Rochester Report: Week 10

After winning their last game against Cleveland, the Amerks headed into a stretch where the team plays four straight at home, which included back-to-back nights against the Charlotte Checkers. However, they would kick off the week against Toronto on Wednesday in an effort to surpass them in the division standings as they look to take advantage of this current homestand.

#Top ScorersGPGoalsAssistsPoints
39J.S. Dea57152439
17Sean Malone58121830
22Zach Redmond5952530
15Andrew Oglevie55151429
19C.J. Smith50121527

December 4: vs. Toronto (W 4-0)

The Amerks kicked off their five-game homestand with a matchup against Toronto with the hope of building momentum. Zach Redmond (3) opened the scoring just over a minute into the game on the power play.

Pascal Aquin, with his first of the year, doubled Rochester’s lead a couple minutes later, as the opening period ended with a two-goal lead and an over 2:1 edge in shots (13-6). After being sent down from the Sabres, Curtis Lazar (5) increased the Amerks’ lead to three at the 12:23 mark of the second, as they continued to earn ample scoring opportunities.

Casey Fitzgerald (2) scored the fourth and final goal of the game early in the third period, as they finished the game with a 31-20 shots advantage, as they earned a 4-0 shutout win over Toronto. Andrew Hammond stopped all 20 shots against the Marlies for his third shutout of the season, as the team prepares to host Charlotte in upcoming back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday night.

December 6: vs. Charlotte (W 4-0)

Fresh off a shutout win in their last game, Rochester continued to produce offensively, with Sean Malone (5) scoring the lone goal of the first period with over three minutes remaining.

The second period, however, would provide different results, as Kevin Porter (6), Brady Vail (1) and Eric Cornel (4) would give the Amerks a 4-0 lead for the second consecutive game. Despite the score, the shot totals were close throughout, with both teams earning 20 shots on goal after two periods of play. No goals were scored in the third, as the Amerks earned their second consecutive shutout in as many games, winning 4-0 over the Checkers in their first of two meetings.

Jonas Johansson, the first star of the game, made 26 saves for his first career AHL shutout.

December 7: vs. Charlotte (L 3-1)

After earning shutouts in two straight games, the Amerks allowed their first goal in three games, when Julien Gauthier scored the first of two power-play goals in the period at the 7:27 mark. With a few minutes remaining in the first, Morgan Geekie scored to give Charlotte a two-goal lead at the first intermission. Although it took almost two full periods for Rochester to get on the board, Jean-Sebastian Dea (8) scored with under four minutes to go in the second, cutting their deficit in half.

While this game was a back-and-forth affair throughout, Max McCormick scored an empty netter with 1:03 to go in regulation that sealed the deal for a 3-1 Charlotte win. In his second regulation loss on the season, Andrew Hammond made 27 saves on 29 shots faced.

Earning two wins in three games represents another strong week for Rochester, as they now stand with 15 wins and 34 points in 23 games played. Their homestand will conclude Wednesday when they host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30 pts) before traveling to Laval, Quebec for two games against the Rocket (31 pts), who sit directly behind Rochester in their division. As they currently trail Toronto by three points for the division lead, looking to bounce back from this loss at home.

10/04/19vs. Syracuse CrunchW 3-2 (OT)
10/11/19@ Springfield ThunderbirdsW 2-1
10/12/19@ Providence BruinsL 3-2
10/13/19@ Hartford Wolf PackW 3-2 (SO)
10/18/19vs. Cleveland MonstersL 4-3 (SO)
10/19/19@ Utica CometsL 7-1
10/23/19vs. Hershey BearsW 5-1
10/26/19@ Syracuse CrunchW 7-6 (OT)
10/27/19@ Springfield ThunderbirdsL 2-1 (OT)
10/30/19vs. Providence BruinsL 4-3
11/01/19vs. Binghamton DevilsW 4-2
11/02/19@ Utica CometsW 6-0
11/08/19vs. Binghamton DevilsL 4-3 (SO)
11/13/19vs. Syracuse CrunchW 4-3
11/15/19vs. Cleveland MonstersW 4-3 (OT)
11/16/19@ Utica CometsW 4-3
11/22/19vs. Hartford Wolf PackW 4-0
11/23/19@ Binghamton DevilsW 4-2
11/29/19vs. Toronto MarliesL 3-2 (OT)
11/30/19@ Cleveland MonstersW 3-2
12/04/19vs. Toronto MarliesW 4-0
12/06/19vs. Charlotte CheckersW 4-0
12/07/19vs. Charlotte CheckersL 3-1
12/11/19vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsW 4-2
12/13/19@ Laval RocketW 3-2
12/14/19@ Laval RocketW 5-0
12/18/19@ Binghamton DevilsL 2-1
12/20/19vs. Binghamton DevilsW 3-0
12/21/19vs. Utica CometsW 4-3
12/27/19vs. Belleville SenatorsW 4-3
12/28/19@ Binghamton DevilsL 2-0
12/31/19@ Utica CometsL 3-2
01/03/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 4-3 (OT)
01/04/20@ Toronto MarliesL 5-2
01/08/20vs. Binghamton DevilsL 4-3 (SO)
01/10/20vs. Belleville SenatorsL 5-1
01/11/20@ Syracuse CrunchL 5-4
01/17/20vs. Cleveland MonstersL 4-3 (SO)
01/18/20@ Lehigh Valley PhantomsL 4-0
01/19/20@ Hershey BearsL 4-1
01/22/20@ Cleveland MonstersW 3-2 (OT)
01/24/20vs. Laval RocketW 5-2
01/25/20@ Syracuse CrunchW 3-2
01/31/20vs. Syracuse CrunchW 4-2
02/01/20@ Binghamton DevilsW 3-2
02/05/20@ Cleveland MonstersW 4-2
02/07/20vs. Syracuse CrunchL 5-2
02/08/20@ Toronto MarliesL 4-0
02/11/20@ Charlotte CheckersL 4-2
02/12/20@ Charlotte CheckersL 5-2
02/15/20@ Syracuse CrunchW 4-3 (SO)
02/16/20vs. Utica CometsW 3-2
02/19/20vs. Belleville SenatorsL 3-2 (OT)
02/21/20vs. Lehigh Valley PhantomsW 3-2 (OT)
02/22/20vs. Cleveland MonstersL 3-2 (OT)
02/26/20vs. Utica CometsL 3-2 (SO)
02/28/20vs. Laval RocketW 4-2
02/29/20@ Syracuse CrunchL 4-2
03/04/20vs. Utica CometsL 3-1
03/06/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 5-3
03/07/20@ Belleville SenatorsW 4-2
03/11/20vs. Binghamton DevilsL 5-2
03/13/20vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
03/15/20@ Cleveland Monsters3:00 PM
03/17/20@ Toronto Marlies1:30 PM
03/20/20vs. Springfield Thunderbirds7:05 PM
03/21/20vs. Springfield Thunderbirds7:05 PM
03/25/20vs. Toronto Marlies7:05 PM
03/28/20@ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins7:05 PM
03/29/20@ Bridgeport Sound Tigers3:00 PM
04/01/20vs. Utica Comets7:05 PM
04/03/20vs. Syracuse Crunch7:05 PM
04/04/20@ Syracuse Crunch7:00 PM
04/08/20@ Utica Comets7:00 PM
04/10/20vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers7:05 PM
04/11/20@ Binghamton Devils7:05 PM
Robert Janish, Jr.
Robert Janish, Jr.
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