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Amerks prep for final 3-in-3 of the season this weekend

Luukkonen recalled from Cincinnati

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey /

Rochester embarks on its final three-in-three of the season beginning on Friday, Jan. 17 as they welcome the Cleveland Monsters back for a North Division showdown at The Blue Cross Arena at 7:05 p.m.

The Amerks will then close out the weekend with back-to-back matchups in Pennsylvania against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday at the PPL Center before renewing their longstanding rivalry on Sunday with the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center.

Rochester shows a record of 28-7-3-3 since the start of the 2011-12 seasons against Cleveland and a 30-29-7 record all-time record versus Lehigh Valley. Sunday's contest with Hershey will be the 460th all-time meeting between the AHL's two oldest teams.

The Amerks hold a 192-213-54 record all-time versus the Bears and have earned seven out of a possible 10 points in the five games dating back to the 2017-18 season.


Scoring leaders

Player GP G A PTS
1. Jean-Sebastien Dea 35 12 14 26
2. Zach Redmond 34 5 19 24
3. Kevin Porter 33 6 15 21
Lawrence Pilut* 29 5 16 21
5. Andrew Oglevie 30 10 10 20
*Recalled to Buffalo


Goaltending leaders

Jonas Johansson 18 11 3 3 2.23 .924 2
Andrew Hammond 22 10 8 2 2.61 .902 4


News and notes

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: 🎥 Casey Mittelstadt on the AHL:"It's a lot different. I think it took me 3-4 games to get used to it and get adjusted. I'm feeling better now, but it's definitely a different game."

Jean-Sebastien Dea leads the team in both goals (12) and points (26) in 35 games this season. Dea, who is also second among all Amerks forwards with 70 shots, has eight points (2+6) in his last 11 games.

Rookie forward Brett Murray comes into the week with three goals, seven assists and a pair of multi-point efforts over his last 20 games. He's currently tied for 20th in scoring among all AHL rookies with 17 points (5+12) in 32 games.

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: 🎥 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen:"This will be a good measurement for where I'm at and where I need to improve. I'm really excited to get to play here."

The Amerks recalled goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from the Cincinnati Cyclones Sunday morning. 

Luukkonen, 20, returns to Rochester for the second recall of the season after posting a 12-5-3 record in 20 games with the Cyclones.

The 20-year-old rookie netminder ranks third among all ECHL goaltenders with a 2.12 goals-against average and is 12th in the league with a .917 save percentage while also being tied for second with three shutouts.

The Espoo, Finland native was named to the upcoming 2020 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic, scheduled for later this month, to represent the Cyclones. Luukkonen was also honored by the league as the Warrior Hockey/ECHL Goaltender of the Month for November.

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