|Joel Armia took Joni Ortio to school on this penalty shot (Photo by Micheline Veluvolu)
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Friday, October 10: AMERKS 6 – ADIRONDACK 1
Rochester scored three times in the second period and added three more in the third as they opened the 2014-15 season with a dominating 6-1 rout over the Adirondack Flames at The Blue Cross Arena. The matchup was the first-ever between the Amerks and the Flames, who are entering their inaugural American Hockey League season, and was the first of 12 games between the newly-formed division rivals.
Second-year defenseman Chad Ruhwedel topped the Amerks with a goal and two assists, while Mikhail Grigorenko scored the first tally of his AHL career during the second period that would prove to be the eventual game-winning goal. Tim Schaller, Matt Ellis, Joel Armia (penalty shot) and Phil Varone also added goals for the Amerks, with newcomer William Carrier chipping in with two assists in his professional debut. Nathan Lieuwen was steady between the pipes in his season debut, stopping 27 of 28 shots to earn his first win on the young season.
Saturday, October 11: HAMILTON 6 – AMERKS 4
Despite a two-goal effort from newcomer Akim Aliu, Rochester fell to Hamilton 6-4 in the second game of the young season at The Blue Cross Arena. The Bulldogs scored three unanswered goals in the final three minutes to erase a 4-3 deficit on their way to claiming the first of 10 games between Rochester and Hamilton this season.
Amerks rookie William Carrier scored the first goal of his professional career in the opening period, while Luke Adam finished with two assists and Johan Larsson added a goal and an assist to pace the Amerks. Getting his second start in consecutive nights, Nathan Lieuwen had 25 saves on 30 shots in defeat. Adam’s first assist on the night was his 100th point in an Amerks uniform.
WHO’S HOTNEWS AND NOTES
- Saturday, October 18: Rochester @ Toronto, 7:05 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 22: Rockford @ Rochester, 7:05 p.m. – CLICK TO BUY TICKETS
Rochester signed forward Akim Aliu to a professional tryout contract on October 9. Aliu, 25, appeared in 23 AHL games with Hamilton and Hartford last season, recording five points (4+1) and 25 penalty minutes. He also appeared in two games with AIK of the Swedish Hockey League. A native of Okene, Nigeria, Aliu has played in 221 career AHL games with Rockford, Chicago, Peoria, Abbotsford, Hamilton and Hartford, collecting 67 points (40+27) and 353 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Aliu was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (56th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Forward Justin Kea was recalled from the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL on October 12. In addition, Rochester released defenseman Steven Shamanski from his professional tryout contract.
Adirondack’s Trevor Gillies was suspended 12 games for an incident in Friday’s game when he slammed Carrier’s head to the ice during an altercation late in the third period. This is the seventh AHL suspension of Gillies’ career, along with two others in the NHL.
The Amerks have partnered with RochesterWorks! to host a Downtown Career Fair on Friday, Nov. 14 at The Blue Cross Arena from 1-4 p.m. The event will be followed by a 7:05 p.m. game between the Amerks and Toronto Marlies. Businesses can reserve their spot at the Downtown Career Fair for $300 ($150 for 501c-3 non-profit organizations) by visiting www.amerks.com/careerfair. The cost includes one table, one free parking spot for the day, 20 tickets to the Amerks game to follow, and access to a cocktail reception prior to the game. Job seeker registration for the event is free and includes one ticket to the Amerks game that night. Job seekers must register in advance to attend the free event by visiting www.amerks.com/jobseeker.