The Rochester Americans used a fight to energize a stale power play to help overcome a two goal deficit against the Grand Rapids Griffins tonight. The Amerks were trying to use tonight’s home game to get back on track after dropping two close contests in a row. While there goal of not losing back to back games failed early in the season, they desperately did not want to make it three in a row.
It wasn’t your average Rochester Americans home game either, this was was broadcast on TWCS through Western New York. What a game for them to make a comeback on. Down two goals, it appears as though the parade to the penalty box was going to keep the Amerks from gaining any momentum. Down one nothing through one was bearable – it appeared though that the goal setup by former Buffalo Sabres Nathan Paetsch was going to be the back breaker. It seemed as if the Amerks were content letting the Griffins bring the game to them, which was causing the penalties and lopsided chances.
The Amerks would not roll over. Despite the fact that the Griffins controlled play for much of the first half of the game, the turning point game when Triston Grant upended Nick Tarnasky illegally after Tranasky had played the puck. Taking exception to the hit, and knowing his team was already headed to the power play, Tarnasky took the challenge and dropped the gloves with Grant. A few punches into it Grant found himself on the ice, and facing five minutes for fighting, along with his initial penalty. The Amerks turned the game around by fore checking aggressively and taking the game to the Griffins. The GR could not respond, and found themselves overwhelmed by the Amerks special teams.
Phil Varone netted a power play goal while Grant was in the box, and Marcus Foligno would add the eventual game winner as the Amerks snap their skid, and send the Grand Rapids squad away still looking for their first win of the season. Frederick Roy made his professional debut tonight for the Rochester Americans – and the son of former NHL great Patrick Roy had two shots. T.J. Brennan kept his scoring ways up netting his first goal of the year, and Brian Flynn added his first professional goal tonight.
The next Rochester game to be televised by Time Warner Cable will be the Friday November 2nd tilt against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The next Rochester contest takes place in Pennsylvania as the two oldest clubs in the American Hockey League renew a rivalry that has existed for 57 years. The Amerks visit the Giant Center and play the Hershey Bears tomorrow, looking to use tonight’s contest as momentum into a winning streak.
The next home game for the Amerks will be October 23rd against Hamilton – although the game will take place at the First Niagara Center.