Overreactions, Amerks in Buffalo Edition 2: Electric Boogaloo

Cody Hodgson

Hey look… there’s hockey in Buffalo! What a concept!

Before a record crowd of 19,070 at First Niagara Center, the Rochester Americans defeated the Lake Erie Monsters by a score of 4-1.

Thanks to two goals from Cody Hodgson and tallies by Mark Mancari and Nick Tarnasky, the Amerks never trailed and controlled most of the play. Brayden McNabb had two assists and Mancari, T.J. Brennan, and Max Legault also added helpers.

Despite the two meetings between the teams leading to a combined 13 goals in each matchup, David Leggio was solid in net for Rochester, stopping 36 of 37 Lake Erie shots, and as my man Marshawn Lynch said, “It don’t get no better than solid.”

Rochester moves to 15-11-2-1 on the season, good for 9th in the AHL’s Western Conference. They are a mere three points behind 4th place Abbotsford.

The Amerks head back to Rochester for another game tomorrow night against Binghamton. As for First Niagara Center, it goes back to darkness. For now.

  • Excellent to be back in the building. There’s snow on the ground, and the five block walk from my car to the arena in bone-chilling cold was refreshing. Wouldn’t be mad at all if they could figure shit out and get a season going.
  • Brayden McNabb picked up two assists, but for the majority of the game looked really shaky. Passes were off, just sloppy in general. He cleaned it up near the end, and made a nice play going to the net on Tarnasky’s goal. He was on the verge of a roster spot if there would’ve been a season, but I’m wondering how fast he’s slipping with Pysyk looking good and Brennan playing lights-out.
  • Leggio was quite good for most of the night, and was the beneficiary of a few quick whistles that may have led to glorious chances for Lake Erie. He stopped the ones he needed to and looked very comfortable in front of his hometown crowd.
  • There’s a reason a guy like Kevin Porter is the team captain, like the fact he’d go run after someone for questionably hitting a teammate. He didn’t get an instigator, which was thanks to a clever move by the officials to give him an extra two minutes (for charging) but keep him in the game. That’s a good Michigan boy right there.
  • Interesting that two members of Lake Erie, starting goalie Sami Aittokallio and defenseman Tyson Barrie, were alums of the 2011 World Junior Championships in this arena. One of the coolest parts of hosting the event is that for the next 20 years, you’ll see guys come back through who participated in that.
  • Cody Hodgson looked good the first game here in Buffalo earlier this season, but he seems like he’s taken another step forward. Best player on the ice.
  • Didn’t notice Luke Adam until the second period.
  • T.J. Brennan is in an interesting situation whenever next season rolls around. If there was no lockout, he’d have earned his recall by now. But with so many NHL defenseman under contract, what can they do with him? Guy is ready to be a #6 defenseman.
  • Zemgus Girgensons looks much farther along now than he did in the aforementioned first visit to Buffalo. There was talk he might join Latvia for the World Juniors in Russia, but it sounds like he decided himself to stay in Rochester.
  • Alex Biega gets a giant “meh.” For a while there was some reason to think he may turn into something. I don’t see him getting past the AHL.
  • Typical minor league environment at First Niagara Center. The crowd cheered when they were told to. When they got bored in the third period, there were random chants. It was a nice night out for a lot of people who wanted to see some hockey without any emotional investment. Don’t take notes, people. We can’t have this shit when the Sabres come back.

Posted on December 28, 2012, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I agree about Parker, loved that the captain didn’t hesitate but just went at the guy. Never woulda seen that from pommers.

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