The Amerks Are Burning Down The House

Last night the Rochester Americans faced the Utica Comets in a lightly attended Friday night home game at the Blue Cross Arena. A kitchen fire left Utica’s goalie Richard Bachman in a haze during the 2nd period, but it was the Amerks who smoked Bachman scoring 2 goals on just 3 shots in the 3rd… Continue Reading

Amerks Look To Avoid Repeat of an Attrocious Opening Night

Amerks fans that missed portions of Friday night’s game due to long security and concession lines were the lucky ones. Following a playoff showing last season and lots of roster changes in the off-season, expectations were high. The Amerks failed to deliver, losing 6-2 to the Charlotte Checkers. While fans in Buffalo booed the Sabres… Continue Reading

Opening Night — New Scoreboard Shines, Bad Hockey, and An Arena Management Disaster

The Rochester Americans opened their 2018-19 season against the Charlotte Checkers in Rochester Friday night. Expectations were high following a somewhat successful 2017-18 season that broke a multi-year playoff drought and returned the Amerks to a winning record for the first time since 2013-14. The new season brought lots of changes in tow. The arena… Continue Reading

Pegula’s Awarded NLL Expansion Team In Rochester — New Scoreboard — Blue Cross Arena Upgrades Outlined

Today’s press event at the Blue Cross Arena served two purposes. First, to announce that the Pegula’s are being awarded an NLL expansion team for the 2019-20 NLL season. Second, to announce additional improvements and funding for the Blue Cross Arena. The Pegula’s NLL expansion team will retain the Rochester Knighthawks name and its history…. Continue Reading

Botterill Reshapes Goalie Landscape – Signs Carter Hutton and Scott Wedgewood

This morning marked the beginning of the 2018-19 NHL Free Agency Hunger Games. As expected the Sabres have had their hand in the cookie jar and what they pulled out is deals with two solid goalies. The Sabres signed Carter Hutton as their first-string goalie and Scott Wedgewood as the Amerks first-string goalie. Linus Ullmark… Continue Reading

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

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

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