News | 6/17/2013 11:47:26 AM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
| Alex Biega (Photo: Micheline Veluvolu)
A numerical and statistical look at defenseman Alex Biega’s second season with the Rochester Americans during the 2012-13 American Hockey League season.
A Banner Year for Biega
Despite missing the first three games of the regular season as a healthy scratch, Biega’s poise and natural presence at the blueline quickly solidified himself a permanent spot in the Amerks lineup for the 2012-13 campaign that concluded with the third-year defenseman being tabbed Rochester’s Unsung Hero. After recording five points (0+5) through his first six games, the Montreal, Quebec, native went on to post career-highs in all offensive categories, including goals (5), assists (20), points (25), penalty minutes (59) and games played (72). It was the best statistical season for Biega, who finished third in scoring among team defensemen before adding two more assists in three playoff games to lead all Rochester blueliners in postseason scoring.
Over the first two and a half years of his professional career, Biega played in 21 shootout games and was never called on to attempt a shot. That changed earlier this season, and Biega’s prowess brought the Amerks valuable standings points down the stretch. On Mar. 10, the Amerks turned to Biega in the bottom of the 10th round of a marathon shootout vs. Abbotsford, and he snapped a shot home to give Rochester the win. On Mar. 19, Biega got the call in the fifth round and netted the only goal of the shootout, sending the Amerks to victory in Oklahoma City. And on Mar. 23 in Houston, Biega’s goal in the last half of the fifth round made Rochester triumphant again – and made him 3-for-3 with three game-winners, putting him sixth in the AHL in shootout efficiency (3-for-4 overall), while helping the Amerks improve to 10-1 in shootouts this season. He also led the league, including all defensemen, in shootout game-winning goals and ranked second among AHL rearguards with a .750 shootout efficiency.
BY THE NUMBERS...
Netted the game-winning goal in a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters on Dec. 13 at Quicken Loans Arena. Facing a 6-3 deficit with 14:45 left to play in the third period, the Amerks rallied for four unanswered goals in the third period, with Biega completing the impressive come-from-behind win with the eventual game-winner late in the final frame.
Scored three consecutive game-winning goals in the shootout and ranked second to only Grand Rapid’ Chad Billins for tops in the AHL in that category. He also registered three multi-point games, the second-most amongst Amerks blueliners this season.
Biega has a stretch of eight games between Jan. 9 and Feb. 1 where he was plus or even with Amerks going 6-2-0-0 in that span.
His 72 games were the most among any Amerks defenseman this season. The next closest player was second-year Brayden McNabb, who played in 62 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury on Mar. 23 in Houston.
Appeared in his 100th game as an Amerk on Jan. 21 against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Fired a career-high 101 shots on goal and finished with the second-best shooting percentage (5.0%) among team defensemen.