of the amazing things about being an Amerks fan is that the team has a vibrant and engaged community. Twitter is a great way to stay engaged with up-to-the-minute updates and discussions (follow @AmerksExtra!) but there is only so much that can be discussed within the 140 character limit. With local publications like the… Continue Reading