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News from the Farm, 11/05/10: Rochester and Florida Break Up (Plus the Usual)

A day late and a dollar short (well, several hundred dollars short, if I’m going to be honest, after a theft earlier this week set me completely off my rocker and wreaked havoc on my weekly schedule along multiple avenues), it’s the latest edition of News from the Farm, where we take a close look at the AHL affiliates for each of the NHL’s five Southeast Division teams.

This week, before we get into game results and our standard stat packs, how about some actual news?

According to several reports (including this one by Kevin Oklobzija from theDemocrat and Chronicle, straight out of Rochester), the Florida Panthers’ relationship with the AHL Rochester Americans will not be extended beyond this season. Rochester president Lewis Staats has said the organization will be exploring all options and they will have some with multiple affiliation deals between NHL and AHL clubs expiring at season’s end.

Rochester, apparently, is not pleased with a roster that is almost completely filled with Florida’s developing prospects and lacking in AHL veterans – a recipe that has failed to yield the championship-caliber team necessary for box office success and local interest in the club.

“What we’re doing here now is not the model that allows us to achieve our goals: to win a championship and to make money, or at the very least, break even,” Staats said.

“The agreement we have needs to be changed.”

Shame for each of the Florida-based franchises that AHL hockey in Orlando remains a longshot, though, last I checked, there is still a group interested in bringing minor league puck back to the area to play at the new Amway Center. With no AHL expansion on the horizon and the logistics of ECHL hockey in that brand new, state-of-the-art, monstrous facility not exactly adding up, the idea is still in pipe dream stages. But, if it could ever come to fruition, what an ideal situation for Florida or Tampa Bay…

Now relocating an AHL franchise is a different story, though that surely is not the hope for the league, what with several clubs having moved to new cities in recent seasons.

The coveted situation for all is that healthy, symbiotic relationship between NHL franchises and their AHL affiliates. Several clubs enjoy the benefits of as much and all are after just that.

Here’s hoping Florida and Rochester both end up finding affiliation agreements moving forward that suit their specific needs. After all, a healthy balance of development and success at the AHL level is best for all involved.

On to last week’s results:

GAME RESULTS
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Thursday, 10/28/10: Texas Stars 4, Chicago Wolves 3
Chicago goal-scorers: Andre Deveaux (3), Darren Haydar (3), Riley Holzapfel (2)
Chicago goaltenders (saves/shots): Edward Pasquale (22/26)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Maxime Fortunus, TEX; 2 – Riley Holzapfel, CHI; 3 – Luke Gazdic

Friday, 10/29/10: Binghamton Senators 4, Charlotte Checkers 3 (OT)
Charlotte goal-scorers: Zach Boychuk (5), Chris Terry (3), Nick Dodge (2)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Justin Pogge (45/49)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Bobby Butler, BNG; 2 – Erik Condra, BNG; 3 – Ryan Keller, BNG

Friday, 10/29/10: Portland Pirates 6, Norfolk Admirals 5 (SO)
Norfolk goal-scorers: James Wright (2), Juraj Simek 2 (2), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (3), Ty Wishart (4)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Cedrick Desjardins (24/29)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Luke Adam, POR; 2 – Juraj Simek, NOR; 3 – Marc-Antoine Pouliot, NOR

Friday, 10/29/10: Rochester Americans 4, Worcester Sharks 3
Rochester goal-scorers: Chris Taylor 2 (2), Evgeny Dadonov (1)
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Tyler Plante (33/36)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Chris Taylor, RCH; 2 – Michal Repik; 3 – Nick Petrecki, WOR

Saturday, 10/30/10: Rochester Americans 5, Adirondack Phantoms 3
Rochester goal-scorers: Bill Thomas 2 (3), Kenndal McArdle (4), Colby Robak 2 (2)
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Jacob Markstrom (31/34)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Colby Robak, RCH; 2 – Andrew Rowe, ADK; 3 – Jonathon Kalinski, ADK

Saturday, 10/30/10: Charlotte Checkers 3, Binghamton Senators 2 (OT)
Charlotte goal-scorers: Jerome Samson 2 (6), Casey Borer (1)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Justin Pogge (36/38)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Casey Borer, CHA; 2 – Jerome Samson, CHA; 3 – Barry Brust, BNG

Saturday, 10/30/10: Chicago Wolves 3, Rockford IceHogs 2
Chicago goal-scorers: Nigel Dawes (2), Jaime Sifers (2), Mike Siklenka (2)
Chicago goaltenders (saves/shots): Peter Mannino (22/24)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Mike Siklenka, CHI; 2 – Darren Haydar, CHI; 3 – Nick Leddy, RFD

