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Amerks host Hershey on Wednesday

Thompson continues to lead team with 6 points in 6 games

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

The Rochester Americans picked up a point last weekend and are back at it with a home game on Wednesday against the Hershey Bears. 

The oldest rivalry in the American Hockey League will be renewed at Blue Cross Arena for a 7:05 p.m. contest. The game will mark will be the 457th all-time meeting between the league's two oldest teams and will be carried live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV. For tickets, visit Amerks.com.

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A PTS
1. Tage Thompson 6 3 3 6
2. Zach Redmond 5 1 4 5
3. Scott Wilson 6 1 3 4
4. Jean-Sebastien Dea 6 2 1 3

 

Goaltending leaders

Player GP W L OTL GAA SV%
Andrew Hammond 5 3 1 1 2.95 .888
Jonas Johansson 2 0 1 0 2.74 .903

 

Fitzgerald brothers faced off

From Amerks.com's feature story last week, when defenseman Casey Fitzgerald faced his brother on Saturday…

With more than 8,000 sports in the entire world, what makes sibling matchups seem unique is the rarity in which they occur, like the one that happened this past Saturday night when the Rochester Americans visited the Providence Bruins.

Casey and Ryan Fitzgerald are two years apart in age and come from a family that has had hockey injected into their veins since birth. Their dad, Tom Fitzgerald, played over 1,000 NHL games in his professional career and remains heavily involved in the game to this day. As the current assistant general manager and assistant coach of the New Jersey Devils, there's no question as to why Tom's oldest two kids dove into hockey the way that they did.

Growing up, early mornings consisted of dad's 6:00 a.m. practices that turned into long days at the rink. Time spent at the rink soon turned into watching their father's skillset, applying it to their own and falling in love with the game that they seemed destined to grow up and play.

After so many years of watching their father on the ice, it's no surprise Ryan wanting to emulate his dad's path starting at a very young age.

"I think for our situation growing up, most kids probably look at their dad and their family members and that's kind of the path that they want to emulate. For us, it was hockey and that's because that was pretty much all we had growing up."

Luckily for both boys, they were able to carve out their own path to professional hockey, like that of their father.

Now at the age of 22, Casey Fitzgerald finds himself as an up-and-coming prospect in the Buffalo Sabres organization. Casey landed himself a spot on the Amerks roster to begin the 2019-20 season, his first in pro hockey, and has seen time in most of the games for Rochester. One of those games included a face-off between he and Ryan just last weekend, the first between the pair in their entire lifetime.

When the puck dropped, it was an all-out competition, but Casey admitted just how fun it can be when facing off against your own family.

"We take it seriously, obviously. We're trying to win, both of us. But yeah, we're very competitive as well. We were kind of matched up against each other a little bit all night. I was right D and he was left wing, so I saw him a lot. He was giving me a couple of shots and we were going back and forth there a little. It was all fun, but we're both competitive and we both were trying to win."


Game recaps

Oct. 18: Monsters 4 - Amerks 3 (SO)

Watch: Youtube Video

Jean-Sebastian Dea and Scott Wilson led the Rochester Americans (3-1-0-1) to a shootout as they each scored a goal with an assist, but a three-goal second-period for the Amerks wasn't enough as the home team came away with a point in a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Monsters (3-2-0-0) Friday at The Blue Cross Arena.

While Dea and Wilson each recorded their first multi-point outing of the campaign, Dalton Smith was credited with his first goal of the season in the second period for Rochester, which has earned seven out of a possible 10 points to start the season. Amerks netminder Andrew Hammond (3-0-1) made 16 saves in his fourth appearance of the campaign.

 

Oct. 19: Amerks 1 - Comets 7

After falling behind in a three-goal deficit to the Utica Comets (5-0-0-0) during the first period, the Rochester Americans (3-2-0-1) were never able to recover as they fell 7-1 Saturday night at the Adirondack Bank Center.

Tage Thompson provided the lone goal of the night for the Amerks with his third of the season from Sean Malone and Brett Murray, who made his pro debut tonight for Rochester. 

Netminder Andrew Hammond (3-1-1) made his fifth appearance of the campaign in the crease, making 24 saves before being replaced by Jonas Johansson with 6:43 remaining in the third period.

The Comets racked up their fifth straight win to start the season, joining the Toronto Marlies as the only two North Division teams to remain unbeaten.

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