It wasn’t the rust of a week off that hindered the Rochester Americans tonight against the Hamilton Bulldogs – but the poor ice conditions at the Blue Cross Arena might have.
Limited time to get the new ice surface down after Bruce Springsteen played Blue Cross Arena, the players fought the bouncing puck all night.
Zemgus Girgensons got his first professional goal of his career – after Alex Biega was originally credited with his first goal of the season, further review showed that the Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick tipped the puck past the Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Robert Mayer.
The Amerks went up two goals, before seeing their lead slip away and the need for overtime arrived. Skating four aside accomplished nothing – and Mark Mancari saved a last minute push by the Bulldogs to get two points as be broke up a pass that would have been one hell of a shot from the blue line.
Other than a choppy ice surface, the Rochester Americans dominated most of the game, getting shot after shot through as they attempted to blow the game open. The Bulldogs did a great job of getting in front of shots, and limiting solid scoring chances by the Amerks.
The game even featured a featherweight battle as Frederick Roy battled Brendan Gallagher – and despite taking a few shots himself, Roy was probably the victor of that battle.
Rochester’s shining star once again was backstop David Leggio, despite letting two in during the third period, he stopped everything thrown at him through two periods, and continues to be a dominant force in the shootout. In the Rochester Americans two shootout contests, he is 8-9 in saves, only allowing Darryl Boyce to get one past him, and that was a laser over the blocker side. Marcus Foligno sealed the deal with a goal for the Amerks for the win.
The Amerks killed off all five penalties, and scored once on their seven chances.
Both teams travel to Hamilton for a rematch tomorrow night, as the Bulldogs host game two of the home and home series. Tomorrow nights game is scheduled for 7PM. For Buffalo Sabres fans loving the Amerks games on Time Warner Cable, the next televised broadcast featuring the Amerks is November 23rd against the Albany Devils in Rochester.