October 18, 2003) — Goalie Ryan Miller, reassigned by the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, did everything expected of him in his Rochester Americans’ debut Friday night.
They nearly needed him to do even more. Namely, score.
But Miller did enough by just stopping all 27 shots he faced, and Paul Gaustad became the offensive hero with a short-handed goal early in the third period as the Amerks defeated the Toronto Roadrunners 1-0.
Miller will probably get the start again tonight at Syracuse. The Amerks are missing a good chunk of their offense with Botterill, Taylor and Pittis up with the Sabres, and Roy out with a concussion.
Here's hoping he tosses three or four more on top of that one. It really baked my cake that Miller got kicked down the road because of the numbers game. Call him immature for his reactions, but it's nice to know that he cares about winning, losing and being the best he can.
I wonder about some of the others that dot the Sabres roster.
Miller and the Amerks were defeated 2-0 by the Crunch. Former Sabre prospect Brad Moran got the game winner on a short-handed goal. Newly signed Nathan Paetsch was the goat. Pascal Leclaire stoned the Amerks, stopping 39 shots.