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Amerks host Comets tonight before hitting the road

Faceoff between Rochester and Utica is set for 7:05 p.m.

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey /

The Rochester Americans (31-18-4-5) open the month of March tonight against the Utica Comets (31-21-3-2) at Blue Cross Arena. 

It will be the second game in seven days and third between the two clubs since Feb. 16. Game time is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start and will be carried live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV.

Rochester has collected at least one point in 19 of the last 25 games against Utica dating back to the start of the 2017-18 campaign, going 13-6-2-3 over that span.

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A PTS
1. Jean-Sebastian Dea 53 15 22 37
2. Zach Redmond 55 5 25 30
T-3 Andrew Oglevie 51 14 14 28
T-3. Sean Malone 54 11 17 28
T-5. C.J. Smith 46 11 13 24
T-5. Brett Murray 52 9 15 24


Goaltending leaders

Andrew Hammond 31 15 11 3 2.53 .908 4
Jonas Johansson* 20 13 3 3 2.19 .925 2
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen 10 3 4 3 3.15 .874 0
*Recalled to Buffalo (NHL)


News and notes

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: Last week's action saw:🔹 Cornel hit a season high of 12 goals 🔹 Swept Laval in this season's series against them🔹 Mittelstadt earned 12 points in 14 gamesWatch @SuzKewl's recap of last week to find out more!

The Amerks come into the week eight points back of the Belleville Senators for the top spot in the AHL's North Division standings with a game in hand on the Senators. Rochester also has a four-point lead on third-place Utica, but the Comets do have a game in hand on Rochester coming into tonight's North Division showdown.

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On the strength of a 16-5-3-5 home record, Rochester is tied with Milwaukee for the second-fewest regulation losses in the AHL and have the fifth-most points on home ice (40). Only the Hartford Wolf Pack have fewer regulation losses at home this season.

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: Today we���re firing up the grill to make some Garbage Plates & spread some cheer for the families at the Ronald McDonald house! 🍽#UnitedWeROC | @RMHCRochester

Casey Mittelstadt has quickly evolved into one of Rochester's most consistent point-getters with 23 points (9+14) in 32 games for Rochester since being reassigned to the Amerks in December from the Buffalo Sabres. 

Mittelstadt has totaled 21 points (9+12) since the turn of the New Year and led all Amerks with 12 points (3+9) in 14 games during the month of February. Over his last nine games, the second-year pro has eight points on one goal and seven assists.

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: Meet our new friend, Owen Shepard!This energetic four-year old is a pro at putting a smile on everyone's face and is our newest Honorary Captain! Thank you so much to @URMed_GCH for introducing us to our new friend 🥰

Following tonight's matchup, the Amerks hit the road for a pair of contests against the North Division-leading Belleville Senators on Friday, Mar. 6 and Saturday, Mar. 7. Both games start at 7:00 p.m. from CAA Arena and will be carried live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV.

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