The trade deadline brought four new players into the Rochester Americans lineup and they immediately made an impact, helping the Amerks to weekend wins against the Springfield Falcons and Toronto Marlies.
Cole Schneider had a four-point weekend (one goal, three assists), Eric O’Dell three points (two goals, one assist) while Michael Sdao had two assists and Alex Guptill one goal.
“It was good. We wanted to get the first games under our belt,” said O’Dell who came with three of his teammates to Rochester from Binghamton in last week’s trade. “It’s nice to see all the guys traded here contribute to a big team win. I know we just wanted to keep it simple with our linemates and I think that’s what we did -- get pucks to the net and capitalize on our chances.”
“They fit perfectly,” Rochester forward William Carrier said, who has 14 points in his last 12 games. They’ve got speed. They’ve got skills. They’ve got everything so they’re really nice to watch actually.”
The Amerks, now 28-26-2-1, have won four straight games at Blue Cross Arena. They look to extend that home winning streak to five when they host defending Western Conference champion Utica on Friday.
Western Hockey League
Giorgio Estephan (Forward, Lethbridge) – After a lower body sidelined him for a month, he emphatically returned with two goals and an assist in his first two games back. He has 66 points (29 goals) in 53 games.
Brendan Guhle (Defenseman, Prince Albert) – Had a goal and an assist in two wins for the Raiders this weekend. He has 27 points in 57 games
Brycen Martin (Defenseman, Everett) – Has 30 assists and six goals in 63 games.
Devante Stephens (Defenseman, Kelowna) – Has two goals, six assists and is a plus-6 in 65 games for the Rockets.
Ontario Hockey League
Eric Cornel (Forward, Peterborough) – Picked three assists over the weekend. He has 75 points (26 goals, 49 assists) to rank 17th in scoring in the OHL.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Vaclav Karabacek (Forward, Moncton) – Scored twice as the Wildcats split their weekend for 15 goals and 26 points on the season.
Will Borgen (Defenseman, St. Cloud State) – The freshman picked up an assist as the Huskies closed out the regular season with a sweep of Colorado College.
Christopher Brown (Forward, Boston College) – Has two goals and eight assists in 34 games. The Eagles finished first in Hockey East and had a bye into the conference quarterfinals.
Ivan Chukarov (Defenseman, UMass) – Finished his freshman season with three goals and five assists in 36 games. UMass ended its season with a first-round series loss to Boston University.
Hudson Fasching (Forward, Minnesota) – The junior had one assist as Minnesota split a weekend series with Michigan State. The junior has 19 goals and 35 points in 33 games.
Anthony Florentino (Defenseman, Providence) –The junior has five goals and seven assists. Providence had a bye into the Hockey East quarterfinals as the No. 2 seed and will play Merrimack.
Connor Hurley (Forward, Notre Dame) – The sophomore has six goals and 10 assists as the Fighting Irish enjoyed a first-round bye in the Hockey East playoffs.
Jason Kasdorf (Goaltender, Rensselaer) – The senior made 66 saves as Rensselaer swept Brown in the first round of the ECAC playoffs. He is 12-11-5 with a 2.20 goals against average and a .933 save percentage as the Engineers play No. 3 Harvard in the quarterfinals.
Sean Malone (Forward, Harvard) – Has not played since Feb. 19. The junior has seven goals and 13 points in 23 games. Harvard, the No. 3 seed in the ECAC playoffs, faces Rensselaer in the quarterfinals.
Cal Petersen (Goaltender, Notre Dame) – The sophomore is 19-8-7 with a 2.08 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. The Fighting Irish are the No. 3 seed in the Hockey East playoffs and host Northeastern in the quarterfinals.
Judd Peterson (Forward, St. Cloud State) – The sophomore scored two goals in a sweep of Colorado College. He has 16 goals and 23 points this season.
Max Willman (Forward, Brown) – The sophomore had a goal and two assists for Brown, which ended its season in the first round of the ECAC tournament to Rensselaer. He finished with three goals and 11 points
Jonas Johansson (Goaltender, Almtuna IS) – In three postseason games has a 2.68 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.
Victor Olofsson (Forward, MODO) – Has 28 points with 13 goals in 48 games.
Gustav Possler (Forward, MODO) – Has nine goals and 15 assists in 51 games.