AMERKS LOOK FOR FIRST WIN OF SEASON TONIGHT AGAINST LAKE ERIENews | 10/14/2011 10:43:23 AM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
Game Notes: Tonight, the Rochester Americans take aim at their first win of the season when they meet the Lake Erie Monsters on the road for the first of six get-togethers this season. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena and can be heard live on 107.3 FM and 1280 AM, Rochester’s Sports Talk.
Head-to-Head: The contest will be the first of six scheduled meetings this season between the North Division rivals. Rochester is 10-15-2 all-time against the Colorado Avalanche’s affiliate.
Milestone Watch: Back for a second stint with the Amerks, veteran forward Michael Ryan is four games away from his 400th professional game, 212 of which have been played in Rochester. Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn is just six games shy of 650 pro appearances. Fresh off scoring his first goal of the season, eight-year pro Colin Stuart sits just seven goals away from reaching the century mark in his pro career while second-year blueliner Drew Schiestel will reach 100 AHL games in his next two outings. Rochester native Derek Whitmore needs just five more games for 250 in his pro career.
Amerks Notes: Rochester (0-2-0-0, 0 points) enters the contest on a two-game skid after dropping a 5-1 decision to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last night in the franchise’s 56th home opener. The Amerks have now been outscored 10-3 through the first two games of the 2011-12 season, with their 10 goals against currently a league-high. Rookie forward Marcus Foligno, the son of former Sabre Mike Foligno, netted Rochester’s lone goal for the first of his professional career and veteran netminder Drew MacIntyre made 16 saves on 21 shots in his first game between the pipes in an Amerk uniform. The game also featured the Amerk debuts of defensemen Nick Crawford and Joe Finley, who both missed Rochester’s season opener in Hamilton last Saturday.
Who’s Hot: First-year forward Zack Kassian has certainly made the most of his pro career thus far. With the only player to have points in back-to-back games, the Windsor, Ontario, native currently leads the Amerks in points (2) and assists (2), while being tied for eighth in overall scoring among American Hockey League rookies.
Special Teams Breakdown: The Amerks currently own the 12th-best power-play unit in the league, but show a 40% efficiency rate on the road, good enough for second in the AHL.
Lake Erie Notes: Lake (0-2-0-0, 0 points), finishing up a three-game homestand this evening to start the season, also comes into the matchup in the hunt of its first win of the season following back-to-back one-goal losses to the Abbotsford Heat last weekend. Veteran forward Greg Mauldin has been the lone goal-scorer for the Monsters so far as Lake Erie’s offense has produced only one goal in two games, which ranks among the lowest in the league. Newcomer Trevor Cann has manned the paint in both games for the Monsters and boasts a 0-2-0 record with a 1.54 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, good enough for 11th and 10th among league goaltenders, respectively. The rookie netminder is also second in saves with 57 and sixth in minutes played.