February 07, 2019 11:32 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The Amerks are playing great hockey.
They're first in the North Division and are ahead of Syracuse by two points, but on Wednesday night they had a problem playing a great 60 minutes of hockey.
They hosted the Crunch on Wednesday and went into the third with a one-nothing lead but unfortunately, they were outshot in the final frame 10 to 1, and Syracuse would go on to win in a shootout.
On Thursday, the Amerks took time to fix their mistakes in preparation for this weekend.
"I think we need to be better prepared, in between periods, before games, even before practices," said Amerks Captain Kevin Porter. "I think we truly just need to be better prepared."
"I thought the guys worked really hard today and we watched a lot of video and we realized some of the things we did wrong," adds Amerks head coach Chris Taylor. "I think they realized they had a better third and got the jump on us. We have to take care of these things at home and especially when we're up by a goal."
With about eight weeks left to go in the regular season, the team knows how crucial playing a full 60 minutes will be going into the playoffs.
"In playoffs, it's such a small margin of error," says Amerks defenseman Brandon Hickey. "Playoffs are decided with one goal all the time so when you have a lead in the third, you have to make sure you're keeping it. You can't be going into overtime and whatnot because that can really shift the momentum of a series and in turn change the outcome of the season."
The Amerks will host the Springfield Thunderbirds Friday night. It's also Hall of Fame night.
Doug Janik and Steve Langdon will be going into the Hall of Fame, and the Amerks will be in their trademark throwback jerseys.
The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.
Updated: February 07, 2019 11:32 PM
Created: February 07, 2019 10:54 PM
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