ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - It's been 1,443 days since the last time the Rochester Americans were in the AHL playoffs.
"Today is a good day," smiled head coach Chris Taylor.
Monday, the Amerks held their first of three practices this week as they prepare to face the Syracuse Crunch in the opening round.
"There hasn't been a ton of playoffs around here the last few years so I think everyone is pretty excited to get back," said captain Kevin Porter.
Rochester will begin their best-of-five series Friday night in Syracuse.
Porter, a ten-year veteran of the AHL, is entering his sixth postseason and is trying to tell his younger teammates to treat it like it's just another game. Even though he knows it's not.
"It's a little different," smirked Porter. "It's a little more intense and it's going to a lot more hardwork."
The Crunch won the season series against the Amerks. Syracuse winning six out of the ten meetings between the two teams.
"The big message today was yeah we've made it here, we're in a good spot. We like where we are but they're not just going to roll over," said Nick Baptiste.
The Amerks closed out the regular season in style winning six out of their last eight games.
"They're a great team over there in Syracuse and they're going to play real hard. We're going to have to play out best if we want to get out of that round," added Baptiste.
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