Rochester Report: Week 13

Coming off a week in which they lost more than they won, a rare occurrence this season, the Amerks were looking to use back-to-back matchups against teams in their division in an effort to continue leading the division. While Belleville is close to Rochester, Binghamton sits in last in their division, and these matchups would help them to continue building on their success as a team.

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

December 27: vs. Belleville (W 4-3)

In the first meeting of the year between these teams, the offense played a prominent role for both sides, with Jordan Murray opening the scoring on the power-play only a few minutes into the game. Zach Redmond (5) responded for the Amerks under two minutes later with a PP goal of his own that tied it at 1 after the opening period.

Scoring in the second began as it ended in the first, when Eric Cornel (6) scored at the 4:14 mark, giving Rochester their first lead of the night. A five-minute period during the second saw Joseph LaBate and Vitaly Abramov score, which put Belleville up 3-2 after forty minutes of play.

While most of the third saw the Amerks earn chances, Lawrence Pilut, with his fourth of the season, tying the game at 12:09, and with only two seconds to go, Taylor Leier (3) scored the game-winner on the power-play, as Rochester won 4-3 on home ice.

The Amerks performed well on the power-play, finished 2-for-5, and Johansson finished the game with 33 saves in net, as they looked to continue the streak tomorrow.

December 28: @ Binghamton (L 2-0)

Similar to past meetings between the Devils and Amerks this season, the defense played a larger role than offense, with no goals scored in the opening period, although the Amerks led 11-8 in shots after one. It wasn’t until halfway through the second when Fabian Zetterlund scored to give Binghamton the lead and would be the only goal through the first two periods. Although Rochester held a slim 24-21 lead in shots, they trailed by one heading into the third, and despite the chances they possessed, Zetterlund scored once again, doubling the lead for Binghamton at 13:16 of the third period, and would be enough to earn the win, as Rochester was shut out on the road after they had shut out the Devils in their prior meeting. Hammond stopped 27 of 29 shots faced in the game and has 10 wins through 18 games played this season.

Despite winning one game this week, Rochester remains the top of their division, with a 20-7-2-2 record, for a total of 44 points through 31 games this season. This upcoming week will see the team play three games on the road, against Utica (42 pts) on New Year’s Eve, then travel to Toronto (41 pts) and Belleville (39 pts) on back-to-back nights. While the Amerks are 3-1 against Utica this year, they fell to the Comets in their last matchup, while Rochester and Toronto split their matchups thus far. After winning last week against Belleville at home, the Amerks will face the Senators for the second time in as many weeks on the road. With their previous success against these opponents, a strong week will grow their current North division lead.

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
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