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Canandaigua, NY • United States • 29 Years Old • Male
After a little traffic delay on the I-490, my wife and I have made it home from the Amerks season opener vs the Syracuse Crunch. Needless to say, it was a great game, but there are a lot of concerns regarding the Amerks.

Due to the high amount of traffic coming to the arena (Thanks Gary, thanks for the lock out), we missed the first 3 minutes of the game. Corey Tropp started the scoring 24 seconds in with a great setup from Cody Hodgson. Thanks to the gentleman sitting in section 219 who informed me as to what was going on.

First thing that I picked up on, was that in all my years of going to Rochester Amerks games, this was one of the best crowds I’ve ever seen. The arena was packed, and there were several times when the “Let’s go Amerks!” chant was echoing throughout the arena. As much as the parking situation was rotten prior to the game, it was a great atmosphere. However, still no match for First Niagara Center.

Shortly after we took our seats, Mark Barberio for the Crunch tied the game up on the power play after Cody Hodgson lost a face-off in his own end. Two quick passes and a quick slapper from the point, and it was a 1-1 game. I’ve said it a thousand times, and I’ll say it again, if you can win a face-off in the offensive zone, it leads to a good scoring opportunity. I’d love to see the Amerks/Sabres do this in the future. This set the tone, strap in, you’re in for a good one.

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Filed Under:   Amerks   AHL   Mancari   Tropp   Hodgson   Pysyk   Sabres  
October 13, 2012 1:38 AM ET | Delete
How do you get featured on my hockeybuzz? Are you blowing Eklund?
October 13, 2012 7:56 AM ET | Delete
I have no idea how to be featured. I inquired a year ago, never heard back.
October 13, 2012 8:02 AM ET | Delete
It's too bad Mancari's confidence doesn't transfer to the NHL.
October 13, 2012 8:50 AM ET | Delete
It is, he had a decent game last night. Came up clutch for the Amerks.
October 13, 2012 8:51 AM ET | Delete
his confidence does transfer, sip...it's just that his skating and brain just can't keep up with the speed of the nhl
October 13, 2012 8:56 AM ET | Delete
bOsOo1, I saw your message about my last blog, how did you want me to send it to you, couldn't figure it out
October 13, 2012 9:18 AM ET | Delete
copy and paste in a message...no biggie, though
October 13, 2012 9:19 AM ET | Delete
too bad tropp got hurt last night...having him joining the likes of youngin's mcnabb and foligno on the sabres (when the lockout ends) bodes well for the teams in the sandpaper dept
October 13, 2012 10:18 AM ET | Delete
He got crushed coming in over the blue line. Hopefully he's only out a few weeks.
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