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Amerks back in action tonight against Utica

6-game homestand will wrap up on Friday

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Rochester Americans (30-17-4-4) play their fifth game of a season-long six-game homestand tonight as they welcome the North Division rival Utica Comets (29-20-3-2) back to The Blue Cross Arena. 

Tonight's 7:05 p.m. contest will be the second meeting in 10 days between the intrastate rivals after the Amerks earned a 3-2 win back on Feb. 16. All of tonight's action will be carried live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV.

 

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A PTS
1. Jean-Sebastian Dea 50 15 21 36
2. Zach Redmond 52 5 25 30
3. Sean Malone 51 11 16 27
4. Andrew Oglevie 48 13 13 26
5. Brett Murray 49 9 14 23
T-5. Lawrence Pilut 36 6 17 23

 

Goaltending leaders

Player GP W L OTL GAA SV% SO
Andrew Hammond 29 14 11 2 2.57 .906 4
Jonas Johansson* 20 13 3 3 2.19 .925 2
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen 9 3 3 3 3.16 .876 0
*Recalled to Buffalo (NHL)

 

News and notes

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: Last week saw lots of OT and some BIG moments for rookie Jacob Bryson 🙌 Catch up on all the latest news with @SuzKewl! pic.twitter.com/KYTU0MN9NP

Jacob Bryson is sixth among all first-year defensemen with a plus-11 on-ice rating. Bryson, who scored his first pro goal on Wednesday and had the overtime game-winner Saturday night, is also tied for ninth among all rookie blueliners with 21 points (2+19) in 54 games while his 19 assists are eighth-most.

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: 🎥 Taylor Leier: "Every game is big and every point matters. Right now we're only focused on Utica, we'll deal with the Friday and Saturday games this weekend." pic.twitter.com/LeE6EGzRtW

The Amerks needed overtime for the third consecutive game this past Saturday, but it was the Cleveland Monsters picking up the extra point, scoring just 1:35 into the extra frame to steal a 3-2 win.

Taylor Leier scored his eighth goal of the slate - and third in six games - while Brett Murray added his ninth goal for the Amerks. Lawrence Pilut earned his 100th AHL career assist a night after appearing in his 300th pro game while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made his fifth start in the last six games but suffered the overtime loss.

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: It���s time for one of our favorite events, our annual Ball Hockey game at @HolyChildhood! In net for his 1������st time: @jarrettburton90 pic.twitter.com/ylcBS6cs5X

Rochester has collected at least one point in 18 of the last 24 games against Utica dating back to the start of the 2017-18 campaign, going 13-6-2-3 over that span.

Rochester's homestand concludes on Friday, Feb. 28 when they host the North Division rival Laval Rocket at The Blue Cross Arena. 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.

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