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DOWN ON THE FARM

by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres
(Photo: Micheline Veluvolu)

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Friday, December 12: BULLDOGS 3 – AMERKS 2
Johan Larsson
and Dan Catenacci scored 1:12 apart in the second period, but it was not enough as the Rochester Americans dropped a 3-2 decision to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the front-end of a home-and-home series on Friday at FirstOntario Centre. In addition to the goals from Larsson and Catenacci, Phil Varone, Mikhail Grigorenko, Chad Ruhwedel and Jake McCabe all recorded assists for Rochester while Nathan Lieuwen stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced.

Saturday, December 13: AMERKS 4 – BULLDOGS 3 (OT)
Second-year defenseman Chad Ruhwedel scored the game-winning goal on the power-play with just 1:14 left in overtime as the Rochester Americans dropped the Hamilton Bulldogs for a 4-3 win Saturday at The Blue Cross Arena. The win ended a season-long six-game slide for the Amerks. Zac Dalpe, Luke Adam and Phil Varone were the other finishers for the Amerks, with Johan Larsson and Mikhail Grigorenko each adding multi-assist outings for Rochester. Andrey Makarov improved his record to 7-7-1 with a 31-save effort.

Wednesday, December 17: SYRACUSE 3 – AMERKS 2
The Rochester Americans scored twice on the power-play to erase a pair of one-goal deficits, but it was Mike Blunden’s goal just 2:14 into the third period that lifted the visiting Syracuse Crunch to a 3-2 win over the Rochester Americans on Wednesday at The Blue Cross Arena. The loss was the Amerks second in three tries against their intrastate rivals from Syracuse. Veteran forward Matt Ellis scored his 100th career AHL goal on a first-period power-play for the Amerks, while Chad Ruhwedel scored for the second consecutive game on his sixth goal of the year to round out the scoring for Rochester. Andrey Makarov got the call in between the pipes and denied 15 of Syracuse’s 18 shots on net. Mark Pysyk, Jake McCabe and Brayden Irwin all added assists for Rochester.


UPCOMING GAMES


NOTES
* Phil Varone continues to lead the team in scoring with 24 points (7+17) in 28 games.
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The team lead in goal scoring is shared by four players with seven: Varone, Mikhail Grigorenko, Johan Larsson and Matt Ellis.
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The Amerks have three defensemen with 10 or more points: Chad Ruhwedel (6+10), Jake McCabe (2+8) and Mark Pysyk (1+9).
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Rookie forward William Carrier is a team-high plus-eight in 25 games played.
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Joel Armia
has missed the last nine games with an upper-body injury.
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Newcomer Jerry D’Amigo was minus-one with one shot in his Amerks debut on Dec. 17.
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Defenseman Matt Pelech was signed to a PTO contract on Dec. 16. Pelech was drafted 26th overall by Calgary in 2005.
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