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Chris Taylor has resumed head coaching duties and will be behind the bench this weekend

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

Chris Taylor resumed head coaching duties of the Amerks on Monday, making his return to Rochester after spending the previous two months with the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff. 

Taylor filled in for Sabres assistant coach Don Granato, who was forced to take an extended medical leave while he recovered from pneumonia-related complications. Amerks assistant coach Gord Dineen took over in the interim, leading the Amerks to a 12-3-1-2 record, including the team's recent five-game win streak.

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Rochester enters the week riding a season-long eight-game point streak (7-0-0-1), the longest active streak in the Eastern Conference, and have won eight of its last 10 games, with seven wins coming against North Division opponents. 

Coming off Saturday's come-from-behind win at Binghamton, the Amerks have earned points in 13 of their last 15 contests, going 10-2-1-2 over that span, putting them two points behind the Toronto Marlies for the top spot in the AHL's North Division going into Friday's showdown.

 

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A PTS
1. Jean-Sebastien Dea* 18 7 6 13
2. Tage Thompson* 16 6 6 12
Andrew Oglevie 18 6 6 12
Scott Wilson 16 5 7 12
Zach Redmond 15 2 10 12
*On recall with Buffalo

 

Goaltending leaders

Player GP W L OTL GAA SV%
Andrew Hammond 10 7 1 1 2.63 .902
Jonas Johansson 10 5 2 2 2.35 .916

 

News and notes

  • With Jean-Sebastien Dea and Tage Thompson both on recall with the Sabres, the Amerks are currently without the services of their top two point-getters. 
  • However, the Amerks come into the week owning three of the AHL's top point-producing defensemen in Zach Redmond, Casey Nelson and Lawrence Pilut, all of whom have been mainstays on Rochester's blueline this season.
  • And after being reassigned by the Sabres this past Saturday, defenseman John Gilmour made an immediate impact on the scoresheet in his Amerks debut, earnomg the secondary assist on Eric Cornel's game-winning goal during the second period that night. 
  • With the addition of Gilmour, who last season led the Harford Wolf Pack with a career-high 34 assists and 54 points in 70 games, the Amerks now have two of the AHL's top three point-producing defensemen from last season on the same blueline. Gilmour's 54 points were four better than Redmond's while Redmond led all AHL blueliners with a franchise-record 21 goals.

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: RECAP | @andrewhammond30 picked up his second shutout of the month, #TwitterLessReds had three assists and @smiltztwo3 scored twice in 4-0 win over Hartford.Read: https://t.co/VQ8zXIptzfGame Highlights: https://t.co/9kWKxBdCM1#UnitedWeRoc pic.twitter.com/O3qps0RUik

  • With six assists in the last five games, first-year forward Brett Murray is tied for 10th in scoring among all AHL rookies with 11 points (2+9) in 13 games. 

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: RECAP | With three unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes of regulation, the #Amerks doubled up the #BingDevils, 4-2.Read: https://t.co/YR3v68r4Vg#UnitedWeROC pic.twitter.com/iDe0W4DPp4

  • Goaltender Andrew Hammond (7-1-1) is tied for fifth among all netminders with seven wins on the season. In his last five starts, he has posted a four straight wins, two shutouts, a 1.25 goals-against average and a .954 save percentage. 
  • His counterpart, Jonas Johansson, also boasts a three-game win streak and recently set a new AHL career-high with his fifth win of the season Saturday in Binghamton.

Tweet from @AmerksHockey: NEWS | The @BuffaloSabres have acquired defenseman Matthew Spencer (@matt_spencer27 ) from the @TBLightning in exchange for Devante Stephens.Spencer has been assigned to the @CincyCyclones .Read: https://t.co/2RgUjBBlBp pic.twitter.com/W1vXS5m8wd

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