|(Photo: Micheline Veluvolu)
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Friday, December 5: BINGHAMTON 4 – AMERKS 1
The Binghamton Senators scored twice in a span of 2:40 in the second period and tacked on two more in the third as the B-Sens completed a two-game sweep of the Rochester Americans with a 4-1 win at The Blue Cross Arena. The loss was the second in a row and third against Binghamton so far this season. Johan Larsson scored the lone goal for the Amerks during the middle frame, with Mikhail Grigorenko and captain Drew Bagnall adding assists on the night. Nathan Lieuwen started between the pipes for Rochester and finished with 24 saves on 28 shots in the defeat.
Saturday, December 6: SYRACUSE 2 – AMERKS 0
Despite a near-perfect effort from starting goaltender Andrey Makarov, the Rochester Americans were blanked by the Syracuse Crunch 2-0 at the War Memorial at Oncenter in Syracuse. It was a reversal of fortunes for both clubs, as Syracuse responded with a shutout of its own against Rochester following a 3-0 Amerks win in Syracuse back on Oct. 31. The story for the Amerks was Makarov, who continued his stingy play against the Crunch this season. Makarov stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced in the losing effort, and has only allowed one goal on the 72 shots he has faced in two matchups against the Crunch this season.
Sunday, December 7: TORONTO 3 – AMERKS 0
The Toronto Marlies scored once in each period and used a 25-save shutout from rookie goaltender Antoine Bibeau to defeat the Rochester Americans by a 3-0 at Ricoh Coliseum. The loss marks the second straight game the Amerks were shutout and extends Rochester’s current losing streak to four games. Veteran forward Matt Ellis finished with a team-high five shots while Nathan Lieuwen stopped 15 of the 17 shots he faced in the losing effort.
* Phil Varone leads the team in scoring with 22 points (6+16), including 12 assists in his last 13 games.
* Mikhail Grigorenko and Luke Adam are tied for the team lead with seven goals each
* Chad Ruhwedel’s 13 points (4+9) top all Amerks defensemen; all four goals have come on the power play
* Joel Armia has 15 points (6+9) in 19 games, but has missed the last five with an upper-body injury.
* Rochester also remains one of just three AHL teams to have six players with 15 or more points: Varone, Adam, Armia, Tim Schaller, Grigorenko and Johan Larsson.