TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans’ four-game homestand continues tonight as the Amerks host the Binghamton Senators at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will be the fifth of eight meetings between the intrastate rivals this season and will be broadcast live on Sports 1280 WHTK.
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2012-13 ROCHESTER STATS
2012-13 BINGHAMTON STATS
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Last Game: Rochester vs. Lake Erie – 12/28/12
Rochester (4) at Lake Erie (1)
Goals: Hodgson (2), Mancari (GWG), Tarnasky
Goalie(s): Leggio (36 saves/37 shots, 60:00)
Special Teams: PP: 2/3 --- PK: 4/5
Shots: Lake Erie 37 --- Rochester 30
PIM: Rochester 17 --- Lake Erie 13
3 Stars: 1. Hodgson (RCH), 2. Mancari (RCH), 3. Leggio (RCH)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Tonight’s get-together also marks the third meeting in the last five games between the two teams, who enter the matchup after splitting a home-and-home series last weekend that saw the B-Sens emerge with three out of a possible four points to improve to 3-0-0-1 against Rochester this season. Team captain Kevin Porter has netted a goal in each of the three games against Binghamton this season and leads the Amerks with a team-high four points (3+1) throughout the season series.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (15-11-2-1, 33 points) enters the contest after cruising to a 4-1 win over the Lake Erie Monsters in the back-end of a two-game set in front of a record-setting crowd of 19,070 last night at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Cody Hodgson scored a pair of goals for the second consecutive game and David Leggio turned in a brilliant 36-save performance for the Amerks, who have won three of their last four and improved to 4-0-0-1 over their last five home games. Hodgson led Rochester with two goals, scoring twice on the power-play, while veteran forward Mark Mancari chipped in a goal and an assist to extend his current point streak to five games. Nick Tarnasky rounded out the scoring for the Amerks, adding an insurance tally midway through the third period. The crowd set a new franchise record for the Amerks, making it the largest attendance in the 57-year history of the franchise to take in an Amerks game. The record-setting attendance also represents the eighth-largest crowd for a single game in American Hockey League history and the fourth-largest for an AHL game played indoors. T.J. Brennan, who shows 11 points (3+8) over his last seven games, ranks second among AHL defensemen in scoring with a team-high 29 points (12+17) in 29 games, good enough for eighth overall among the league’s top point-getters. Brennan also enters play tonight leading all rearguards in power-play goals (6), shorthanded goals (2) and shots (112). The fourth-year blueliner is also tied for 18th in the AHL with a team-best 12 goals and needs just another six goals to tie the franchise record for most goals scored by a defenseman in a single-season.
BINGHAMTON NOTES: Binghamton (17-7-1-2, 37 points) comes into the matchup fresh off its 3-2 win over the Albany Devils last night at the Times Union Center. Cole Schneider provided a pair of tallies while team-leading point-getter Jakob Silfverberg tacked on the game-winner with 2:35 left to play in regulation. Guided by first-year head coach Luke Richardson, the B-Sens are currently the fourth-best team in the AHL’s Eastern Conference, and with a 17-7-1-2 overall record through their first 27 games of the season, are off to their best start in franchise history. Binghamton’s early season success was highlighted by a nine-game winning streak between Nov. 10 and Dec. 7, one that saw the Senators outscore their opponents 41-18. The B-Sens enter tonight’s game with a 6-3-0-1 record over their last 10 games and own the second-best penalty-kill in the AHL after allowing just 16 goals on 130 shorthanded situations. Binghamton also owns the best goaltending tandem in Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop. Lehner presently ranks second among netminders with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage, and ranks 10th with 11 wins. Silfverberg paces the B-Sens in all offensive categories, including goals (13), assists (12) and points (15), and enters play tonight on a seven-game point streak (6+4), including goals in six straight games.
UP NEXT: The Amerks will bring the 2012 calendar year to a close on Monday, Dec. 31 as they host the Hamilton Bulldogs in a special New Year’s Eve matinee at The Blue Cross Arena. The contest is slated for 3:05 p.m. and will be carried live on Sports 1280 WHTK.