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Amerks committed to improving upon last season

Brian Duff checks in with Amerks GM Randy Sexton at the beginning of the offseason

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

In two years as general manager of the Rochester Americans, Randy Sexton has seen the club improve from the 67-point team he inherited to 91 and 99-point teams under head coach Chris Taylor.

As expected, roster turnover has been significant. We might be looking for a new adjective after this summer.

"It's certainly a bigger challenge this coming summer than it was last summer," Sexton admitted. "And that's because we now have some young players kicking the door to try and earn a full-time spot in Buffalo. 

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Luukkonen undergoes successful hip surgery

Goaltender made professional debut for Amerks on April 14

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

Rochester Americans general manager Randy Sexton announced today that goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has undergone successful hip surgery. 

"Ukko-Pekka underwent hip surgery in New York and is expected to make a full recovery within the next six months. We were very pleased with his professional debut in Belleville and look forward to a strong offseason of training as he begins the rehabilitation process," Sexton said. 

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DUFFER: Looking ahead to Game 3 in Toronto

Brian Duff shares his expectations for the Amerks' lineup on Wednesday

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

2-0.

The worst lead in hockey, right?

The Amerks might tend to agree based on how Easter Sunday at Blue Cross Arena quickly unraveled against the Marlies, leading to a 3-2 loss in overtime and the 2-0 series deficit they currently face.

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Amerks hope to stay alive in 1st-round series against Toronto

Fans in the Buffalo and Rochester markets can watch Game 3 on MSG

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Amerks look to stave off elimination as the best-of-five series shifts north of the border on Wednesday for Game 3 of the North Division Semifinals at Coca-Cola Coliseum. 

Opening puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be heard live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV. MSG Network will also carry Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment's live broadcast of the matchup in Toronto with coverage available in both the Rochester and Buffalo markets.

 

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DUFFER: Looking ahead to Game 2 for the Amerks

Rochester hopes to even the series against Toronto on Sunday

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

There's only one way to look for the Rochester Americans and that's straight ahead into Sunday's Game 2 at Blue Cross Arena against the Toronto Marlies.

Toronto won Game 1 by a 4-1 score Friday night. Tage Thompson picked up the lone goal for the Amerks.

By the letter, here are where improvements can be made in their attempt to even the series:

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DUFFER: 5 Amerks to keep an eye on

Important pieces for the Rochester Americans this spring and for the Buffalo Sabres moving forward

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

The Rochester Americans open up their first-round Calder Cup Playoff series against the Toronto Marlies on Friday at Blue Cross Arena

The Amerks roster features many interesting names - including Defenseman of the Year Zach Redmond and 30-goal scorer Victor Olofsson - so here are five players I'll be watching closely during the postseason who could make a big impact. 

 

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Amerks' Round 1 series against Toronto begins Friday

Sabres.com's weekly Amerks Update

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Rochester Americans will face the defending Calder Cup champion Toronto Marlies in the first round of the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs. The Amerks begin the postseason on home ice for Games 1, presented by Nissan, and 2 of the best-of-five opening round series on Friday, April 19 and Sunday, April 21 at Blue Cross Arena. Rochester will also host a decisive Game 5, if necessary, on Sunday, April 28.

The opening round series will mark the third meeting in the postseason between the two teams since 2012.

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Sabres, Bryson agree to entry-level deal

Defenseman completed junior season with Providence at the Frozen Four last weekend

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Jacob Bryson to a three-year, entry-level contract. Bryson will sign an ATO and report to the Rochester Americans (AHL). The entry-level contract will begin starting with the 2019-20 season.

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Amerks lock up home ice for 1st-round playoff series

Sabres.com's weekly Amerks Update

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

Following their 2-1 win over Cleveland on Monday, the Rochester Americans secured home ice for the best-of-five opening round series of the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Amerks will host:
Game 1 on Friday, April 19 at 7:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena 
Game 2 on Sunday, April 21 at 3:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena
Game 5 (if necessary) on Sunday, April 28 at 5:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena 

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Sabres return 3 players to Amerks

Rochester has 4 games remaining before Calder Cup Playoffs begin

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forwards Alexander Nylander and Victor Olofsson, and defenseman Lawrence Pilut to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

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