|(Photo: Micheline Veluvolu)
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Friday, January 23: AMERKS 3 – FLAMES 2
Phil Varone scored the game-winning goal with just 2:16 left in regulation on the power-play as Rochester downed Adirondack 3-2 on Friday at The Blue Cross Arena.
Joel Armia added a goal and an assist for Rochester, while Zac Dalpe contributed his third goal in three games. Starting his third game of the season, Matt Hackett stopped 21 shots to earn his first win of the season.
David Wolf and Max Reinhart each scored for the Flames, while Doug Carr made 29 saves in his season debut for Adirondack.
Saturday, January 24: FLAMES 4 – AMERKS 1
Rochester allowed two goals in just 1:22 late in the second period before eventually falling to Adirondack 4-1 at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday. The game was the ninth meeting of the season and second in two nights between the North Division rivals, who split the weekend set with alternating wins on home ice. With the loss, the Amerks fall to 18-24-1-0 heading into the AHL All-Star break.
Jerry D’Amigo scored Rochester’s only goal late in the third period with Tim Schaller adding the only assist. Andrey Makarov started in net for Rochester and made 31 saves in the loss, snapping a personal a three-game win streak.
David Wolf potted two goals for the Flames, while Marcus Granlund finished with a goal and an assist, and Corey Potter contributed two assists. Garnet Hathaway also scored for Adirondack and goaltender Joni Ortio stopped all but one of Rochester’s 36 shots for the win in his return from a recent NHL stint with Calgary.
Friday, January 30: Rochester @ Syracuse, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 31: Rochester @ Adirondack, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 3: Rochester @ Chicago, Noon
2015 AHL ALL-STAR GAME
Charles Hudon of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Brendan Leipsic of the Milwaukee Admirals and Mark McNeill of the Rockford IceHogs all recorded hat tricks to pace the Western Conference to a 14-12 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 AHL All-Star Game at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Monday.
Amerks forward Phil Varone registered two assists and three shots on goal in his AHL All-Star debut. He also had a penalty shot attempt in the second period, but was stopped by Manchester goalie J-F Berube.
Find out what goes on inside “The Mind of a Goalie” in the latest edition of Amerks All-Access, featuring in-depth interviews with Rochester netminders Nathan Lieuwen and Andrey Makarov talking about what drives them to succeed in the sport’s most demanding position. ** CLICK HERE TO WATCH **
The online portion of the team’s 2015 Men’s Health Night jersey auction closes at 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb 2. Only select jerseys will be available in the online auction, which can be accessed through www.amerks.com.
The Amerks and Urology Associates of Rochester are once again partnering to raise both funds and awareness for prostate cancer. As part of the initiative, the Amerks wore special-edition jerseys to promote men’s health awareness during last Friday's game against Adirondack. ** CLICK HERE TO BID **
Points: Grigorenko/Varone (30), Schaller/Larsson (28)
Goals: Schaller (13), Grigorenko/Larsson/Armia/Dalpe (10)
Assists: Varone (21), Grigorenko (20), Larsson (18)