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Amerks homestand continues on Wednesday against Belleville

Rochester sits 7 points behind Senators for top spot in division

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Rochester Americans continue their season-long six-game homestand this week beginning on Wednesday with the first-place Belleville Senators visiting Blue Cross Arena at 7:05 p.m. 

Following Wednesday night's matchup, the Amerks close out their season-series with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday, Feb. 21 before concluding the week by welcoming the Cleveland Monsters to the Flower City on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The Amerks have claimed at least one point in 10 of the first 15 meetings with the Senators dating back to the 2017-18 season while showing a 6-7-1-1 record in the last 15 meetings versus the Phantoms dating back to the 2015-16 campaign.

Rochester holds a record of 30-7-3-4 over Cleveland since the start of the 2011-12 slate and has earned a point in all six games so far this season (4-0-1-1).

The Amerks are sevent points back of the Belleville Senators for the top spot in the AHL's North Division standings and have a three-point lead on the Utica Comets. Rochester, however, has a game in hand on the Comets.

 

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A PTS
1. Jean-Sebastian Dea 47 14 19 33
2. Zach Redmond 49 5 24 29
3. Sean Malone 48 10 16 26
4. Andrew Oglevie 45 13 12 25
5. Brett Murray 46 8 14 22
T-5. Lawrence Pilut 33 6 16 22

 

Goaltending leaders

Player GP W L OTL GAA SV% SO
Andrew Hammond 28 13 11 2 2.59 .905 4
Jonas Johansson* 20 13 3 3 2.19 .925 2
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen 7 3 3 1 3.22 .887 0
*Recalled to Buffalo (NHL)

 

News and notes

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The Amerks need just one more win to reach the 30-win mark for the fourth consecutive season and third straight under head coach Chris Taylor. 

With the team's next win, Taylor will become the first Amerks head coach since Randy Cunneyworth, the all-time winningest coach in franchise history, to lead his team to 30 or more wins in each of his first three seasons behind the bench.

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Casey Mittelstadt has piled up 18 points (7+11) in 26 games for Rochester, including 16 points (7+9) since the turn of the calendar year. He has seven points (1+6) in his first eight games of February and has not gone more than two games without a point since opening the 2020 calendar year on a season-long four-game point streak (3+1).

A point against Belleville on Wednesday would Mittelstadt, who's currently riding a four-game assist streak, his first five-game point streak of the season.

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The Rochester Americans have once again teamed up with Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) to host Donate Life Night on Friday, Feb. 21 when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at The Blue Cross Arena.

This marks the eighth year in a row the Amerks have partnered with FLDRN to raise awareness for organ donation.

Click here for more details.

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