TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans close out their four-game homestand today as the Amerks travel to Cleveland take on the Lake Erie Monsters in a North Division showdown at Quicken Loans Arena. The 10:45 a.m. matinee will be the fourth of six scheduled meetings between the two teams this season and will be broadcast live on WBER 90.5 FM.
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Last Game: Rochester at Abbotsford – 2/6/13
Rochester (6) at Abbotsford (2)
Goals: Flynn (2, GWG), Adam, Porter, Roy, Mancari
Goalie(s): Leggio (38 saves/40 shots, 60:00)
Special Teams: PP: 1/9 --- PK: 3/4
Shots: Abbotsford 40 --- Rochester 30
PIM: Abbotsford 20 --- Rochester 10
3 Stars: 1. Flynn (RCH), 2. Leggio (RCH), 3. Porter (RCH)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: The Amerks have claimed all three get-togethers in the season series thus far, including earning a two-game sweep of the Monsters that culminated in a 4-1 win for Rochester in the teams’ most recent encounter back on Dec. 28 at the First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo. A record-setting crowd of 19, 070, the most to ever see an Amerks game and the eighth-largest crowd in AHL history, were on hand to watch Cody Hodgson net a pair of goals and David Leggio turn in a 36-save performance as the Amerks improved to 8-1-0-0 in their last nine games against Lake Erie dating back to last season. The Amerks and Monsters have combined for an astonishing 30 goals through the first three games of the season series, including back-to-back 7-6 decisions. Despite presently on recall with Buffalo, defenseman T.J. Brennan shows a team-high seven points (1+6) in three games against Lake Erie this season.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (25-16-2-1, 53 points) enters the contest after skating to a decisive 6-2 win in the back-end of a two-game set with the Abbotsford Heat last Wednesday in Western Canada. Rookie forward Brian Flynn scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist while team captain Kevin Porter also finished with a three-point night (1+2) for the Amerks, who scored four unanswered goals to break a 2-2 tie and cruise to their seventh win in the last eight games. Leggio’s 38 saves extended his personal win streak to six games and moved the fifth-year goaltender within four wins of matching his career-high he set last season with Rochester. Playing at nearly a point-per-game pace, Porter paces the Amerks in points (43) and assists (28) and is one of just two skaters to appear in all 44 games this season. With 12 points (4+8) in his last six games, including four different multi-point outings, Porter enters play tonight tied for sixth in scoring among the AHL's top point-getters, while his 28 assists are also sixth-most among league leaders. Rochester’s offense has been one of the most potent in the league as of late as the Amerks lead the AHL in goals scored (156) and goals-per-game (3.55), while outscoring their opposition 60-47 in the second period. Leggio, who’s started 16 of the last 17 games for the Amerks and has won his last six starts, leads all AHL netminders in wins (24), saves (1134), minutes played (2241:19) and games played (37). Rochester enters the game with a league-best 8-2-0-0 mark over its last 10 games and is currently two points behind Lake Erie for fifth place in the AHL’s Western Conference standings.
LAKE ERIE NOTES: Lake Erie (24-17-2-5, 55 points) comes into the matchup after coming up empty-handed in a 1-0 shootout loss to the Abbotsford Heat Sunday at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Rookie goaltender Kent Patterson’s AHL debut featured a shutout through 65 minutes of regulation and overtime before the netminders’ duel went in favor of Abbotsford’s Barry Brust, who stopped two of six shooters in the skills competition. Despite the loss, however, the Monsters gained a point in the standings and have now collected points in nine of their last 10 games, but have now dropped three straight games in shootouts and are winless in their last four overall. Lake Erie is led offensively by a pair of rookie forwards in Mike Sgarbossa (16+20) and Andrew Agozzino (13+23), who each share the team lead with 36 points this season, good enough for fourth among league freshmen. Back for his second season with the Monsters is highly-touted defenseman Tyson Barrie, who despite currently being on recall with Colorado, ranks tied for seventh in scoring among AHL rearguards with 27 points (6+21).
UP NEXT: Rochester returns home on Friday, Feb. 15 as the Amerks host the Houston Aeros on Hall of Fame Night at The Blue Cross Arena. Game time is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start and will be carried live on Sports 1280 WHTK. Prior to the game, the Amerks will induct former team captain Dane Jackson and longtime sports anchor Rich Funke into the team's Hall of Fame during an on-ice ceremony as the organization welcomes the 53rd and 54th members of the exclusive club.