TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rochester Americans look to snap their three-game skid tonight as the Adirondack Phantoms journey west to The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:05 matchup will be the third of four meetings between the intrastate rivals this season and will be carried live on Sports 1280 WHTK.
AMERKS FAN GUIDE
AUDIO: DON STEVENS WITH CHADD CASSIDY
2012-13 AHL STANDINGS
2012-13 ROCHESTER STATS
2012-13 ADIRONDACK STATS
FRIDAY'S WEATHER FORECAST
Last Game: Rochester at Toronto – 12/1/12
Rochester (2) at Toronto (3), OT
Goals: McNabb, Biega
Goalie(s): Leggio (32 saves/35 shots, 61:06)
Special Teams: PP: 1/4 --- PK: 5/6
Shots: Rochester 38 --- Toronto 35
PIM: Rochester 24 --- Toronto 20
3 Stars: 1. Kadri (TOR), 2. Ranger (TOR), 3. Scrivens (TOR)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: After winning in decisive fashion by virtue of a 6-2 rout to open the season series with Adirondack back on Oct. 26, the Amerks dropped a 2-1 decision in the Phantoms’ first visit to Rochester on Nov. 9 at The Blue Cross Arena. T.J. Brennan potted the lone goal for the Amerks, who despite the loss maintain a 25-24-5 all-time record against the Philadelphia Flyers’ affiliate. Rick Schofield (2+0), Nick Tarnasky (1+1) and Evan Rankin (1+1) each show two points in two games against the Phantoms this season. Following tonight’s get-together, the teams are idle until April 6, when Rochester makes its final appearance of the 2012-13 campaign at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (9-8-2-0, 20 points) enters the contest after earning a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies in the back-end of a home-and-home series between the North Division rivals last Saturday at Ricoh Coliseum. Toronto’s Nazem Kadri scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner just 1:06 into the extra session for the hometown Marlies, who improved to 3-0-0-0 against Rochester this season with the win. Amerks defensemen Brayden McNabb and Alex Biega each scored their second goals of the season, while David Leggio stopped 32 of 35 shots he faced in his fifth consecutive start between the pipes. Marcus Foligno assisted on both Rochester goals, snapping a two-game scoring drought to give the second-year pro four helpers over his last five games and return to his point-per-game pace with a team-high 19 points (6+13) in 19 games this season. The loss dropped the Amerks to fourth place in the American Hockey League’s North Division standings, 11 points behind league-leading Abbotsford.
ADIRONDACK NOTES: Adirondack (9-11-0-0, 18 points), fresh off its season-long six-game homestand, also comes into the matchup in the midst of a three-game slide after coming up short on the losing end of a 3-2 decision to the Albany Devils last Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Erik Gustafsson and Tye McGinn each scored power-play goals, while Cal Heeter made 31 saves in the losing effort for the Phantoms. Adirondack comes to the Flower City fueled by second-year pro Brayden Schenn, who paces the Phantoms in all offensive categories, in goals (9), assists (13) and points (22) through 20 games this season. Averaging 1.10 points-per-game, Schenn enters play tonight ranked fifth in the AHL in scoring and tied for 12th in assists. In addition, four of his team-best nine goals have come on the power-play, good enough for ninth among league leaders in that category. Schenn, who made 54 NHL appearances with Philadelphia last season, shows 11 points (5+6) over his last nine games, a stretch that featured three multi-point performances in a span of four games, including his first career professional hat trick against Manchester on Nov. 14.
UP NEXT: The Amerks head north of the border for the second time in as many weeks to take on the defending Western Conference champion Toronto Marlies in a North Division showdown at Ricoh Coliseum. The 7:00 p.m. matchup will be the fourth of 10 get-togethers between the two teams and can be heard live on Sports 1280 WHTK. The game will also be televised live nationally across Canada on Sportsnet ONE. Toronto has claimed all three meetings with Rochester thus far this season, outscoring the Amerks 10-4.
