The Rochester Americans travel to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for a North Division showdown against the Cleveland Monsters on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Amerks will then close out the weekend when they welcome back the Syracuse Crunch back to The Blue Cross Arena on Friday before facing the Toronto Marlies on Saturday.
Beginning with their 3-2 overtime win against Cleveland on Jan. 22, the Amerks are currently riding a five-game winning streak. In each of the five contests, the Amerks have held the opponent to two goals while outscoring them by a combined score of 18-10.
During Rochester's second five-game win streak of the season, the club has used the goaltending trio of Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Jonas Johansson, and Andrew Hammond.
In addition to relying on the goaltending trio, the Amerks have had five different game-winning goal-scorers during that stretch.
|Player ||GP ||G ||A ||PTS |
|1. Jean-Sebastian Dea* ||41 ||13 ||17 ||30 |
|2. Zach Redmond ||42 ||5 ||22 ||27 |
|3. Andrew Oglevie ||38 ||13 ||11 ||24 |
|4. Lawrence Pilut* ||30 ||6 ||16 ||22 |
|Kevin Porter ||34 ||6 ||16 ||22 |
|*Recalled to Buffalo (NHL) |
|Player ||GP ||W ||L ||OTL ||GAA ||SV% ||SO |
|Jonas Johansson* ||20 ||13 ||3 ||3 ||2.19 ||.925 ||2 |
|Andrew Hammond ||25 ||12 ||9 ||2 ||2.62 ||.903 ||4 |
|Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen ||3 ||1 ||1 ||1 ||2.93 ||.905 ||0 |
|*Recalled to Buffalo (NHL) |
Hall of Fame Night recap
Back on Dec. 19, the Rochester Americans announced that the team was inducting forward Domenic Pittis into the Amerks Hall of Fame as the Class of 2020. Pittis was unanimously selected for induction by the Amerks Hall of Fame Committee and took his rightful place in the prestigious club this past Friday when Rochester hosted the Syracuse Crunch at The Blue Cross Arena during their second Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Legends Night of the season.
"When Jody (Gage) gave me the call, you're not expecting it and then you start thinking about all of the great guys you've played with. It's such an honor, so humbling and really tough to put into words," stated the former high-scoring forward just minutes before his official induction into the Amerks Hall of Fame last Friday night.
Officially the 65th member of the exclusive club, Pittis quickly evolved into one of the franchise's most prolific scorers during his three seasons in Rochester, reaching the 20-goal mark twice and recording at least 65 points on all three occasions.
In 204 career games with the Amerks, Pittis produced 246 points, placing him among the top 20 forwards all-time in franchise history, and ranking 17th all-time with 171 assists. He also added 70 points (16+54) in 57 postseason appearances while leading the Amerks to the playoffs in each of his three seasons, including back-to-back trips to the Calder Cup Finals in 1999 and 2000.
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News and notes
The month of February is by far the busiest for the Amerks, who in all, will play a total of 14 games. The highlight of the month is a season-long six-game homestand over a 13-day span that follows a four-game road swing.
Of Rochester's 14 games this month, 11 will be played against North Division opponents with the only exceptions being a two-game road set in Charlotte against the defending Calder Cup champion Checkers and the final meeting of the season against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday, Feb. 21.
Rochester shows a record of 29-7-3-4 since the start of the 2011-12 seasons against Cleveland and a 11-5-1-1 record in their last 18 games against Syracuse, which includes a 5-1-0-0 this season.
Saturday's contest with Toronto will be the 124th all-time meeting between the Amerks and Marlies. The Amerks hold a 50-69-4 lifetime record versus Toronto and have posted a 6-2-1-0 record over the last nine games. In 15 of the last 21 meetings dating back to the 2016-17 season, the team that scored first has gone on to come away with the victory.
Top Takeaways from January
It's a brand-new decade and the Rochester Americans have knocked off another month of regular season play, with five more wins to add to their overall record. In January, the Amerks continued to crunch the competition, finished out the month amongst the top two teams in the North Division and reached the halfway point of the 2019-20 campaign. Another month marked off the calendar and another round of your top 10 takeaways for the Amerks during the month of January.
OH, WE'RE HALFWAY THERE
- The American Hockey League season consists of 76 regular-season games for most of the 31 teams.
- On Jan. 17, the Amerks hit the halfway point in their season with their 38th game coming against the Cleveland Monsters at The Blue Cross Arena. The Wednesday night face-off unfortunately wouldn't end in the Amerks favor, but coincidentally it marked the last loss that Rochester has seen since that mid-January night.
- At the halfway point in the Amerks regular season they were sporting a 21-11-2-3 overall record.
FROM SLIDING TO STREAKING
- Now, most of us would like to think of the number seven as a token of luck, but for the Amerks, that lucky number didn't seem so lucky in the first month of the new decade.
- From Jan. 4 through Jan. 19, Rochester endured a seven-game slide, collecting just two points over that time. Both points came in a pair of shootout losses to the Binghamton Devils and Cleveland Monsters, both of which came on home ice. Since then, however, the Amerks have turned things around considerably, winning each of their last five games to enter the month of February on a five-game win streak and just four points out of first place in the AHL's North Division standings.
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