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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 / Amerks.com

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

Player GP W L OTL GAA SV% SO
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! pic.twitter.com/jwBtB3z7RE

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.

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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 🥰 pic.twitter.com/XowzK1EQTD

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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