While Buffalo sports fans were enjoying a glorious weekend, the Rochester Americans opened up their 56th AHL season with a 5-2 road loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Sabres cruised to victories in both of their European games, and the Bills bested the struggling Philadephia Eagles.
Considering that the Amerks at this point are very unfamiliar with each other, the loss was hardly shocking. The team has not been together for long, and did not enjoy the luxury of competing in any legitimate preseason games. Defenseman T.J. Brennan said Rochester’s play “was pretty sloppy, that’s pretty safe to say.” Added Colin Stuart: “We’ve got a lot to work on.” Stuart netted one of the Amerks goals, while Jonathan Parker, who just signed his first NHL contract with the Sabres on Thursday, scored the other. Both Amerks goals came on Power Plays. Brennan, Corey Tropp, Zack Kassian, and Derek Whitmore added assists.
There are no updates on Drew Schiestel, who exited in the 3rd period with a knee injury. Williamsville native David Leggio took the loss. “There’s 75 more of these to go,” said coach Ron Rolston. The Amerks next game is the home opener on Thursday against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Doors are at 6pm, and gametime is 7:05pm. Anyone interested in tickets had better get them soon; as of Saturday, 80% of the seats had been sold.
In big club news, Luke Adam continued his stellar performance with the Sabres, scoring 2 goals in Saturday’s win over the L.A. Kings. His line with Thomas Vanek and new captain Jason Pominville has scored 5 of the Sabres 8 goals. If Adam keeps up this level of play, it becomes more and more unlikely that he will be seeing any action down on the farm this season.