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Rochester used a dominant third period to outmuscle Springfield en route to a 2-1 victory Friday night at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The Amerks (2-0-0) outshot the Thunderbirds (1-2-0) 18-5 in the final period and broke a 1-1 tie. Andrew Oglevie notched the game-winner on his second goal of the season. Kevin Porter got Rochester on the board in the s…

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ROCHESTER – Among the 25 red, white and blue jerseys on the ice for Americans practices over the past week, defenseman Lawrence Pilut has been easy to spot. Just look for the only orange sweater. Five months after the Sabres prospect injured his left shoulder and underwent surgery, he has started skating with his teammates in a non-contact role. While Pilut hasn’t…

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This could be Sabres prospect Tage Thompson’s final stint in the American Hockey League. Thompson, 21, nearly earned an NHL roster spot out of training camp, sticking with the Sabres until their final roster cuts Monday. At some point this season, they could summon the 6-foot-7, 215-pound winger for good. “When he gets his chance, it’s possible he never comes back to…

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Chris Taylor will be behind the bench with Ralph Krueger and Steve Smith when the Buffalo Sabres open the season Thursday in Pittsburgh. Taylor, who has coached the Rochester Americans to back-to-back playoff appearances since returning to the Sabres' organization, will serve as an interim assistant coach under Krueger while Don Granato recovers from severe pneumonia. I…

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The Rochester Americans announced Wednesday they signed defenseman Frank Hora and forward Shaw Boomhower to one-year, American Hockey League contracts for the 2019-20 season. Hora, 23, is an Amherst native and spent most of the past two seasons with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, posting two goals among 17 points in 70 games in 2018-19. Boomhower, 20, played 26 games f…

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While the Rochester Americans won't play a game in Buffalo's KeyBank Center for the first time since 2011-12, one of their 76 regular-season games in 2019-20 will take place in a National Hockey League venue. The American Hockey League released its complete schedule for the 2019-20 season Wednesday, and it includes the Amerks facing the Toronto Marlies at Scotiabank Are…

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Williamsville native and former Sabres prospect Justin Bailey has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced Thursday. Bailey, 24, began last season in the Sabres' organization with Rochester and had nine goals and 11 assists in 37 games. He was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in January and finished the season with six goals am…

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The search for Phil Housley's replacement continues nearly one month after his dismissal as Buffalo Sabres coach. Other than false reports surrounding Todd McLellan's candidacy, little information has leaked about whom General Manager Jason Botterill is targeting. During a weekly appearance on MSG/WGR Radio's "The Instigators," TSN's Darren Dreger said Wednesday that Pi…

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, the Buffalo Sabres' top goalie prospect, underwent hip surgery and his recovery could take up to six months, the team announced Thursday. Luukkonen, 20, joined the Rochester Americans on an amateur tryout ahead of their first-round series sweep at the hands of the Toronto Marlies and made his professional debut in the regular-season finale. Luuk…

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TORONTO – Few words were spoken among the Rochester Americans from the beginning of the Toronto Marlies' series-clinching celebration to the moment the handshake line ended in Coca-Cola Coliseum Wednesday night. This was not the ending the Amerks envisioned. Under the watchful eye of second-year coach Chris Taylor and buoyed by prospects such as Victor Olofsson, they fi…

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ROCHESTER — C.J. Smith did not hit Kasimir Kaskisuo's stick this time. Instead, Smith, whose breakaway attempt was foiled by the knob of Kaskisuo's paddle in Game 1, sniped a short-side shot to break a scoreless tie during the second period Sunday in Blue Cross Arena. The highlight-reel play and celebration that ensued were a distant memory for Smith when he met with…

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ROCHESTER — C.J. Smith knelt on the ice, staring blankly into the Rochester Americans' net as the announced crowd of 4,092 began to file out of Blue Cross Arena on Sunday afternoon. The moment was a snapshot of nearly five years worth of frustration for the franchise and the city's hockey fans. Smith helped the Amerks build a two-goal lead through 40 minutes, only to wa…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, is writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER — After earning his first regular NHL duty last season, a confident Nick Baptiste signed a new contract and expected he would stay in the Sabres organization. Not only did Baptiste, 23, play a career-hig…

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ROCHESTER -- There were no signs of dejection inside the Rochester Americans’ dressing room late Friday night. Victor Olofsson, the Amerks’ leading scorer, proclaimed he and his teammates were “happy with the way we played,” and not a negative word was spoken about two periods in which they allowed four goals. However, the Amerks are facing a harsh reality after thei…

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ROCHESTER – The criticism still irks Victor Olofsson as he stands outside the Rochester Americans' dressing room inside Blue Cross Arena. As a 19-year-old winger in the Swedish Hockey League, Olofsson was told repeatedly that he would never be big enough or strong enough to play professionally in North America. Those doubts weren't silenced when he was drafted 181st ove…