Brennan unloads as Amerks take wild one

Written By Kris Baker on Thursday, December 27, 2012 | 12/27/2012

T.J. Brennan uncorked a career-best five points (1+4) Wednesday as Rochester climbed out of the Christmas break with a thrilling 7-6 overtime victory over Lake Erie. Marcus Foligno ended it at 2:40 of the extra frame after Cody Hodgson, who added a pair of goals himself including one shorthanded, picked the pocket of a Monsters defender behind the net and sent a cross-ice feed to his waiting winger.

Brennan used his cannon slap shot to get his goal, and also saw point blasts tipped for two of his four assists. His previous career-best single game output was three set back in 2010-11.

Evan Rankin, Zemgus Girgensons, and Mark Mancari were the other Amerks scorers, while David Leggio stopped 32 of 38 shots to earn his 13th victory of the year and fifth when allowing five or more goals.

Luke Adam saw his eight-game point streak come to an end in the win. Adam nearly extended the streak in the overtime session while on a shift with Brian Flynn, but was unable to beat Calvin Pickard with the open opportunity.

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The two clubs will travel to Buffalo Friday for a tilt at nearly-sold out First Niagara Center.


In SEL play, Linus Ullmark served as backup goaltender as MODO returned from the break by posting a 2-0 shutout of AIK. MODO's top club goes back at it Friday at Lulea.


Bring Back Palffy said...

Morning, Kris. I'm interested in your analysis of Brennen's play this year. Great statistical start -- are you amending your projections at all? In my very limited viewings this year, he looked like he was on another level but maybe that's a function of a fairly mature player in a very young league? He didn't look out of place in Sabres games last year but hardly distinguished himself.

Kris Baker said...

Hey BBP -

I'm in the process of doing new rankings article (slower process than I'd like), but overall I still have Brennan pegged similar to where I've had him in the past. I just feel that he's a top-4 D at the NHL level. It's not a knock on his game at all. He has the make-up and defensive posture to me as a solid 5-6 guy. That'll still land him a spot somewhere and offer him a fair amount of minutes at even strength while hammering PP opportunities.

Bring Back Palffy said...

Cool. That's been my impression as well. Quick clarification though: seems like you meant "not" a top-4 D? Very much looking forward to the rankings article.

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