AMERKS QUICK HITS
- With 51 goals through their last 15 games, the Amerks are currently 13th in the AHL in goals for with 63, 11 shy of Syracuse’s league-leading 74 tallies. Rochester is currently averaging 3.32 goals-per-game, the seventh-most among AHL opponents.
- Rochester’s power-play has been one of the most effective in the league over the last six games as the Amerks have converted on four of their last 26 man-advantage opportunities. The Amerks are tied for ninth in the league with 18 power-play goals and own the ninth-best power-play unit in the AHL with an 18.8% efficiency rate. More impressively, Rochester has scored at least one power-play goal in 12 of the first 19 games this season.
- With 16 points over his last 16 games, Foligno, Rochester’s reigning Rookie of the Year, remains the Amerks' top point-getter with 19 points (6+13) in 19 games this season. The second-year pro currently ranks tied for 18th overall among the AHL’s top scorers, while his 13 assists are also tied for 12th.
- Brennan, who has found the back of the net in four of his last nine games, remains second in scoring among AHL defensemen with 18 points (9+9), while his team-leading nine goals are second most among league rearguards and 16th overall.
- Additionally, four of Brennan’s nine tallies have also come on the power-play, tying him for ninth among league leaders, while also he shares the league lead with two shorthanded goals.
- Despite being held scoreless in his last two games, Brian Flynn enters the weekend tied for fifth among AHL rookies with 16 points (8+8) in 18 games.
- Leggio, who has started five straight and 17 of the last 19 games for the Amerks, leads all AHL netminders in saves (500) and minutes played (1028:23), while his nine wins are third-most among league backstops. He also boasts the third-best shootout record among goaltenders, having stopped nine of 10 shooters for a .889 save percentage.
- Brennan is third in the league with 74 shots on goal.
- Averaging 3.53 penalty minutes per game, Tarnasky is 16th in the AHL with 67 penalty minutes. He also enters play tonight ranking fourth with nine fighting majors, including four in his last 10 games.
- Rochester is 5-5-0-0 on home ice this season and is just one of five teams to remain unbeaten in the shootout.
BRENNAN HALFWAY THERE
With two more goals in Rochester’s 5-2 triumph over Albany on Nov. 23, T.J. Brennan is on pace to shatter Rick Pagnutti’s 40-year-old franchise record for most goals scored by a defenseman in a single-season. Pagnutti set the mark during the 1972-73 campaign, his first in Rochester, when he netted 18 goals en route to a 55-point season, which led all Amerks defensemen and placed him third on the team in overall scoring. Brennan officially reached the halfway point with a pair of shorthanded tallies against the Devils to bring his season total to nine through just 19 games this season. The fourth-year blueliner fell just two short of the record last season, scoring 16 goals in only 52 games with the Amerks.
A ‘FLYNN-TASTIC’ NOVEMBER
Flynn was Rochester’s most productive and consistent player throughout the month of November. After beginning the month with an assist in a 3-2 win over Hamilton on Nov. 2, the Lynnfield, Massachusetts, native put on quite the offensive display that saw the rookie forward record an astounding 15 points on seven goals and eight assists over a career-long nine-game point streak. Flynn’s only scoreless outing in November came in Friday’s 4-1 setback to Toronto, snapping what was the second-longest active point streak and the longest active assist streak in the AHL. More impressively, however, Flynn compiled four multi-point outings during the stretch, including three over his last six appearances that was highlighted by a career-high four-point effort (3+1) on Nov. 23 against Albany as he notched his first career hat trick. Flynn ranked fifth in the AHL in scoring during the month of November, behind only Oklahoma City’s Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall and Houston’s Justin Fontaine. The Amerks are also 4-1-0-0 this season when Flynn scores a goal.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Amerks have seen five of their last 11 games decided by one goal, including three straight one-goal contests to begin the month of November. Rochester is 4-4-1-0 in nine one-goal games this season after finishing the 2011-12 campaign with 42 such outings last season. Of those nine one-goal games, three have been determined in overtime or via the shootout, for a 2-0-1-0 mark.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Amerks are 3-4-1-0 (7 points) this season against North Division rivals, but show a 6-4-1-0 (13 points) mark versus non-divisional foes. The second period has been Rochester’s strong suit thus far as the club has accounted for 25 goals while allowing 20. The Amerks have scored the first goal in 13 of the first 19 games of the campaign and show a 7-4-2-0 record when doing so, including a 4-2-0-0 mark at home. Rochester is also 7-1-1-0 when leading after two periods, a streak that also shows an unblemished 4-0-0-0 mark at home. The Amerks are averaging 32.47 shots per game, the sixth-highest output among league opponents.
