The Amerks played it simple, score goals to take a lead instead of trying to play catch up and it resulted in their first win of the season. Once the team had the lead they definitely appeared to play with more confidence than as seen during the first two games of the season.
Greg Mauldin scored at 16:06 of the first period to give the Lake Erie Monsters the 1-0 lead to end the first period.
Michael Ryan scored a goal assisted by Corey Tropp at 5:08 of the 2nd to tie the game 1-1.
TJ Brennan scored the game winning goal on the power play at 16:54 of the second period, assists went to Corey Tropp and Michael Ryan. Brennan scored the goal going to the net.
Derek Whitmore scored his first goal of the season for the Amerks at 7:38 of the third, assisted by Nick Crawford and Mark Voakes.
Updated: Credit for the goal was changed and given to Zack Kassian, assisted by Derek Whitmore and Nick Crawford.
I wish I could give more details on the goals but missed each of them and the Lake Erie Monsters don’t believe in showing replays of anything.
David Leggio played a good game, the defense also didn’t give the puck up as much leaving him helpless. Considering he tallied the win it’s likely he earned the start on Sunday against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
It’s great that the team pulled out the win and it’s something to build off of. They needed to get this first win to boost their confidence and bring that back home for Sundays home game. It also has to be pointed out that the Monsters are not nearly as talented as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins or Hamilton Bulldogs.
It’s all a step in the right direction! See everyone on Sunday.
3rd star: Michael Ryan
2nd star: TJ Brennan
1st star: David Leggio
Rochester Americans 3 at Lake Erie Monsters 1 – Status: Final
Friday, October 14, 2011 – Quicken Loans Arena
Rochester 0 2 1 – 3
Lake Erie 1 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Lake Erie, Mauldin 2 (Barrie, Elliott), 16:06. Penalties-Brennan Le (interference), 12:26; McNabb Rch (tripping), 14:03.
2nd Period-2, Rochester, Ryan 1 (Tropp), 5:08. 3, Rochester, Brennan 1 (Tropp, Ryan), 16:54 (PP). Penalties-Turnbull Rch (tripping), 8:25; Boychuk Rch (roughing), 13:48; Brennan Le (roughing), 13:48; Liffiton Le (roughing), 15:17.
3rd Period-4, Rochester, Whitmore 1 (Crawford, Voakes), 7:38. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Rochester 11-8-5-24. Lake Erie 12-15-8-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Rochester 1 / 2; Lake Erie 0 / 2.
Goalies-Rochester, Leggio 1-1-0 (35 shots-34 saves). Lake Erie, Cann 0-3-0 (24 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Jesse Pletsch (51), Steve Marofsky (58).