Saturday, 10/30/10: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Hershey Bears 2
Hershey goal-scorers: Keith Aucoin (4), Zach Miskovic (1)
Hershey goaltenders (saves/shots): Dany Sabourin (4/7), Todd Ford (13/16)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Chris Conner, WBS; 2 – Andrew Hutchinson, WBS; 3 – John Curry, WBS

Saturday, 10/30/10: Portland Pirates 7, Norfolk Admirals 6 (OT)
Norfolk goal-scorers: Paul Szczechura (5), Mathieu Roy (2), Juraj Simek (3), Matt Fornataro (3), James Wright (3), Johan Harju (5)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Dustin Tokarski (22/29)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Derek Whitmore, POR; 2 – Paul Szczechura, NOR; 3 – Travis Turnbull, POR

Sunday, 10/31/10: Hershey Bears 7, Manchester Monarchs 3
Hershey goal-scorers: Brian Willsie (5), Zach Miskovic (2), Keith Aucoin (5), Mathieu Perreault (2), Andrew Gordon (7), Boyd Kane (4), Jay Beagle (2)
Hershey goaltenders (saves/shots): Todd Ford (27/30)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Keith Aucoin, HER; 2 – Mathieu Perreault, HER; 3 – Brian Fahey, HER

Tuesday, 11/02/10: Portland Pirates 4, Charlotte Checkers 3 (SO)
Charlotte goal-scorers: Chris Terry 2 (5), Nick Dodge (3)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Murphy (36/39)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Chris Terry, CHA; 2 – Corey Tropp, POR; 3 – Mike Murphy, CHA

Wednesday, 11/03/10: Charlotte Checkers 5, Portland Pirates 4
Charlotte goal-scorers: Oskar Osala (2), Nick Dodge (4), Riley Nash (1), Jerome Samson (7), Chris Terry (6)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Justin Pogge (25/29)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Nick Dodge, CHA; 2 – Luke Adam, POR; 3 – Chris Terry, CHA

AHL STANDINGS UPDATE
Click here for full American Hockey League Standings

Hershey (6-3-0-1) trails unbeaten Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by three points for the East Division lead with Norfolk just a point behind at 5-2-1-1. Charlotte, at 4-6-1-1 ranks seventh in the same division, six points in back of the Bears.

Rochester is just a pair of points behind Hamilton for the top spot in the Western Conference’s North Division at 6-4-1-0, while Chicago is fifth in the West at 5-4-1-0, four points behind first place San Antonio and a point out of playoff position at present.

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS LEADING SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Zach Boychuk: 12-5-7-12-(-3)
2 – Jerome Samson: 12-7-4-11-(+4)
3 – Jon Matsumoto: 10-3-6-9-(-2)
4 – Chris Terry: 12-6-2-8-(-3)
5 – Jacob Mcflikier: 10-3-4-7-(+2)

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Mike Murphy: 2-3-1, 2.32, .919, 0
2 – Justin Pogge: 2-4-0, 3.49, .898, 0

CHICAGO WOLVES LEADING SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Darren Haydar: 10-3-7-10-(-3)
2 – Jared Ross: 10-2-6-8-(+3)
3 – Jason Krog: 10-1-7-8-(-4)
4 – Spencer Machacek: 10-2-5-7-(+4)
5 – Andre Deveaux: 10-3-3-6-(-6)

GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Peter Mannino: 1-0-0, 2.01, .917, 0
2 – Edward Pasquale: 4-2-0, 2.44, .911, 0
3 – Ondrej Pavelec: 0-1-0, 3.10, .864, 0
4 – Drew MacIntyre: 0-2-0, 4.83, .844, 0

HERSHEY BEARS LEADING SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Keith Aucoin: 10-5-13-18-(+7)
2 – Andrew Gordon: 10-7-8-15-(+7)
3 – Brian Willsie: 10-5-6-11-(+4)
4 – Kyle Greentree: 10-3-8-11-(+3)
5 – Lawrence Nycholat: 9-1-9-10-(+5)

HERSHEY BEARS GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Braden Holtby: 4-0-1, 1.97, .933, 0
2 – Todd Ford: 1-0-0, 3.27, .870, 0
2 – Dany Sabourin: 1-3-0, 3.82, .852, 0

NORFOLK ADMIRALS LEADING SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Marc-Antoine Pouliot: 9-3-13-16-(+2)
2 – Johan Harju: 9-5-7-12-(+1)
3 – Paul Szczechura: 9-5-5-10-(+6)
4 – Blair Jones: 7-4-6-10-(+3)
5 – James Wright: 9-3-7-10-(+7)

NORFOLK ADMIRALS GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Cedrick Desjardins: 2-2-1, 2.58, .901, 1
2 – Dustin Tokarski: 3-1-0, 3.73, .878, 0

