Tonight’s Game: The Rochester Americans and Binghamton Senators square off for the third time in eight days tonight at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will be the third of eight scheduled meetings between the intrastate rivals this season and will be broadcast live on Sports 1280 WHTK.
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Head-to-Head: The Amerks and B-Sens are meeting for the third time this season and just a week after a home-and-home series between the clubs on Nov. 8 and 9. Binghamton won each of the first two meetings, including a 3-2 overtime decision last Friday and a 7-3 victory the following night. The Amerks have dropped six of their last seven games against the Senators dating back to last season and are looking for their first win in Binghamton since a 4-3 OT win back on Mar. 17, 2012.
Amerks Notes: Rochester (7-3-2-2, 18 points) is coming off a 4-2 road win over the Utica Comets last night as Luke Adam scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season. By recording his second consecutive two-goal game, Adam took over the AHL lead in goals with 13 in just 14 games. Rookie Joel Armia, playing in just his second game with the Amerks, collected two assists for the first points of his North American professional career. Kevin Sundher also registered two assists while veterans Matt Ellis and Mike Zigomanis each scored a goal to round out the scoring for Rochester. Goaltender Nathan Lieuwen stopped 33 of 35 shots to earn the win in net. The win gives the Amerks points in 10 of their last 11 games and keeps them atop the American Hockey League’s North Division standings. With four goals in the last two games, Adam has taken over the team scoring lead with 17 points (13+4). He also has three multi-goal games this season and has scored in all but four of Rochester’s 14 games this year. In addition to leading the AHL with 13 goals, his seven power play tallies are also tops in the league. The former AHL Rookie of the Year is off to the best start in his pro career and is already just two goals shy of matching the 15 he scored in 67 games last season. Phil Varone has recorded at least one point in 11 of his first 14 games this season, a stretch that still features the AHL’s longest assist streak this season and the eighth-longest point streak of the year (8 games). Varone, despite being held scoreless Friday night in Utica for only the third time this season, currently leads the Amerks with 12 assists and ranks second on the team with 16 points. He also enters play tonight tied for eighth in the AHL in assists and tied for 13th in overall scoring. Coming into today’s game, four of Rochester’s top 10 scorers are defensemen, who have collectively recorded 32 points (8+24) over the last 11 games. Leading the way is Brayden McNabb, whose 12 points (2+10) tie him for sixth in scoring among AHL blueliners. The Amerks enter today’s game with a record of 7-0-1-2 when scoring first.
Binghamton Notes: Binghamton (10-4-0-0, 20 points) comes into the matchup riding the AHL’s second longest active winning streak at five games. On Friday, the B-Sens knocked off the Adirondack Phantoms, 4-2, after overcoming an early 2-1 third period deficit to earn the win. Nathan Lawson stopped 48 of 50 Adirondack shots while Jean-Gabriel Pageau put the game-winner past Phantoms goaltender Cal Heeter at the 8:48 mark of the third to lift the B-Sens to their fifth consecutive win. Guided by second-year head coach Luke Richardson, Binghamton returns 21 players from last year’s squad, including Spencerport native and second-year pro Shane Prince. As a rookie for the B-Sens last season, Prince finished third on the team in scoring with 35 points (17+18) in 65 games, including four goals against his hometown Amerks. Binghamton outscored the Amerks 10-5 in last weekend’s home-and-home series, which included a 7-3 win over Rochester Saturday on home ice as Stephane Da Costa recorded five points (2+3) in the win. One night earlier, leading scorer Mike Hoffman scored two goals to guide his team to a 3-2 OT win over the Amerks. Goaltender Nathan Lawson enters play tonight ranked second in the AHL with a .934 save percentage while sporting a 7-1-0 record.
Up Next: Following a three-game road swing, the Amerks return home on Wednesday, Nov. 20 to host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:05 p.m. game will be the first of just two meetings between the two teams this season and the only matchup in Rochester. The game will be carried live on Sports 1280 WHTK and televised live on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 26.