The Amerks will close out their 2012 preseason schedule Friday night when they travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to finish off a home-and-home series with the Penguins that began Wednesday night in Rochester, where the Pens came away with a 4-3 victory.
Forward Mark Mancari, who was playing in his first game in an Amerks uniform since 2008, assisted on all three Rochester goals in the first preseason game. Rookie defenseman Mark Pysyk, a first round draft choice (23rd overall) of the Sabres in 2010, collected two assists. The Amerks goals were scored by Luke Adam, Phil Varone and Brayden McNabb, while David Leggio stopped 28 of 31 shots while playing the entire game in net.
The game was tied until the final two minutes of the third period. That was when Wilkes-Barre's Adam Payerl's wrist shot from a few feet inside the blue line found its way through traffic and into the top of the Rochester net. The Pens added an empty netter during a last minute Amerks power play to make it 4-2, then McNabb scored in the waning seconds of the game, making it a 4-3 final score.
Friday's game is the final tune-up for the Amerks before the regular season starts on Friday, Oct. 12 when Rochester hosts the new-look Syracuse Crunch at The Blue Cross Arena at 7:05 p.m.
Who’s Who: Of the 34 players currently participating in this year’s Training Camp, 20 played at least one game with the Amerks last season, including forwards Marcus Foligno, Corey Tropp and Luke Adam and defensemen T.J. Brennan and Brayden McNabb. Coming off a career year between the pipes in 2011-12, reigning team MVP David Leggio rounds out the list of players returning to Rochester after starting the last 23 straight games of the season to help the Amerks secure a playoff berth. The Amerks also see the return of two familiar faces in forwards Mark Mancari and Nick Tarnasky, who were both re-acquired as free agents. Mancari currently ranks 46th among all-time forwards in franchise history with 156 points (62+94) in 215 career games with Rochester from 2005-08.
Season and Individual Tickets On Sale Now: Season tickets are available for just $12 per game for any seat in The Blue Cross Arena. Keep your same seat for all 38 home games for just $456. The Amerks also introduced standard pricing for all individual game purchases for the 2012-13 season. This year’s pricing allows fans to purchase 200-end level seating for $15, while premium seats are available for $18 and all lower bowl seats for $20. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets at least one day in advance to avoid a $1 day-of-game price increase.