ROCHESTER AMERICANS LEADING SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Michal Repik: 11-3-10-13-(E)
2 – Bill Thomas: 11-3-5-8-(E)
3 – Kenndal McArdle: 6-4-3-7-(+4)
4 – Evgeny Dadonov: 11-4-4-8-(+3)
5 – Mike Kostka: 11-1-7-8-(+4)

ROCHESTER AMERICANS GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Tyler Plante: 2-0-0, 2.00, .933, 0
2 – Jacob Markstrom: 4-5-0, 3.34, .891, 0

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE LEADING SCORERS
(PLAYER NAME, TEAM: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Keith Aucoin, Hershey: 10-5-13-18-(+7)
2 – Luke Adam, Portland: 11-9-7-16-(+9)
3 – Marc-Antoine Pouliot: 9-3-13-16-(+2)
4 – Andrew Gordon, Hershey: 10-7-8-15-(+7)
5 – Mark Mancari, Portland: 12-7-8-15-(+9)


AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE GOALTENDING LEADERS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – John Curry, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 4-0-0, 1.72, .940, 0
2 – Joey MacDonald, Grand Rapids: 2-1-1, 1.72, .929, 1
3 – Jeff Frazee, Albany: 4-1-0, 1.83, .932, 0
4 – Mark Dekanich, Milwaukee: 4-1-1, 1.96, .930, 0
5 – Brad Thiessen, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 4-0-0, 1.96, .930, 0

For full American Hockey League scoring and goaltending leaders, click here

TRANSACTIONS

10/28: Goaltender Peter Mannino reassigned to Chicago by Atlanta (NHL).
Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec recalled from Chicago by Atlanta (AHL).
Forward Aaron Bendickson signed to professional tryout contract by Rochester.
10/29: Defenseman Mike Vernace re-assigned to Norfolk by Tampa Bay (NHL).
Defenseman Michael Caruso and forward Michael Duco re-assigned to Cincinnati (ECHL) from Rochester by Florida (NHL).
10/30: Defenseman Noah Welch re-assigned to Chicago by Atlanta (AHL).
Defenseman Michael Caruso and forward Michael Duco re-assigned to Rochester from Cincinnati (ECHL) by Florida (NHL).
10/31: Forwards Drayson Bowman and Zac Dalpe reassigned to Charlotte by Carolina (NHL).
Forward Jon Matsumoto recalled from Charlotte by Carolina (NHL).
Defenseman Brian Fahey and forward Mathieu Perreault re-assigned to Hershey by Washington (NHL).
11/01: Defenseman Mathieu Roy recalled from Norfolk by Tampa Bay (NHL).
Defenseman Nathan Paetsch re-assigned to Syracuse (AHL) by Vancouver (NHL).
11/02: Defenseman Noah Welch recalled from Chicago by Atlanta (AHL).
Forward A.J. Jenks re-assigned to Rochester by Florida (NHL).
11/03: Forward Michael Davies recalled from Gwinnett (ECHL) by Chicago.
Defenseman Brian Fahey recalled from Hershey by Washington (NHL).
11/04: Defenseman Brett Carson recalled from Charlotte by Carolina (NHL).
11/05: Defenseman Ethan Graham recalled from Florida (ECHL) by Charlotte.
Defenseman Johann Kroll re-assigned to South Carolina (ECHL) by Hershey.
Forward Dmitri Kugryshev re-assigned to South Carolina (ECHL) from Hershey by Washington (NHL).


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

With a goal and four assists in just two games this week, Norfolk forward Marc-Antoine Pouliot is our player of the week. Pouliot’s strong start to the season (3-13-16) has him third in the AHL in scoring and has been a big part of the formidable Admirals attack.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

A look at upcoming games for Southeast Division affiliates:
Friday, 11/05/10: Norfolk at Charlotte, Chicago at Lake Erie, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Rochester
Saturday, 11/06/10: Rochester at Albany, Chicago at Grand Rapids, Charlotte at Norfolk
Sunday, 11/07/10: Hershey at Charlotte, Chicago at Milwaukee, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Rochester
Tuesday, 11/09/10: Hershey at Charlotte
Wednesday, 11/10/10: Norfolk at Albany, Rochester at Binghamton, Chicago at Texas

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Primis's avatar

Love the minors report.

The Amerks and Florida were destined to end badly.  Many Amerks fans gave up when the Sabres left for Portland, and with all the talent in Rochester from Florida they never seem to truly be able to either bring it together at the AHL level, or to translate that in moves up to the NHL.

The Amerks are now in trouble, I’d find it highly unlikely somebody else would affiliate with them, which could mean AHL hockey in Rochester (the flagship franchise for the league) might be dead after this season.

