TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans get right back to work tonight following the Christmas break as the Amerks host the Lake Erie Monsters in the first of back-to-back tilts at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will be the second of six meetings between the North Division rivals and can be heard live on Sports 1280 WHTK.
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Last Game: Rochester at Binghamton – 12/22/12
Rochester (1) at Binghamton (5)
Goalie(s): Knapp (32 saves/37 shots, 60:00)
Special Teams: PP: 0/2 --- PK: 4/5
Shots: Binghamton 37 --- Rochester 35
PIM: Binghamton 14 --- Rochester 10
3 Stars: 1. Silfverberg (BNG), 2. Benoit (BNG), 3. Lehner (BNG)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Rochester is 1-0-0-0 this season against Lake Erie after earning a hard-fought come-from-behind 7-6 win over the Monsters in the teams’ only other get-together back on Dec. 13 at Quicken Loans Arena. Trailing 6-3 in the third period, the Amerks scored four straight goals in the contest that saw seven different Amerks record two-point games, while goaltender David Leggio made 33 saves. Mark Mancari tied the game at six before Alex Biega scored the eventual game-winning goal with just 3:04 remaining in the third period to cap off the comeback and give Rochester the win. The Amerks are coming off a 2011-12 campaign that saw the team post a 5-1-0-0 record, including a 3-0-0-0 mark at home, and capture 10 out of a possible 12 points in six get-togethers with the Monsters.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (13-11-2-1, 29 points) enters the contest after dropping two of its last three games following a 5-1 setback to the Binghamton Senators Saturday night at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Rookie defenseman Jerome Gauthier-Leduc scored the lone goal for the Amerks and first-year netminder Connor Knapp steered aside 32 saves in the loss. Rochester remains in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s North Division standings, trailing three points behind Lake Erie and seven behind division-leading Toronto. With seven points (2+5) through his last nine games, Marcus Foligno continues to pace the Amerks with a team-high 24 points (8+16) while appearing in all 27 games this season. The second-year pro also ranks tied for 17th in assists and leads the team with a plus-five on-ice rating. T.J. Brennan, who shows five points (2+3) over his last five games, ranks fourth in scoring among AHL defensemen with 23 points (11+12) in 27 games and leads all rearguards in power-play goals (5), shorthanded goals (2) and shots (103). After notching an assist on Gauthier-Leduc’s lone tally in Binghamton, Luke Adam enters play tonight carrying the AHL’s longest active point streak of eight games, collecting five goals and four assists over that span.
LAKE ERIE NOTES: Lake Erie (15-13-1-1, 32 points), kicking off a brief two-game road swing tonight, comes into the matchup the winners of three straight after a 5-2 win over the Houston Aeros Saturday on home ice prior to the Christmas break. David van der Gulik, Andrew Agozzino and Paul Carey each recorded two points (1+1) for the Monsters, who also received a 28-save effort from goaltender Sami Aittokallio. Two of Lake Erie’s top three scorers are currently in their first professional season, including leading point-getter Mike Sgarbossa, who paces the Lake Erie offense with 27 points (12+15) and leads the team with 12 goals. His 27 points presently tie him for second overall among league rookies and he is one of just seven AHL freshmen to lead their respective teams in scoring. Among the 16 players returning from last year’s squad is highly-touted defenseman Tyson Barrie, who represented the Monsters at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic. A third-round selection of the Colorado Avalanche in 2009, Barrie currently ranks third in scoring among AHL rearguards with 24 points (5+13) and is the only defenseman to appear in all 30 games for Lake Erie thus far this season. Barrie also enters play tonight riding a four-game point streak (1+5) after notching two assists Saturday against Houston.
UP NEXT: The same two teams will meet again on Friday, Dec. 28 as the two-game set shifts to the First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be carried live on Sports 1280 WHTK and will also be televised live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.