TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans close out their four-game homestand and the 2012 calendar year this afternoon as they host the Hamilton Bulldogs in a special New Year’s Eve matinee at The Blue Cross Arena. The 3:05 p.m. contest will be the fifth of 12 scheduled meetings between the North Division rivals this season and will be broadcast live on Sports 1280 WHTK.
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AUDIO: DON STEVENS WITH RON ROLSTON
2012-13 AHL STANDINGS
MONDAY'S WEATHER FORECAST
Last Game: Rochester vs. Binghamton – 12/29/12
Rochester (1) vs. Binghamton (2)
Goalie(s): Leggio (27 saves/29 shots, 58:42)
Special Teams: PP: 0/3 --- PK: 3/3
Shots: Binghamton 29 --- Rochester 27
PIM: Rochester 6 --- Binghamton 6
3 Stars: 1. Lehner (BNG), 2. Leggio (RCH), 3. Cowick (BNG)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Rochester carries a 3-1-0-0 record against Hamilton into tonight’s matchup after skating to a 4-1 win in the teams’ most recent get-together back on Nov. 14 at Copps Coliseum. Brian Flynn (1+1) and Kevin Porter (0+2) each notched two points in the game, while David Leggio stopped 26 of 27 shots in the victory. Flynn leads the Amerks with five points (3+2) in four games against the Bulldogs this season and Porter remains at a close second with three points on one goal and two assists. Leggio, meanwhile, boasts an unblemished 3-0-0 mark with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage in three starts versus Hamilton. Rochester is also undefeated at home against the Bulldogs and has outscored Hamilton 13-8 throughout the season series thus far.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (15-12-2-1, 33 points) enters the contest after seeing its three-game home win streak halted following a 2-1 setback to the Binghamton Senators Saturday at The Blue Cross Arena. Marcus Foligno potted the lone goal for the Amerks, extending his current point streak to three games, while Leggio turned away 27 shots in the loss, snapping a personal three-game winning streak. Despite the loss, however, the Amerks are victorious in three of their last five games and are 5-4-0-1 in their last 10 outings. T.J. Brennan, who shows 11 points (3+8) over his last eight games, ranks second among AHL defensemen in scoring with a team-high 29 points (12+17) in 30 games, good enough for 10th 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 (118). The fourth-year blueliner is also tied for 20th in the AHL with a team-best 12 goals and needs another six goals to tie the franchise record for most goals scored by a defenseman in a single-season. Leggio, who has started 24 of the last 30 games for the Amerks, leads all AHL netminders in saves (715) and ranks second in wins (14) and minutes played (1463:55).
HAMILTON NOTES: Hamilton (11-16-1-2, 25 points) comes into the matchup after coming up empty-handed in a 4-0 whitewash to the Lake Erie Monsters Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. Cedrick Desjardins, who is back for his second stint with Hamilton, made 37 saves in the loss for the Bulldogs, who were outshot 47-17 in the contest. With just one win in their last five games, the Bulldog currently reside in the basement of the American Hockey League’s North Division standings and own the worst record in the AHL (.417 winning percentage). Coming off a career-best five-point game (3+2) against St. John’s on Dec. 28, third-year pro Gabriel Dumont paces the Bulldogs offense in goals (9) and points (18) and is just one of five Hamilton skaters to appear in all 30 games this season. A native of Ville Degelis, Quebec, Dumont enters play tonight with seven points (4+3) over his last four games and shows a team-best plus-six on-ice rating. Three of Hamilton’s top five scorers are currently in their first professional season, including rookie forward Brendan Gallagher, who ranks tied for 15th in scoring among league freshmen with 18 points (9+9). Gallagher has been Hamilton’s top performer throughout the month of December, recording eight points (3+5) in 13 games, including a two-point outing at Rockford on Dec. 15.
"ROC" IN THE NEW YEAR: To help ring in the New Year, fans can purchase two tickets for the special price of $20.13 when using the promo code “NYE” at the time of purchase. Free hats and noisemakers will be given away prior to the game. Following the game, fans are invited to take part in a “ROCkin” New Year’s Eve Postgame Skate on the Blue Cross Arena ice. The one-hour postgame skate for fans is free of charge and open to all fans upon the conclusion of the game. Fans must bring their own helmets and skates, as rental skates will not be available. There will be a Skate Check area in the tunnel located below Sections 114-116 where fans can store their skates during the Amerks game and pick up prior to the postgame skate.
UP NEXT: Rochester opens the New Year on Friday, Jan. 4 as it travels west for the first of back-to-back tilts with the Abbotsford Heat at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. The 10:00 PM EST matchup will be the third of eight meetings between the North Division foes and can be heard live on Sports 1280 WHTK.