Another successful weekend has the Rochester Americans currently in third place in the AHL's North Division standings, just six points back of the first-place Toronto Marlies, but hold a higher winning percentage than second-place Laval. Rochester took three out of a four possible points on the weekend during its two-game set with the Belleville Senators and has collected 12 of 16 dating back to Oct. 25.
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News and Notes
The Amerks are 4-0-1-1 on the road this season coming off their 5-4 overtime loss in Belleville on Saturday. They join the Tucson Roadrunners as the only two teams that have yet to lose in regulation on the road.
Kyle Criscuolo (5+6) and C.J. Smith (2+9) remain tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 points each through the first 13 games of the season. Smith also paces all Rochester skaters and is tied for third amongst all AHL rookies with nine assists, six of which have come on the power-play.
Smith, who despite seeing his season-long five-game assist streak come to an end Saturday in Belleville, is tied for fifth among all first-year skaters in overall scoring and leads the circuit with seven power-play points.
Coming off his two-goal outing Saturday in Belleville, Sahir Gill has moved atop the team's goal-scoring leaders with six on the season, matching the career-high he set last year in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Gill reached the six-goal mark in 31 fewer games and has already recorded half his total offensive output from the 2016-17 campaign through just 13 appearances this season for Rochester. He also shares the team lead with two power-play tallies.
Brendan Guhle remains Rochester's top-scoring blueliner and enters the week tied for the league lead in scoring among all AHL rookie defensemen with nine points (2+7), all of which have come in his last nine games. He's been held scoreless just twice over that span.
After leading the AHL in saves and minutes played last season, reigning MVP Linus Ullmark has picked up right where he left off a year ago. The former Swedish Goaltender of the Year has won five of his last six starts dating back to Oct. 25, including a season-high 44-save effort in a 4-3 shootout win at Utica on Nov. 1. He leads all netminders with two shootout wins and currently ranks third with 274 saves.
Friday: RCH 4 - BEL 2
The Amerks made their first-ever trip to Yardmen Arena and doubled up the Belleville Senators in the inaugural meeting between the new North Division rivals Friday night. With the 4-2 victory, the Amerks have earned nine out of a possible 10 points in their first five road games, improving to 4-0-0-1 to begin the 2017-18 season.
Forward Hudson Fasching (1+1) and defenseman Stuart Percy (0+2) each recorded their first multi-point efforts of the season as they led the Amerks offense.
Kyle Criscuolo, Kevin Porter and Colin Blackwell rounded out the scoring for the visitors while Linus Ullmark pulled within one win of tying for the most wins in the AHL this season as he made 38 saves on 40 shots. The Swedish goaltender shows a record of 6-3-1 in 10 appearances this season and has earned the win in five of his last six decisions.
The B-Sens were paced by Max Reinhart and Gabriel Gagne as each found the back of the net while Danny Taylor drew the nod in the blue paint for the eighth time this season. Despite making 26 saves, the Plymouth, England, native suffered his second-straight loss.
Saturday: RCH 4 - BEL 5 (OT)
After 40 minutes of play, it appeared the Amerks were going to complete the two-game sweep over Belleville, but the host scored three unanswered goals to complete the 5-4 comeback in overtime Saturday night at Yardmen Arena.
Despite the loss, the Amerks have earned 10 out of a possible 12 points in their first six road games while showing a record of 4-0-1-1 to begin the 2017-18 season.
Forwards Sahir Gill (2+0) and Kevin Porter (0+2) paced the Rochester offense with multi-point efforts while Steve Moses and Dalton Smith capped off the scoring. In his sixth appearance of the campaign, Adam Wilcox faced a season-high 40 shots but took the loss.
Belleville was led by rookie forward Jordan Murray's first-career three-point performance (2+1) while Max McCormick and Francis Perron each turned in multi-point (1+1) nights in the overtime win. First-year defenseman Thomas Chabot opened the scoring in the contest as goaltender Andrew Hammond finished the night with 19 saves to improve his record to 4-2-1.
Military Appreciation Night set for Friday
The Amerks and Veterans Outreach Center have once again partnered to host Military Appreciation Night on Friday, Nov. 17 when the Amerks face the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.
The team is offering all United States Military Veterans, Retired, Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard service members one complimentary ticket to the game with additional tickets available for as low as just $12.
In addition, the team is offering a T-shirt and ticket package for just $30 that includes a one-of-a-kind "Military Appreciation" shirt and a best-available ticket while $2 from each package sold will be donated to Veterans Outreach Center. Those interested in taking advantage of this special offer can do so by visiting Amerks.com/Military or by calling 1-855-GO-AMERKS.
Amerks military-themed dog tags will also be given away to the first 5,000 fans in attendance.
Amerks players will wear special Military-themed jerseys along with matching socks as a tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase the jerseys through a silent auction held during the game on the upper concourse of The Blue Cross Arena. Following the game, the winners of the auction will be able to take the ice and be presented with a "jersey off the back" from the Amerks players.
Proceeds from the jersey auction, as well as from the sale of special Military Appreciation Night Mystery Pucks, will be donated to Veterans Outreach Center.
1. Kyle Criscuolo: 5G - 6A - 11 PTS
C.J. Smith: 2G - 9A - 11 PTS
3. Sahir Gill: 6G - 3A - 9 PTS
Kevin Porter: 4G - 5A - 9 PTS
Brendan Guhle: 2G - 7A - 9 PTS
1. Linus Ullmark: 6-3-0; 3.03 GAA; .913 SV%
2. Adam Wilcox: 1-1-1; 3.18 GAA; .892 SV%