TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans play their final game of the 2012-13 regular season this afternoon as they travel to Hamilton to take on the Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum. The 3:00 p.m. contest will be the 12th and final meeting between the two teams this season as they conclude a home-and-home series this weekend. The game will be carried live on Sports 1280 WHTK.
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Last Game: Hamilton at Rochester – 4/20/13
Hamilton (1) vs. Rochester (5)
Goals: Adam, Catenacci (GWG), Varone, Legault, Rankin
Goalie(s): Leggio (29 saves/30 shots, 59:59)
Special Teams: PP: 2/6 --- PK: 5/5
Shots: Hamilton 30 --- Rochester 27
PIM: Hamilton 12 --- Rochester 10
3 Stars: 1. Varone (RCH), 2. Adam (RCH), 3. Bailen (RCH)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: The Amerks and Bulldogs met last night in Rochester, where the Amerks came away with a 5-1 win to clinch a berth in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. Forwards Phil Varone (1+2) and Luke Adam (1+2) each finished with three points on the night while Dan Catenacci, making his professional debut, picked up his first pro points with a goal and an assist. Defenseman Nick Bailen registered the first multi-point game of his career with two assists on the night, and goaltender David Leggio stopped 29 of 30 shots to earn the win. Maxime Legault and Evan Rankin (1+1) rounded out the scoring for Rochester. Through their first 11 meetings of the season, the Amerks have gone 9-2-0-0 against the Bulldogs, including 5-0-0-0 on home ice. In the 11 meetings thus far, Rochester has outscored the ‘Dogs 39-18. Leggio boasts a near-perfect 9-1-0 record vs. Hamilton this season, including two shutouts, with an incredible 1.44 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage in 10 appearances.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (42-29-3-1, 88 points) clinched a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the second straight season and for the 43rd time in the franchise’s 57-year history with last night’s 5-1 win over Hamilton. The Amerks enter the final game of the 2012-13 season having won six of their last 10 games. Rookies Catenacci and Bailen combined for four points in last night’s win while Varone and Adam each tallied a goal and an assist. Leggio has appeared in 64 of the Amerks’ 75 games this season and has a record of 38-24-1, marking just the fourth time in franchise history that a Rochester goaltender has won at least 38 games in a season. He is also just 48 saves shy of the all-time AHL record for saves in a season, set by Mike O’Neill of the Baltimore Bandits in 1995-95. The fifth-year pro continues to lead all AHL netminders in wins (38), saves (1957), minutes (3799:30) and shots against (2119), while ranking fifth with a .924 save percentage. He is also 9-1 in shootouts, which ties the AHL single-season record. Mark Mancari leads the Amerks in all offensive categories including goals (22), assists (39) and points (61) and enters the matchup tied for 10th in scoring in the AHL. He has now scored 20 or more goals in seven straight seasons and has reached the 60-point mark for the fourth time in his AHL career. His 277 shots on goal are also tops in the AHL.
HAMILTON NOTES: Hamilton (29-40-1-5, 64 points) is coming off a 5-1 loss to Rochester last night as Olivier Archambault scored the lone Bulldogs goal and Dustin Tokarski made 22 saves. The Bulldogs, who currently sit in last place in the Western Conference, snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over St. John’s on Friday night. Three of Hamilton’s top four scorers this season are rookies, led by Beaulieu, who had his five-game point streak (1+8) snapped last night. He has recorded 12 points (1+11) in his last 10 games and currently ranks ninth in scoring among all rookie defensemen. Michael Bournival, meanwhile, has notched a point in five of his last eight games. Goalie Robert Mayer, who earlier this season had a personal four-game winning streak, has gone 2-2-0-0 over his last four starts and has allowed two or fewer goals in four of his last five outings.
UP NEXT: The Amerks will begin play in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. Rochester will be in the postseason for the second straight year and for the 43rd time in franchise history. Dates and opponent have not yet been determined for the first round.