TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans conclude their season-long five-game road trip tonight by making their only appearance of the season in San Antonio to face the Rampage. The 5:30 p.m. ET contest will be the second and final meeting of the season between the Western Conference rivals this season and will be broadcast live on Sports 1280 WHTK.
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Last Game: Rochester vs. Houston – 3/23/13
Rochester (3) vs. Houston (2) – SO
Goals: Jacobs, Tarnasky, Biega (SWG)
Goalie(s): Leggio (38 saves/40 shots, 65:00)
Special Teams: PP: 0/2 --- PK: 3/4
Shots: Houston 40 --- Rochester 30
PIM: Rochester 13 --- Houston 9
3 Stars: 1. Biega (RCH), 2. Rau (HOU), 3. Leggio (RCH)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: The Amerks are 0-5-1-0 over their last six get-togethers with San Antonio dating back to the 2007-08 campaign. San Antonio defeated Rochester 4-2 back on Nov. 28 in Rochester in the only previous meeting between the clubs this season. Frederick Roy scored his first professional goal for the Amerks in the loss while 10 different Rampage players recorded a point. Goalie Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves to record the victory for San Antonio.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (34-25-3-1, 72 points) concludes its three-game trip through the Lone Star State today after defeating the Houston Aeros 3-2 in a shootout last night as defenseman Alex Biega scored the shootout-winning goal for the third time in the last seven games. Rookie forward Colin Jacobs, who made his AHL debut on Friday, scored his first professional goal in Saturday’s win. Nick Tarnasky also scored his 14th goal of the season in the win to match the career-high he set in 2005-06 while with Springfield. David Leggio stopped 38 of 40 shots to pick up the victory. Amerks leading scorer Mark Mancari, who was held scoreless on Saturday, scored his 20th goal of the season in Friday’s loss to Texas, making him the first Amerk this season to reach the 20-goal mark, a feat he’s accomplished in each of his last seven seasons. Mancari has registered 15 points (5+10) over his last 12 games and leads the Amerks in all offensive categories, including goals (20), assists (38) and points (58) and enters the matchup tied for fourth in scoring among the AHL’s top point-getters. He also ranks fourth among league leaders in assists, including a league-best 18 helpers on the power-play. His 235 shots on goal are also tops in the AHL and are 28 shots ahead of the next closest player (Kolarik, WBS – 207 shots). Leggio, who has won seven of his last 10 starts, continues to lead all AHL netminders in wins (33), saves (1669), minutes (3274:00) and shots against (1811), while ranking seventh with a .921 save percentage. The Amerks have won two of their last three games, with both victories coming in the shootout. Rochester is now 7-1 in shootouts on the season.
SAN ANTONIO NOTES: San Antonio (27-28-1-6, 61 points), playing the second game of a three-game homestand tonight, comes into the matchup winless in its last three outings following a 3-2 home defeat to the Oklahoma City Barons last night. The Rampage struck twice in the first period but ultimately could not hold off the Barons. John McFarland tallied his third goal in as many games, while Dov Grumet-Morris stopped 30 of 33 shots, but three unanswered goals by the Barons sunk the Rampage. Seven of the last eight Rampage games have been decided by one goal, with San Antonio owning a 3-3-0-2 record in that span. The Rampage are 4-4-0-2 in their last 10 games and have fallen to 14th place in the Western Conference standings. Grumet-Morris has started eleven straight games in goal for San Antonio with Jacob Markstrom on recall to the Florida Panthers. Prior to their game on Saturday, the Rampage announced they had signed defenseman George Hughes to an amateur tryout contract. Hughes recently wrapped up his senior season at St. Lawrence University where he led the nation in scoring by a defenseman in the regular season with 37 points on five goals and 32 assists in 38 games. The game will be a walk down memory lane for some, especially for Rampage head coach Chuck Weber and assistant coach Jason Cipolla, who both shared the bench in the same capacity in Rochester during the 2010-11 season. Cipolla served as the Amerks assistant coach for four seasons (2007-11), finishing his tenure with the Amerks with a 128-172-20 record (287 points) in 320 career games. Several Rampage players also called the Flower City their home in 2010-11, including Colby Robak, Michael Caruso, Eric Selleck and Jacob Markstrom to name a few.
UP NEXT: The Amerks return home to host the rival Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday, March 27 at The Blue Cross Arena in a 7:05 p.m. tilt. The ninth of 10 meetings between the teams this season will be carried live on Time Warner Cable SportChannel and Sports 1280 WHTK.