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Amerks host Binghamton Friday looking to extend win streak

Rochester won back-to-back games last weekend

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Fresh off back-to-back wins over Binghamton and Utica, the Rochester Americans will enjoy a bit of a break with just one game on the docket for this weekend.

That game will be a rematch with the Binghamton Devils at home on Saturday. It will be "Night of Play" at Blue Cross Arena, held in partnership with the Strong National Museum of Play. More information on the night - designed for fans of all ages - is available here. 

The Amerks now sit in third place in the North Division at 7-3-1-1, just one point behind division leader Toronto. 

Here's a look back at the past week. 


Game recaps

Oct. 30: Providence 4 - Rochester 3

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C.J. Smith, Sean Malone, and Kevin Porter tallied third-period goals to bring the Amerks within one score, but the comeback fell just short. The loss was Rochester's first on home ice this season. 

Jonas Johansson made his fourth straight appearance in net for the Amerks, stopping 22 of 26 shots. Porter also added an assist for his first multi-point outing of the season.


Nov. 1: Binghamton 2 - Rochester 4

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Casey Nelson scored a pair of goals as part of a three-point outing to send the Amerks to their seventh win in their last eight games against the Devils. Remi Elie returned from a four-game absence to tally a goal and an assist while Jean-Sebastien Dea scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Andrew Hammond stopped 27 of 29 shots.


Nov. 2: Rochester 6 - Utica 0 

Hammond stopped all 28 shots from the Comets for his first shutout of the season. He faced 12 of those shots in the third period with the Amerks nursing a 6-0 lead. 

Tage Thompson matched Dea for the team lead with his fifth goal of the season to go with an assist. Brett Murray, Scott Wilson, Rasmus Asplund, Curtis Lazar, and Jarrett Burton added goals as well. 


News and notes

In need of added depth for their trip to Sweden, the Sabres recalled Hammond and defenseman Lawrence Pilut from Rochester on Sunday. In a corresponding move, the Amerks recalled goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from Cincinnati (ECHL). 

Luukkonen was assigned to the ECHL club last Friday after completing his recovery from offseason hip surgery. He made 25 saves in his season debut with the Cyclones on Saturday.

Update (11/6/19) -  Forward C.J. Smith is week-to-week with an upper-body injury, the team announced.


Scoring leaders

Player GP G A PTS
1. Tage Thompson 12 5 6 11
T-2. Jean-Sebastien Dea 12 5 3 8
T-2. Curtis Lazar 10 3 5 8
T-2. Scott Wilson 12 3 5 8
T-5. Casey Nelson 10 2 5 7
T-5. Zach Redmond 11 1 6 7


Goaltending leaders

Jonas Johansson 6 2 2 1 2.28 .915
Andrew Hammond 8 5 1 1 2.92 .892


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