The Rochester Americans are back on home ice this weekend for games against the Binghamton Senators and Grand Rapids Griffins. Below is a list of five reasons I’ve put together that you should go to the game or encourage others to go.
Based on the current rotation of goaltenders it’s likely that Drew MacIntyre will get the start in net. That’s the pattern Rolston has been going with and hasn’t shown any signs of it stopping. Two quick injury updates: There’s hope that Michael Ryan will be back within the next two weeks. Dennis Persson is still a few weeks out with an ankle injury.
Here’s those 5 reasons:
5. The Amerks power play.
This is likely an odd reason since they have not scored in the past 26 power play opportunities, a skid that everyone (coaches, players and fans) wants to end. So it’s a good game to attend to help support the special teams and cheer them on to success.
I talked to Ron Rolston, Zack Kassian and Paul Szczechura after practice on Thursday morning about the power play and they all said the same things. They need to shoot the puck and create chances. They can’t continue to look for the perfect pass and perfect shot. They also talked about how teams that are successful do those things and they’ll try and do the same. In other words, getting back to the basics.
The power play is one area of the game for this team that is still trying to click and once it does it’ll result in more wins. Tonight’s a good night to see the slump end.
Sometimes (not all the time) the fans are right when they yell “shoooooot it.”
4. A familiar opponent.
This is the third weekend in a row the Amerks are playing against the Binghamton Senators. The teams have split the two games with the Amerks winning the most recent won by the score of 3-2 last weekend. The teams know of each other so they should get right down to playing the game instead of trying to figure each other out.
3. It’s a Friday night and there’s hockey!
There’s a happy hour from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the upper atrium with $2 Molson/Coors drafts. There was a time in Rochester where Amerks hockey games were the go to event and it’ll take all of us to help make that a reality again. The games are a great time with great people. Come and hang out and get your weekend started with the best sport in the world.
2. The Players
They’ve only played 13 games and have already dealt with injuries and a call up that have had this team playing as a shell of what it was supposed to be. Even with those things happening they have a .500 record and are one point out of first place in what appears to be a weak division.
The phrase “like able” seems to be relevant with everything from politics to sports. The group of players on the ice are a hard working group of guys. No matter what happens in the game they’ll be going out there and doing what they can to win and entertain us. Even when they’ve gotten behind in games they find a way to come back, they don’t toss in the towel and go through the motions to end the night. They’re all in this together and so far after 13 games they’ve shown the character of this team is what’s going to help carry them. Each player brings something different to the team and while some may be criticized at times they’re all out there for the same reason, to win games.
1. Everything related to the Veterans!
All military members and their guests can purchase tickets to the game for just $10.
US Army Master Sergeant Gary Vandertang, a Rochester native, will drop the ceremonial first puck.
The Amerks are selling one of a kind military themed “Mystery Pucks” (see picture at the top of the article). Each puck is autographed by a current Amerks player and individually wrapped so the identity of the player remains a mystery until the puck has been purchased and unwrapped. Proceeds for the sale of the mystery pucks will go to Defending the Blue Line, which is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization “created by soldiers with the spirit of keeping hockey alive for the children of our nation’s military heroes.”
25% off at the team store for active and retired military.
There’ll also be more than 600 Boy Scouts in attendance. Each scout in attendance at the game will receive an Amerks/Scout badge while one troop will have the opportunity to present the colors for the National Anthem prior to opening face-off. More youth, more noise, more support for everyone.
See you at the game!