TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans kickoff a busy weekend on the road tonight as they travel across state lines to take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will be the first of just two get-togethers with the Baby Pens this season and will be carried live on Sports 1280 AM WHTK.
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HEAD-TO-HEAD: Having dropped the previous six matchups to the Penguins, including going 0-1-0-1 last season, a victory tonight would give Rochester its first win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since the 2009-10 campaign when the teams split the season series with a pair of home wins each. Since then, the Pens have maintained the upper-hand in regular-season play, posting six straight wins and outscoring the Amerks 24-15 during that span. Rochester is 12-13-7 all-time against the Baby Pens.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (4-2-0-0, 8 points) enters the contest in the midst of a three-game winning streak after skating to a 3-1 win over the North Division rival Hamilton Bulldogs Tuesday night at the First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo. The Amerks scored a goal in each period, including another on the power-play, while reigning team MVP David Leggio steered aside 36 of 37 shots he faced to earn his fourth win of the campaign in his sixth consecutive start. Cody Hodgson led the way offensively for Rochester, scoring his first goal of the season and assisting on another as both Marcus Foligno and Evan Rankin notched assists to extend their current point streak to three games each. Tuesday’s win, which came in front of 10,936 fans, the largest crowd to see an Amerks home game since the 2004-05 season, moved the Amerks into a three-way tie with Chicago and Lake Erie atop the Western Conference standings, good enough for second overall in the American Hockey League.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON NOTES: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, (0-4-0-0, 0 points), wrapping up a three-game homestand tonight, comes into the matchup still in search of its first win of the season after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Syracuse Crunch this past Sunday on home ice. Philippe Dupuis potted the lone goal while former 2012 AHL All-Star goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 17 saves in the losing effort for the Pens, who remain one of just two AHL teams without a win yet this season.
UP NEXT: The Amerks bring October to a close on Saturday, Oct. 27 as Rochester travels to the Glens Falls Civic Center to square off with the intrastate rival Adirondack Phantoms. The 7:00 p.m. contest will be the first of four meetings on the season between the two teams and will be carried live on Sports 1280 AM WHTK.
AMERKS POINTS OF INTEREST
- With 11 goals through their last two games, including eight against Hershey last Saturday, the Amerks currently have the second-most goals for in the AHL with 23. Portland is first with 25.
- Rochester’s power-play has been one of the most potent in the league over the last three games as the Amerks have converted on eight of their last 15 man-advantage opportunities , good enough for a 53.3% success rate in that span.
- Foligno (3+3) and Hodgson (1+5), who each show six points over their last three games, respectively, are currently tied for the league lead in scoring with nine points apiece. Foligno also ranks tied for first in the AHL with five goals while Hodgson’s eight assists are presently a league-best.
- With six points in his last three games (4+2), including a PPG in Tuesday’s win vs. Hamilton, T.J. Brennan’s eight points (4+4) are tied for the most among AHL defensemen. Additionally, three of his four goals have come on the power-play, tying him for first overall.
- Leggio, whose played every minute of the season thus far for Rochester, leads all AHL netminders in wins (4), saves (193) and minutes played (362:01). He enters tonight's game on a three-game winning streak and has dressed the last 32 straight games for the Amerks dating back to Feb. 22 of last season.
- Five different Amerks brings three-game point streaks into tonight's game:
- Brennan - four goals and two assists, including a power-play goal in each of his last three games
- Foligno - three goals and three assists over his his last three appearances, a stretch that also produced a career-best four-point (2+2) performance at Hershey last Saturday
- Hodgson - fresh off his two-point (1+1) showing against Hamilton on Tuesday, the third-pro has recorded one goal and five assists over his last three outings
- Brayden McNabb - has notched four assists over his last three games, all of which came on the power-play
- Rankin - enoying his first point streak of the year with one goal and two assists through his last three games
PENGUINS POINTS OF INTEREST
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s offense is piloted by veteran forward Philippe Dupuis, who paces the team with two goals and two points.
- Both of Dupuis’ goals have come on the man-advantage, which currently ties him for sixth in the AHL in that category.
- Pens forward Steve MacIntyre played part of the 2009-10 season with Rochester, recording two assists and 86 PIM in 32 games.