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Amerks kick off 2020 with two road games this weekend

With 44 points, Rochester is tied with Utica for 1st place in North Division

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey /

The Rochester Americans show a 15-5-1-1 record over their last 22 games dating back to Nov. 1, earning points in 17 games over that span, and share the top spot in the AHL's North Division standings with Utica going into 2020. 

Additionally, Rochester has picked up points in 22 of the last 29 contests overall, going 18-7-2-2, while also earning 44 out of a possible 64 points through its first 32 contests of the season.

The Amerks head north of the border for their first two games of the New Year beginning on Friday, Jan. 3 when they take on the Belleville Senators at 7 p.m. at CAA Arena. 

The following day, Rochester makes its first trip back to Coca-Cola Coliseum since Game 3 of the Calder Cup Playoffs for another go-around with the Toronto Marlies at 4 p.m. Both games will be carried live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV.

Check out 10 Takeaways from December here.  


Scoring leaders

Player GP G A PTS
1. Jean-Sebastien Dea 30 10 11 21
Zach Redmond 29 5 16 21
3. Lawrence Pilut 27 4 16 20
4. Andrew Oglevie 28 10 9 19
Kevin Porter 28 6 13 19


Goaltending leaders

Andrew Hammond 19 10 6 2 2.35 .911 4
Jonas Johansson 15 10 2 2 2.00 .933 2


News and notes

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: RECAP | Taylor Leier scores both goals as the #Amerks come up short in 3-2 loss to the #CometsRead:

  • Amerks head coach Chris Taylor has clinched the honor of serving as coach of the North Division All-Star team for the upcoming 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport, to be held Jan. 26-27 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. He becomes Rochester's first All-Star coach since John Tortorella in 1997.
  • Currently in his third season as Amerks head coach, Taylor earns his first AHL All-Star coaching selection after guiding Rochester to a 20-7-2-2 record and 44 points in 31 games this season. The Amerks lead the North Division and rank third overall in the American Hockey League with a .710 points percentage and are one of just four teams to reach the 20-win mark.
  • Taylor, who spent the first two months of the 2019-20 season assisting the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff, boasts a 91-66-8 record as Rochester's bench boss while also leading the Amerks to back-to-back playoff appearances.  

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: 📓 3,831 miles. That's exactly how far goaltender Jonas Johansson has traveled from his hometown in pursuit of his dream- playing hockey. @SuzKewl finds out how through the support of his family, he is able to achieve it. READ ������

  • Jean-Sebastien Dea and Zach Redmond lead the team with 21 points each. Dea is tied with Andrew Oglevie for the team lead with 10 goals. 

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: RECAP | Taylor Leier delivered the game-winner with just two seconds remaining in regulation to cap a thrilling 4-3 win over the #BellevilleSens Friday at The Blue Cross ArenaRead: Highlights:

  • Coming off his third three-point outing of the season on Friday, Lawrence Pilut posted his third multi-point game of the season on Friday and has 15 points (3+12) over his last 18 games. Pilut has already matched his goal total from last season and is on pace to set a new career-high in points. His 16 assists are tied with Redmond for the most on the team.

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: Meet our friend, Dylan Baldassare! Dylan is a huge Star Wars fan and faces any challenge put in front of him with a smile. We are honored and lucky to have Dylan as our Honorary Captain! Thank you to our friends at @URMed_GCH for helping us host our new friend. 🥰

  • Andrew Hammond (10-6-2) comes into the New Year ranked second among all netminders with four shutouts on the season after a 5-0 win over Laval on Dec. 14, a new career-high.
  • With four shutouts through just 19 games this season, he's on pace to match the franchise record for most shutouts in a season (8) set by Ryan Miller during the 2004-05 campaign.
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