TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans wrap up a two-game weekend road set tonight as the Amerks journey east down the New York State Thruway to take on the Adirondack Phantoms at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The 7:00 p.m. contest will be the first of four meetings between the intrastate rivals this season and will be broadcast live on Sports 1280 AM WHTK.
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HEAD-TO-HEAD: The Amerks and Phantoms renew their cross-town rivalry that saw the teams split the 2011-12 season series with a pair of wins each, including Rochester’s 4-2 victory over Adirondack in the teams’ most recent get-together back on Apr. 8, 2012 in Glens Falls. Following tonight’s game, the same two teams are slated to meet again on Friday, Nov. 9 when the Phantoms make their first of two visits to downtown Rochester.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (4-2-1-0, 9 points) enters the contest after seeing its three-game winning streak snapped as a result of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last night Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Despite the loss, the Amerks have now collected points in four straight games and moved into a first-place tie atop the Western Conference standings. Skating 6-on-5 with 1:08 to play in regulation, Rochester erased a 4-2 deficit with back-to-back goals 43 seconds apart from Kevin Porter and Mark Mancari to force overtime, but the rally would fall short as Paul Thompson converted on a breakaway opportunity in the closing seconds of the extra frame to give the Baby Pens their first win of the season. Four different Amerks players recorded multi-point nights, including defenseman T.J. Brennan, who notched a pair of assists to extend his point streak to four games and remain tied for the scoring lead among AHL defensemen. Alex Biega also collected two assists while Porter and Mancari each finished with a goal and an assist. David Leggio turned aside 25 saves in the loss, marking his seventh straight start for the Amerks.
ADIRONDACK STATS: Adirondack (2-3-0-0, 4 points) comes into the matchup on the heels of a 5-1 loss to the Albany Devils last night at the Times Union Center. Zac Rinaldo potted the lone goal while Cal Heeter made 25 saves in the losing effort for the Phantoms, who have now lost two of their last three and fallen to the basement of the AHL's Northeast Division. Playing at a point-per-game pace, third-year pro Brayden Schenn currently leads the Phantoms with three goals and five points through the first five games of the season. Adirondack owns the sixth-best penalty-kill in the AHL with an 88.2% success rate, while it's struggling offense has scored the second-fewest amount of goals in the league with 12.
UP NEXT: Rochester returns to home ice on Friday, Nov. 2 when it hosts the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena to open its November schedule, which features five Friday night home games. The North Division showdown will also be the first of back-to-back tilts between the two teams and can be heard live on Sports 1280 AM WHTK. In addition, the game will be televised live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (Channel 26).
AMERKS POINTS OF INTEREST
- With 15 goals through their last three games, including eight against Hershey last Saturday, the Amerks currently lead the AHL in goals for with 27. Portland is the next closest with 25 goals scored.
- Rochester’s power-play has been one of the most potent in the league over the last three games as the Amerks have converted on eight of their last 19 man-advantage opportunities.
- With eight points in his last four games (4+4), including a PPG in Tuesday’s win vs. Hamilton, Brennan presently leads the AHL in scoring with 10 points (4+6), which is also the most among AHL defensemen. Additionally, three of his four goals have come on the power-play, tying him for second overall.
- Marcus Foligno (3+3) and Cody Hodgson (1+5), who each show six points over their last four games, respectively, are currently tied for second in the league lead in scoring with nine points apiece. Foligno also ranks tied for second in the AHL with five goals while Hodgson’s eight assists are presently a league-best.
- Leggio, whose played every minute of the season, leads all AHL netminders in wins (4), saves (218) and minutes played (425:42).
- Nick Tarnasky is sixth in the AHL with 25 penalty minutes.
- Brennan, Rankin and Brayden McNabb each bring four-game point streaks into tonight’s game.