Join us tonight at 7:00 on Sabre Noise, as I attempt to conduct my first ever live game blog from Blue Cross Arena, as the Rochester Americans host the Syracuse Crunch to open the Amerks 2012-13 season.
Some notable names that spent time in the NHL last season that should be on the ice tonight: Cody Hodgson, Marcus Foligno, Brayden McNabb, Corey Tropp, and Joe Finley for Rochester; Brett Connolly, JT Wyman, and Matt Taormina for Syracuse. The Crunch also sport last year’s AHL coach of the year Jon Cooper, rookie of the year and MVP Cory Conacher, defenseman of the year Mark Barbiero, star goalie Dustin Tokarski, former first-round draft pick goalie Riku Helenius and forward Vladdy Namestnikov, and one of the hottest free agents out of college last year, forward J.T. Brown.
6:30- The Amerks take the ice for warmups.
6:53- Frederick Roy is among the announced scratches for the Amerks.
7:05- starting Amerks line: Adam-Hodgson-Tropp, Finley-MacKenzie.
19:36- Hodgson and Tropp go in on a 2 on 1, and make it look easy. 1-0 Amerks on goal by Tropp.
17:36- Hodgson gets open in the slot and misses on a wrister.
16:40- Amerks go on the first power play of the game.
16:13- Power Play over, as Amerks take a penalty. Tropp 2 mins for something.
14:32- Crunch score on their short Power Play. Tied 1-1 on a Mark Barberio tipped shot.
13:35- Nick Tarnasky responds by starting a fight with Mike Angelidis, and drops him swiftly in a pair of punches.
9:45- Varone takes penalty, Crunch on Power Play.
5:08- Tropp nets his second goal of the game. 2-1 Amerks. Adam and Schiestel with assists.
3:48- Amerks take 3-1 lead on goal by Foligno. Porter and Mancari grab the helpers.
:54- Foligno gets called for tripping. A scrum ensues, with Finley making a tackle on Aulie, both get fighting minors. Mancari involved as well.
Period ends tied in shots 10-10. There was an altercation, had to leave. Sorry folks, til next time…