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Amerks look to rebound against Toronto

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

The Rochester Americans will look to rebound from back-to-back losses at St. John's over the weekend when they visit the Toronto Marlies on Tuesday night. The Amerks are on a four-game losing streak overall after scoring just one goal in their two games against the IceCaps. 

The game will be as a good a chance as any to break the drought; Rochester is 6-1-0-1 against Toronto this season with two matchups remaining between the two teams. 

Before we look ahead to tonight, here's a look back at the weekend series with St. John's:


Friday: RCH 1 - STJ 3

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Jean Dupuy scored the only goal for Rochester with 5:45 remaining in the second period, but by that point the score was already 3-1 in favor of St. John's. The Amerks would do no further damage despite finishing with a 32-27 advantage in shots.

Dupuy's goal was his third of the season, and it came unassisted after he picked up a loose puck near the net off an offensive-zone faceoff. 

Linus Ullmark made 24 saves and allowed all three goals in net for the Amerks.


Saturday: RCH 0 - STJ 2

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The Amerks allowed two goals in the first period, including one on the power play, and went 0-for-3 with the man advantage themselves as they were unable to solve St. John's goalie Charlie Lindgren, who made 25 saves in the shutout effort. 

Ullmark made 27 saves on 29 shots. 


Amerks sign Kile for 2017-18

The Amerks announced on Monday they had signed forward Alex Kile to an AHL contract for the 2017-18 season. Kile will play with Rochester for the remainder of this season on an amateur tryout (ATO). 

From the press release:

Kile, 22, recently completed a four-year collegiate career at the University of Michigan (Big-10), recording 14 points (7+7) and 21 penalty minutes in 28 games this season while serving as team captain for the Wolverines.

During the 2015-16 season, the 6-foot-0, 193-pound forward helped Michigan capture its first Big-10 Tournament Championship in school history. As a junior, he had a breakout season, establishing career-highs in every offensive category, including goals (16), assists (18), and points (34) while finishing fourth among all Michigan skaters in overall scoring.

The Troy, Mich. native, finished his four-year career at the University of Michigan with 80 points (40+40) and 78 penalty minutes in 130 games with the Wolverines.


Scoring leaders

1. Cole Schneider 19G - 30A - 49 points
2. Mat Bodie 10G - 23A - 33 points 
3. Nicholas Baptiste 20G - 12A - 32 points
4. Justin Bailey 19G - 10A - 29 points*
5. Evan Rodrigues 9G - 18A - 27 points*


Goaltending leaders

1. Linus Ullmark 22-25-2, 2.88 GAA, .908 SV%
2. John Muse 2-8-0, 3.37 GAA, .901 SV%


Coming up this week

Following their game in Toronto on Tuesday, the Amerks will play three games in three days this weekend, including home games against the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday and Sunday. Sandwiched between those games is a visit to Binghamton, where they'll play the Senators on Saturday night.

Amerks and Sabres alumnus Martin Biron will be on hand to sign autographs at Blue Cross Arena prior to the the game on Friday. For tickets and more information, click here.

The game on Sunday, meanwhile, will double as Pucks & Paws Night at Blue Cross Arena. Dogs are welcome to attend the game for $5, with proceeds benefitting Lollypop Farm. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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