Rochester Americans Drop Opening Pair Against Toronto Marlies

The Rochester Americans are already facing elimination in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

After allowing 6 goals on just eighteen shots on Saturday – Rochester allowed 2 goals on 20 shots  on Sunday, but were unable to score themselves.

Long time netminder David Leggio was relieved of his duties on Sunday – and Matt Hackett, recently acquired in the Jason Pominville trade got his first professional debut in the playoffs for the Rochester Americans.

As the season moves from Toronto to Rochester, the Americans have little hope remaining, and the buzzword around the locker room has to be desperation, as every game has now turned into a must win situation.

It will be very hard for the Amerks to win the next three remaining games to advance to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs – in the last fourteen meetings between the Rochester Americans and Toronto Marlies – the Amerks have been able to muster just one win.  That includes last years playoffs three games to nil sweep by the Marlies in the first round as well.

Mikhail Grigorenko played in his Rochester debut on Sunday as well.  He took one shot and and was a minus one in the contest.  The Buffalo Sabres second first round draft pick from last season’s entry draft currently leads the offensive side of things for the Rochester Americans, with two goals and no assists on six shots on goal.

Cody McCormick is the only other Rochester player to score in the playoffs.  All three goals came in Saturday’s matinee, as the Amerks were shutout on Sunday.

The series turns to Rochester for games three and four (if needed) on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

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