TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans continue their busy three-game weekend tonight as they make their way to the southern tier to face the Binghamton Senators at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be the seventh of eight meetings between the intrastate rivals this season and will be broadcast live on Sports 1280 WHTK.
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Last Game: Rochester vs. Abbotsford – 3/8/13
Rochester (5) vs. Abbotsford (0)
Goals: McCormick (2, GWG), McNabb, Tarnasky, Adam
Goalie(s): Leggio (44 saves/44 shots, 60:00)
Special Teams: PP: 3/8 --- PK: 5/5
Shots: Abbotsford 44 --- Rochester 26
PIM: Abbotsford 16 --- Rochester 10
3 Stars: 1. Leggio (RCH), 2. McCormick (RCH), 3. McNabb (RCH)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Tonight’s game will also be the first of two in a three-game stretch for both teams before exchanging pleasantries for the final time this season back in Rochester on Wednesday, March 13. The Amerks have struggled this season against the B-Sens, who show a 5-0-0-1 record and have claimed 11 out of a possible 12 points in six games throughout the season series thus far. Binghamton is also undefeated at home against Rochester after earning its second straight 5-1 win in their most recent get-together back on Jan. 16 in Broome County. Luke Adam scored the lone goal for the Amerks and David Leggio finished with 33 saves in the loss.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (30-22-2-1, 63 points) enters the contest riding a three-game winning streak after a 5-0 rout of the Abbotsford Heat last night at The Blue Cross Arena. Cody McCormick scored twice in span of 17 seconds and Leggio stopped all 44 shots en route to his third shutout of the season, while setting a new career-high with his 29th win of the campaign. His 44 saves were also a career-high for saves in a shutout. Brayden McNabb registered his second straight three-point game, scoring a goal and assisting on two others, while Nick Tarnasky and Adam each chipped in two points (1+1) for the Amerks, who moved into a tie with Lake Erie for second place in the American Hockey League’s North Division standings. Veteran forward Mark Mancari also picked up an assist in the win to extend his current point streak to four games, showing three goals and three assists for six points over that span. Mancari leads the Amerks in all offensive categories including goals (18), assists (31) and points (49) and enters the matchup 10th in scoring among the AHL’s top point-getters. The eight-year pro is also tied for ninth among league leaders in assists, 16 of which have come on the power-play, good for fifth in the AHL in that category. His 195 shots on goal are also tops in the in the AHL. Leggio, who has won three straight and 11 of his last 16 starts, continues to lead all AHL netminders in wins (29), saves (1460), minutes (2841:52) and shots against (1584).
BINGHAMTON NOTES: Binghamton (34-17-1-5, 74 points) comes into the matchup with wins in three of its last four games after a 3-0 whitewash of the Connecticut Whale last night on home ice. Frederik Claesson scored what held up to be the game-winner just 56 seconds into the opening frame and Nathan Lawson stopped all 34 shots to earn his fifth victory and first shutout of the season. Guided by first-year head coach Luke Richardson, the B-Sens are currently the fourth-best team in all of the American Hockey League, and with just 17 regulation losses through their first 57 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 by an incredible 41-18 margin. The Sens enter tonight’s game with points in four straight and own the fourth-best penalty-kill in the AHL after allowing just 39 goals on 284 short-handed situations. As a team, the B-Sens currently lead the AHL with 15 short-handed tallies, including five from leading goal-scorer Derek Grant. Binghamton also has one of the best goaltending tandems in Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop, who are both presently on recall with the big club in Ottawa. Lehner, however, leads all AHL backstops with a .938 save percentage in just 31 games this season.
UP NEXT: Rochester brings the weekend to a close on Sunday, March 10 with one last go-around against the North Division rival Abbotsford Heat at The Blue Cross Arena. Game time is slated for a 5:05 p.m. start and can be heard live on Sports 1280 WHTK.