Flynn shows 15 points (7+8) through his last 11 games after being held pointless in six of his first seven outings to begin the campaign… McNabb has collected two goals and nine assists in his last 16 appearances… Brennan, who recently had a four-game point streak halted, shows goals in four of his last nine games, including a stretch of three straight games from Nov. 9 to Nov. 14… Rankin has registered 13 points (6+7) over his last 16 games and has only been held scoreless just six times in 18 games this season… Coming off his two-assist game Saturday in Toronto, Foligno has registered 10 points (1+9) in his last 12 games, including eight points (3+5) in his last seven to return to a point-per-game pace… Biega has collected eight points (2+6) over his last 15 games, including at least one in three straight games between Oct. 26 and Nov. 2… Veteran forward Mark Mancari enters the week after notching eight points (2+6) through his last 15 showings, a stretch that features a pair of multi-point outings… Meanwhile, newcomer Rick Schofield also shows seven points (3+4) over the last 15 games and team captain Kevin Porter has tabbed four points (1+3) in his last seven appearances.
Luke Adam made his 100th career AHL appearance last Saturday at Toronto… Roy netted his first professional goal against former Amerk goaltender Jacob Markstrom in Rochester’s 4-2 loss to San Antonio last Wednesday… Schofield skated in his 100th pro game against the Rampage which also represented the 150th pro appearance for defenseman Nick Crawford… Mancari skated in his 500th career AHL game at Hamilton on Nov. 14… Rookie defenseman Jerome Gauthier-Leduc also made his professional debut against the Bulldogs and scored his first pro goal in the 4-1 win… Rookie forward Kevin Sundher notched his first professional point with an assist in a 5-2 win at Syracuse on Nov. 10… Leggio needs another two wins to reach 100 career victories… Foligno and Phil Varone are each seven appearances shy of 100 pro tilts.
Toys for Tots – The Amerks will hold a Toy Drive to benefit U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots this holiday season. The Toy Drive will take place during the next three Amerks home games, beginning Friday, Dec. 7 versus the Adirondack Phantoms. Fans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys by dropping them off in collection bins in front of The Blue Cross Arena Box Office, located in the lower atrium, prior to each of the next three games. The items will then be donated to Toys For Tots. Any fan that donates a new, unwrapped toy at the Box Office will be able to save $5 on the purchase of a best-available lower level ticket for that night’s game.
Eats & Seats – The Distillery “Eats & Seats” promotion returns for another season, where for just $20, fans can purchase one ticket (best-available) and a $10 gift card to The Distillery.
Hockey Night in Rochester – Friday nights are Hockey Night in Rochester, and fans who wear an Amerks or Sabres jersey to a Friday game can purchase a best-available seat for just $17.
Ditch the Dorms – Ditch the Dorms Nights are back this season again on Fridays, where students who present their College ID at The Blue cross Arena Box Office can purchase a best available ticket for just $12.
Amerks Happy Hour – Prior to every Friday night home game this season, there will be an Amerks Happy Hour from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Atrium Bar featuring live music and $2 Molson and Coors Light drafts for fans age 21 and over.