4/8 Recap: Biega, Leggio key Amerks to victory

Written By Kris Baker on Monday, April 9, 2012 | 4/09/2012

In Sunday AHL action, Alex Biega scored the game winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to vault Rochester to their second straight win, 4-2 over Adirondack. The road win gives the Amerks 89 points, good for 10th in the AHL's Western Conference with just three games left to play.

David Leggio made 46 saves for his 26th win of the year but was somehow not among the game's three stars. Phil Varone, Evan Rankin, and Paul Szczechura scored the other Amerks goals.

Rochester will next host Grand Rapids on Tuesday with two key points on the line.

In the OHL, Alex Lepkowski finished +2 as Barrie bested Ottawa 3-2 in double overtime to even their series at one game apiece. Gregg Sutch missed his third straight game due to injury. Game #3 is Tuesday in Barrie.

Steven Shipley was held off the scoresheet as Niagara got past Brampton, 3-1. The IceDogs hold a 2-0 series lead with game #3 taking place Tuesday night in St. Catharines.


Anonymous said...

Kris, I've been thinkin about this for a while now. In the upcomin draft, I'd like the Sabres to draft a LW with their first pick. With their 2nd first rounder, I'd like them to draft a goalie.

Vanek and Miller's contracts are expiring in a couple years, and this is the perfect chance to replace them. I have always had a problem with Vanek. He's just not my type of a top line forward that can do it all. Vanek is what is wrong with this core. He is overpaid (thanx Kevin Lowe), and he's missing that X factor for me. I will give him credit for being a hard worker, and keeping his mouth shut... But he's just not doing it for me.

As for Miller, the guy is great but...
The end of the road is coming.
The last time we drafted a goalie in the 1st round was Biron 15 years ago.
Enroth is a great backup.
Knapp will spend 2-3 years in Rochester and he'll be a capable backup.
We all know goalies take 5 years AFTER they are drafted before they make it to the NHL.
This gives Buffalo lots of time to develop him and get him ready for the big club.

A great example might be Mark Visiten of the ICE DOGS.
He was drafted LATE in the first round by Phoenix.
He spent the following 2 years in the OHL.
He's havin a great playoff this year.
He will play in the AHL next year and will be ready for The Coyotes (Quebec) in 3 years.

The only other option for me would be to use these picks to move up in the draft.
Maybe moving up from 12 into the top 5...
But this is easier said than done.

My wish came true.
I cheered that Calgary would NOT make the playoffs, so that our 2nd round pick would be high. I think its 44.
Good trade for us. Pick 44 = taking Kotalic...
Now, we should all be cheering for the Detroit Red Wings to knock off Nashville.

As my buddy would scream in the bar every time I see him, LETS GO RED WINGS!

Anonymous said...

what the hell are you talking about ?

Anonymous said...


If some of our recent top draft picks were in this years draft, where would they be ranked? (Cat, Sundher, LeDuc, Pysyk). Also, If you Regier, who would you pick at 12?


Anonymous said...

Sundher sucks ass.

Draft a centerman.

Anonymous said...

Our second 1st round pick has not even been determined yet. If you are familiar with this site, you know the draft preview and predictions are all in good time.

Good job on WGR Kris. Good to see the site getting recognition.

Anonymous said...

We will be picking at #26 unless Nashville wins the cup. So yes the 2nd 1st round pick has been determined.

Anonymous said...

What rule book are YOU reading?

Anonymous said...

We don't know where Nashville will finish in the playoffs, therefore, we do not know where the pick is going to fall.

Anonymous said...

someone look up the rules....I heard too that you pick in the order you were slotted for the playoffs. Thus, Nashville at 26. I could be wrong too, however someone with more computer savy here could find out for the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Our forwards suck.

Draft forwards.

No more dmen, Darcy

Anonymous said...

So if Nashville wins the Stanley Cup, they will draft 26th??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Anonymous said...

Pending how the first 6-8 picks shake down, I'd be in favour of keeping the 12th overall pick. I think it's harder to move into the top 10 then it is to move forward at the bottom of the 1st round, so if a good player is available a few picks before the Nashville pick Regier won't have to move as much earth to move up a few spots.

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