T.J. Brennan should be all smiles – he may have well played his last game in a Rochester Americans sweater. Now that an MOU has been signed, he can travel to Buffalo and partake in the official training camp that will open the 2012-2013 (can’t we just call it the 2013 season?).
Brennan may have ended his AHL career on a high note as well. Assisting on Kevin Porter‘s goal and adding one of his own for a two point night – the on fire defenseman has earned the love of Buffalo Sabres fans for the way he has appeared on the score sheet after almost every single game he has suited up for this season. After getting lit up at home by Syracuse, Rochester returned the favor in their barn outscoring the Crunch 4-1.
After a scoreless first period, Rich Schofield opened things up and Nick Tarnasky sunk the game winner in the second stanza. Porter and Brennan added insurance markers after Brett Connolly put Syracuse on the board.
Two of the Rochester tallies came on the powerplay, and the Syracuse Crunch goal was also a special teams marker, scored while the Crunch had the man advantage. The teams spent a combined 93 minutes in the penalty box, with the Amerks getting the advantage nine times to Syracuse’s five.
David Leggio turned aside 40 shots in this game, quite the workout for the red, white and blue goaltender who only faced 17 shots in his last start.
Buffalo Sabres prospect Alex Biega also had a two point night with two assists.
Rochester now has a few days off before facing off against the Binghamton Senators on January 16th. Buffalo and Syracuse reunite to keep the rivalry going on the 18th – with this game being televised on the Time Warner Sports Channel.