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.
|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 |
|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
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.
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.
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.
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.