News | 6/17/2014 9:45:35 AM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
| Photo: Micheline Veluvolu
A numerical and statistical look at defenseman Matt MacKenzie’s third season with the Rochester Americans during the 2013-14 American Hockey League campaign.
After a rash of injuries limited him to just 57 games through his first two professional seasons, MacKenzie entered the final year of his entry-level contract out to prove something, but more importantly, stay healthy in order to make a considerable impact. Having just 50 games at the AHL level under his belt, the least among Rochester’s non-rookie defensemen entering the season, MacKenzie overcame an injury-filled past on his way to establishing career-highs in all offensive categories, including goals (2), assists (8), points (10) and gamed played (64). The New Westminster, British Columbia, native also finished the season with a team-best plus-11 on-ice rating and was named the Amerks’ IOA Specialty/AHL Man of the Year for his dedicated service to the Rochester community.
BY THE NUMBERS...
Scored twice on the season, including his first-career American Hockey League goal in a 3-2 overtime loss to the intrastate rival Binghamton Senators on Nov. 8. MacKenzie added his second of the season eight games later in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Nov. 30. MacKenzie also notched two assists in a 6-1 rout of Utica on Dec. 4 for his only multi-point outing of the season.
Took a team-high four shots in a 2-1 shootout loss at Lake Erie on Apr. 13. Missed a season-long four games from Mar. 23 to Mar. 28 due to injury.
His team-best plus-11 on-ice rating was the best among all Rochester skaters this season. It also represented the first time since turning pro in 2011-12 that MacKenzie closed out a season with a positive mark in that category.
Racked up a team-high 19 penalty minutes against Grand Rapids on Feb. 8, with his late third-period actions earning himself an automatic one-game suspension by the AHL.
Finished seventh among Amerks defensemen with 54 shots on goal.
MacKenzie’s 64 games played ranked fifth on the team and were the most among all blueliners. Fellow defenseman Nick Crawford, who also completed his third season with the Amerks in 2013-14, came in at a close second with 63 regular-season appearances.
Notable Season Milestones
100th game as an Amerk Mar. 8 at Syracuse
100th professional game Feb. 21 vs. San Antonio
First goal as an Amerk Nov. 8 vs. Binghamton