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AMERKS UPDATE: 12/6/07

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Mark Mancari
The Rochester Americans are preparing for their second meeting with the Toronto Marlies this season. Suffering a 4-1 loss to the North Division leaders Oct. 6, the Amerks look to even the score Friday night at Blue Cross Arena. The Marlies (14-4-0-3) have 31 points in the standings, eight points ahead of Rochester’s 23 points (10-11-1-2). The Amerks also face off against the Binghamton Senators (11-8-2-1) this week at home. 


MACARTHUR RETURNS:
Amerks winger Clarke MacArthur made his return to Rochester’s lineup this week. The 22-year-old spent 10 games with the Sabres, adding three goals and an assist during the recall, including a game-winning goal in overtime against the Boston Bruins (Nov. 7). In his first game back with the Amerks, MacArthur recorded two penalty minutes and a shot against Providence. He is second on the Americans with 18 points (8+10) in 15 games.

MANCARI TOP SCORER:
MacArthur may be back in Rochester, but he will have to fight to regain the scoring lead on the team. Mark Mancari collected two goals and an assist last week in the Amerks 3-1 win against the Manchester Monarchs, putting him first on the squad in scoring with 21 points. He is currently 12th in the AHL with assists, 17 helpers in 24 games, and ranks 10th in the league in power-play assists with 10 registered.

FUNK FEELING FINE:
Rochester blueliner Mike Funk made his return to the lineup as well this week, fully recovered from a groin injury that has kept him off the ice since Nov. 2, missing nine games. Funk recorded two penalty minutes in his first game back. He has three points (0+3) and 15 penalty minutes on the year.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION
Dec. 7 Toronto Marlies 7:35 p.m. Blue Cross Arena
Dec. 9 Binghamton Senators 6:05 p.m. Blue Cross Arena

TOP SABRES' SCORERS ON AMERKS:

#

NAME

P

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

26

Mark Mancari

RW

24

4

17

21

-5

13

41

Clarke MacArthur

LW

15

8

10

18

-3

10

19

Dylan Hunter

LW

23

7

9

16

-4

12

23

Marek Zagrapan

C

23

8

7

15

-11

16

21

Marc-Andre Gragnani

D

24

1

9

10

-21

14

GOALTENDING:

#

NAME

GP

MIN

GA

SO

AVG

W

L

SOL

SA

SV

S%

53

Adam Dennis

16

909

48

1

3.17

9

6

1

483

435

0.901


ROCHESTER CLIPS:

Amerks.com: Amerks to Spend Week at Home
Democrat & Chronicle: Amerks Defeat Manchester
Democrat & Chronicle: Amerks Lose to Providence
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