Archives for April 2012

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Do Rochester Amerks have enough left? (Rochester D&C)
‘Scary’ Marlies eye Calder Cup (Toronto Sun)
Amerks prep for first round of playoffs (WHEC-TV)
Amerks Goalie Leggio Riding Amazing Streak Into The Playoffs (WHAM-TV)
Next stop: Toronto (
Kevin Sundher reassigned to Amerks from WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings (
Amerks’ players share their playoff memories (

Sabres prospect Adam still searching for scoring touch in Rochester

‘“Right now, his confidence offensively isn’t there,” Amerks coach Ron Rolston said Friday inside the Blue Cross War Memorial. “As soon as he nets one it’s going to change.”’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks make AHL playoffs (Rochester D&C)
Amerks Make Calder Cup Playoffs (WGR-AM)
David Leggio and the journey to Amerks’ MVP (WGR-AM)
Amerks will face Toronto in the first round of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs (
Marlies Announce Round One Playoff Schedule Versus Rochester Americans (

Sabres undone by losing mentality

‘”Yeah,” alternate captain Derek Roy admitted. “You’ve got to go out and make a difference. You’ve got to want the puck. You’ve got to want to change and score a goal and be the difference in the game. I thought that’s something we needed to do.”‘

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks defeat Lake Erie (Rochester D&C)
Lake Erie Monsters lose to Americans in season finale, miss out on playoffs (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Monsters eliminated in loss to Rochester (Lorain Morning Journal)
Amerks Beat Monsters, Playoff Spot Likely Finalized Sunday (WGR-AM)
Amerks keep playoff hopes alive with 2-1 win at Lake Erie (
Monsters Eliminated in Season Finale (
Sights and Sounds from Saturday (

Our football, hockey teams popular statewide

‘Thirty-eight percent of upstate residents polled identified themselves as fans of the Bills, a finding Levy deemed “quite impressive.” Twenty-six percent said they were fans of the Sabres.’

Kaleta is a game-changer, by necessity

‘”The game has definitely changed,” he said. “A lot of people have to change their game. I think my plan originally anyways was to be more effective than just a fourth-line banger. I’m happy for the opportunity. I always say I like the challenge and everything that goes with it.”‘

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Conacher named AHL’s MVP (Buffalo News)
Amerks beat Crunch to stay in the playoff hunt (Rochester D&C)
Syracuse Crunch tightens its playoff race with 5-1 loss at Rochester (Syracuse Post Standard)
Amerks’ Win Makes Playoffs a Possibility (WGR-AM)
Amerks cruise past Syracuse 5-1 in regular season home finale (
Amerks Cause Hiccup in Crunch Playoff Plans (

For Enroth, little safety in numbers

‘”I was hoping for 30 games this year, but almost,” Enroth said. “Ryan was playing really well down the stretch there the last couple of months, so I guess you can’t really bench Miller when he was playing that well.”‘

Sabres’ brass comes across thin-skinned

‘I don’t expect management to be happy when people are calling for changes. But by hiding, they seem as thin-skinned as the previous regime. Pegula has been treated like a conquering hero in this town. He can handle a few tough questions. No one will ask him about hydro-fracking or the Penn State scandal.’

Sabres’ Enroth content with rookie season behind Miller

‘“Ryan was playing really well down the stretch here the last couple months,” Enroth said Monday inside the First Niagara Center as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers. “I guess you can’t really bench Miller when he’s playing that well. It is what it is. I was hoping for 30 games this year – almost.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks in a must-win state of mind (Rochester D&C)

Regier, Ruff will stay put

‘”They’ll be back next season,” Black said by phone. “I didn’t see a need to do anything otherwise at this juncture. We spent the better part of this week planning next year.”‘

Hecht’s long Sabres run could be over

‘“I would like to play,” Hecht said. “My family likes it here. My kids love it here. It would be great to come back for another year and get this team in the playoffs.”’

Black: Sabres moving forward with Ruff, Regier

‘Black vowed the Sabres will continue their aggressive approach this offseason, starting at the draft in June. The Sabres have two first- and two second-round picks, giving them options to add talent by trading or using the picks. “We’ll see what Darcy and the team will be able to do with those assets,” Black said.’