The 2011-12 Rochester Americans’ season was filled with great moments – highlight reel goals, Hall of Fame inductions, unforgettable nights at The Blue Cross Arena and memorable events in the community. We’re taking one last look back at the season and are asking Amerks fans to vote and tell us what YOU thought was the Best Moment of the 2011-12 Amerks season! Now, we're down to the final matchup to decide the 2011-12 Moment of the Year!
A1C Jerry Cappon returns home to surprise family On Jan. 14, Rochester native A1C Jerry Cappon, a member of the United States Air Force, surprised his parents during an Amerks game. Stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Cappon and his two sisters worked with the Amerks to plan the surprise for their parents, who were completely unaware that Jerry was back in Rochester. Following the game, Jerry visited the Amerks locker room to meet the players, including Phil Varone, with whom he had previously exchanged messages with on Twitter.
Adam’s Goal Helps Clinch Playoff Berth Luke Adam began the season in Buffalo and did not join the Amerks until Feb. 11, but the AHL’s 2010-11 Rookie of the Year wound up scoring perhaps the most important goal of Rochester’s season. In the regular season finale on April 14 in Cleveland, the Amerks and Lake Erie Monsters were essentially in a one-game playoff, where the winner would stay alive and the loser would be eliminated. With the score tied at one midway through the second period, Adam picked up the puck in the neutral zone, cut to the middle and rifled a shot past Monsters goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to give the Amerks a 2-1 advantage. The lead held, and Adam’s goal sent the Amerks into the Calder Cup Playoffs.