With Charlotte moving up, the ECHL does need more of a presence in the Gulf/Southeast region to keep the franchises they already have.  We keep hearing grumblings of the ECHL going in to Virginia, and rumblings of the Inferno returning to Columbia, SC, but I’m not sure I ever see either happening.  It looks to me like the Southeast is rapidly becoming SPHL territory and that’s what it will stay.  Does not bode well for the Southeastern NHL clubs.

Posted by Primis on 11/05/10 at 03:15 PM ET

Jon Jordan's avatar

Thanks, Primis.

What’s truly sucked - and I do hate to sound so simple-minded about it but that’s the reality - about the Florida/Rochester situation is that no one I’ve talked to (fan-wise) were willing to accept a new parent club from the get-go. The Amerks and Sabres, for obvious reasons, seem such a natural fit.

Minor league hockey’s return to Orlando is a very real movement that I have been keeping tabs on since late last season, when (as I’m sure you know) I wrote elsewhere. But, while things have cooled since then, I am told that the push is nowhere near over.

That said, from the beginning (and as I alluded to here), I’ve been skeptical, at best. For starters, I don’t know what’s going on, in terms of AHL franchises that might move. Right now, there’s no reason to think that any will, at least not after this season. (Unless… Rochester? That’s still a stretch to me.) And expansion, they say, isn’t happening (nor should it, far as I’m concerned).

And an ECHL team in the state-of-the-art Amway Center just doesn’t make any sense as they’d never come close to filling the building and operating costs would likely make turning a profit next-to-impossible.

I believe that minor league hockey in Florida, specifically in Orlando, could work as I have seen it work before (albeit briefly, when the IHL Solar Bears were a powerhouse) but an ideal situation is needed and that does not exist right now.

Were a current AHL club prepared to relocate, that might be a plausible solution but A) I don’t wish that upon any of the franchises, B) That’s an awfully complicated undertaking and C) There aren’t any slam-dunk likely candidates right now so it’s all guesswork.

In a nutshell, the desire is there already. Other prerequisites may not be.

As for the ECHL, I’m still bitter that the Tiger Sharks left Tallahassee in the middle of my college years (and took away the FSU team’s ice, no less!!!)

JJ

Posted by Jon Jordan from Tampa, FL on 11/05/10 at 03:49 PM ET

Primis's avatar

What’s truly sucked - and I do hate to sound so simple-minded about it but that’s the reality - about the Florida/Rochester situation is that no one I’ve talked to (fan-wise) were willing to accept a new parent club from the get-go. The Amerks and Sabres, for obvious reasons, seem such a natural fit.

No, it really *is* that simple though.  I’ve talked to Amerks fans and they all agree there’s little point in the Amerks being there now if they aren’t affiliated with Buffalo.  I don’t know why Buffalo left but, then again why does Buffalo do ANYTHING they do?  There’s a reason they aren’t a very successful NHL franchise despite a rabid fanabse.

I believe that minor league hockey in Florida, specifically in Orlando, could work as I have seen it work before (albeit briefly, when the IHL Solar Bears were a powerhouse) but an ideal situation is needed and that does not exist right now.

I remember watching the Solar Bears of the old IHL and they did well at the gate as I recall.  Then again, the Atlanta Knights drew and did well there, but the Thrashers can’t seem to, so who knows…

Were a current AHL club prepared to relocate, that might be a plausible solution but A) I don’t wish that upon any of the franchises, B) That’s an awfully complicated undertaking and C) There aren’t any slam-dunk likely candidates right now so it’s all guesswork.

There are more on the chopping block.  Worcester, Rochester, and Springfield are still very much up in the air, possibly Syracuse as well.  The AHL is about to completely die in the northeast—it’s their turn now after being murdered in the midwest for a while.  If they do move though, they’ll be moving West, not South.  Stockton and Ontario of the ECHL are both pushing hard for AHL franchises.  Kalamazoo is trying to build a new arena in order to make a bid at regaining AAA hockey in the AHL.  Toledo continues to draw well in their new arena and make noises about trying to go to the AHL (possibly as Blackhawks primary affiliate).  And if the Frankes ever finally give up and sell Fort Wayne, the AHL has been waiting patiently to get in there and apparently makes an annual visit to check up on their situation there and try to talk the Frankes into selling..

Way I see it, the southern teams are going to have to work their way up from the ECHL or SPHL, like the Checkers did.  The Everblades are continuing to have problems IIRC, despite drawing well because the local gov’t doesn’t “get” how to support minor hockey (well that and the owner overspends).

So many hurdles.

Posted by Primis on 11/05/10 at 05:13 PM ET

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