TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans return home to The Blue Cross Arena tonight as the Binghamton Senators make their inaugural trip of the 2012-13 season to the Flower City. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be the first of eight scheduled meetings between the intrastate rivals this season and will be broadcast live on Sports 1280 AM WHTK.
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HEAD-TO-HEAD: The Amerks and B-Sens renew a rivalry that saw Rochester post a 6-1-1-0 record last season against Binghamton, including a nearly flawless 3-0-1-0 mark at home. After dropping the first game in the season series, the Amerks responded with six straight wins between November 4 and March 17 and ended the 2011-12 campaign with 13 out of a possible 16 points and outscoring their cross-town foes 26-17 through all eight get-togethers. Rochester boasts a 37-37-6 all-time record against the Baby Sens.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (1-1-0-0, 2 points) enters the contest after coming up short in a 3-1 loss to the 2012 Western Conference champion Toronto Marlies Saturday night at Ricoh Coliseum in what was the teams’ first encounter since the first round of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs. Marcus Foligno scored for the second time in as many days to bring Rochester within a goal, but Ryan Hamilton’s second marker of the night at 7:30 of the final frame proved to be the difference in the contest that saw a combined four power-play goals from both teams. Reigning team MVP David Leggio made his second straight start between the pipes, stopping 34 of 37 shots he faced, including 15 of 16 in the third period. Toronto’s Ben Scrivens garnered his first win of the new campaign with a 20-save effort.
BINGHAMTON NOTES: Binghamton (1-0-0-0, 2 points) comes into the matchup after opening the season with a 2-1 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday night at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Former Amerk Hugh Jessiman and rookie forward Jakob Silfverberg each provided single tallies for the B-Sens, who also received a 35-save effort from fourth-year netminder Robin Lehner. The Senators return 18 players from last season, including top point-getter Mike Hoffman, who registered a team-high 49 points (21+28) while appearing in all 76 games with the B-Sens. Lehner returns for his fourth season between the pipes after compiling a 13-22-1 record with a 3.26 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 40 games last season for Binghamton. The Sens’ goaltending trio was finalized Monday with the signing of 2012 AHL All-Star goaltender Ben Bishop to an American Hockey League contract. Bishop, who appeared in three games with the B-Sens last season, boasts a career record of 83-65-8 in 162 AHL games with Peoria and Binghamton. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Bishop also shows nine career shutouts to go along with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
UP NEXT: Rochester remains home on Friday, Oct. 19 as it hosts the former North Division rival Grand Rapids Griffins at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:05 matchup will be the first of just two meetings this season between the two teams and will be broadcast live on Sports 1280 AM WHTK. The game will also be televised live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (TWC Channel 26).
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