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Amerks back in action tonight against Utica

6-game homestand will wrap up on Friday

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey /

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

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!

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."

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.

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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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