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Camp Preview: 'Heavy' internal competition expected in Rochester

Amerks looking to improve upon last year's playoff appearance

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

Esprit de corps.

Fortifying the development model.

A helluva blueline.

Those are just three of the talking points from Rochester Americans general manager Randy Sexton that lead us into the season preview of the Amerks.

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Sabres sign Malone to 1-year contract

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Sean Malone to a one-year, two-way contract worth $787,500 at the NHL level.

Malone (6'0", 197 lbs., 4/30/1995) made his NHL debut in the last game of 2016-17 before completing his first full professional season in 2017-18. In 73 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL) last season, he recorded 22 points (12+10) and added two assists in three playoff contests. The Buffalo, New York native's 12 goals ranked second among Amerks rookies.

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Amerks became 'family,' established winning culture under Taylor

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It was a simple question, but one that left Linus Ullmark searching for an answer nonetheless. Much of that had to do with the timing - the Rochester Americans had just been swept in their first-round series against the Syracuse Crunch, a premature conclusion to their first postseason run in four years.

In the dressing room after the game, Ullmark was asked to describe what had been like to play with a group that described itself as 'special' so often this season. The goaltender, defined as much by his optimism as his skill in net, smiled. His eyes began to well. He began to speak, then stopped to take a deep breath. 

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Amerks' season ends in Game 3 loss to Crunch

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

ROCHESTER - For the first time in the series, the Rochester Americans held the lead twice, but the Syracuse Crunch countered with three goals in a span of 2:29 before holding on for a 6-3 victory in Game 3 of the North Division Semifinals at The Blue Cross Arena. With the win on Wednesday night, the Crunch eliminate the Amerks in the best-of-five opening round series of the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Amerks got goals from Danny O'Regan, Justin Bailey and Zach Redmond while netminder Linus Ullmark made 20 saves in the contest but was tagged with his third straight loss.

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Amerks trail 2-0 as series shifts to Rochester

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Amerks will return to Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday night aiming to change the tide of their series with the Syracuse Crunch. Rochester trails 2-0 in the best-of-five series following a pair of losses in Syracuse over the weekend.

Game 3 is set for 7:05 p.m. in Rochester on Wednesday. Game 4, if necessary, will be played at the same time on Friday. A pair of home wins for the Amerks would set the stage for a deciding Game 5 in Syracuse on Saturday.

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Crunch hold off Amerks rally in Game 2

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

(Syracuse, New York) - Despite the Rochester Americans scoring a pair of goals in each of the second and third periods of Saturday's Game 2 North Division Semifinal matchup, the Syracuse Crunch outlasted the Amerks as they came away with the 6-5 win at the War Memorial Arena. The Crunch hold a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-five opening round entering Wednesday's must-win Game 3 back in Rochester. 

-Tickets for Game 3 are on sale now-

The Amerks were led by Stuart Percy, Kevin Porter and Colin Blackwell's two-point performances while Justin Bailey and Nick Baptiste each scored their first professional postseason goals in the loss. Goaltender Linus Ullmark made 16 saves in the contest but was tagged with his second straight defeat. 

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Amerks fall to Crunch in playoff opener

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

(Syracuse, New York) -  The Rochester Americans and Syracuse Crunch exchanged a pair of goals during the opening period of Friday's Game 1 North Division Semifinals, but the Crunch outscored the Amerks 4-0 over the final 40 minutes to came away with a 6-2 win at the War Memorial Arena.

The Amerks were paced by Seth Griffith's two assists while Zach Redmond and Kyle Criscuolo scored their first markers of the postseason. Goaltender Linus Ullmark, who was one of several Amerks to make their AHL playoff debuts, stopped 28 of 33 but was tagged with the loss.

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Amerks ready to roll four lines against Syracuse

Brian Duff chats with Rochester head coach Chris Taylor

by Brian Duff @duffersabres / Sabres.com

Depth, balance, and options.

Chris Taylor has a lot of that at his disposal as he enters his first playoff game as head coach of the Rochester Americans on Friday night.

And because of that he's already delivered a strong message to his expanded spring roster.

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Amerks begin playoff series against Syracuse on Friday

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Amerks clinched third place in the AHL's North Division standings, setting up a first-round matchup with the Syracuse Crunch to kick off the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs. 

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Amerks Fan Appreciation Night set for Friday

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Amerks enter the final week of the 2017-18 regular season two points ahead of the Utica Comets for third place in the AHL's North Division standings with just three games remaining. Rochester will either face the Toronto Marlies or Syracuse Crunch in the opening round of the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.

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