So maybe the other half of the Sabres organization can finish eighth and sneak into the playoffs. It's a one-game season for the Rochester Amerks: Win tonight over the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena and they're almost certainly in the AHL playoffs.
Good friend of the Edge Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle outlines all the scenarios for the club heading into the season finale at this blog post. Of note is that the Amerks aren't out if they lose, but would need some help. The Amerks are currently tied for sixth in the AHL's Western Conference with Lake Erie, both at 84 points. San Antonio is at 85; Milwaukee and Charlotte are at 83 while Houston and Peoria are 82 (what a race!)
The Amerks put themselves in position with Friday's 5-1 romp past Syracuse in Blue Cross Arena, with a crowd of more than 10,000 rooting them on in the largest gathering in the Flower City since 2007. Two goals and an assist for Marcus Foligno, two assists for Corey Tropp. Yep, those guys can play. Another note: In pregame ceremonies, Williamsville native and play-every-night goaltender David Leggio was named Amerks MVP.