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The points streak is over, but reinforcements have finally arrived.

Micheline V | Rochester Americans

Amerks Games This Week

  • Wednesday - 12/11 - 7:05pm - vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-8-3-1)
  • Friday - 12/13 - 7:30pm - at Laval (15-10-3-0)
  • Saturday - 12/14 - 3:00pm - at Laval (15-10-3-0)

AHL North Division Standings as of December 11th

The Amerks went 2-1-0-0 last week and remain alone in second place in the North Division.

What Happened Last Week?

Record Dec 4-Dec 10: 2-1-0-0

Check out our latest Amerks Review post for details on last week’s performance.

Notable: 38 days and 12 games - that’s how long the Amerks went without a loss in regulation before falling to Charlotte on Saturday night. That’s a heck of a run with a shorthanded roster, including several games featuring 10F+8D.

Also Notable: Back-to-back 4-0 shutouts on Wednesday/Friday, with Hammond and Johansson each earning a goose-egg.

Three Stars

.1. Jonas Johansson - Congrats to YoYo on his first AHL shutout. This must’ve felt especially good for him as there have been several games in the past two seasons in which the team let in a late goal, spoiling his fun.

.2. Andrew Hammond - The other half of the Amerks goaltending tandem had a good week as well, including this great kick-save that went semi-viral...

.3. Casey Fitzgerald - 1+2=3 in 3 games last week - all of them playing as a 4th line forward instead of his standard position at RD. Casey has shown great maturity by filling in where needed in the past few weeks.

Stats Leaders

Look Ahead

Reinforcements have finally arrived for the Amerks as C.J. Smith, Jarrett Burton, and Taylor Leier are all returning from long-term injuries. Wednesday night is expected to be Leier’s first game of the season after recovering from shoulder surgery.

Wednesday night brings the WB/S Penguins into town for their annual visit.

Friday and Saturday will feature back-to-back games at Laval, a team that is having a resurgent season. They sit just one point behind the Amerks in points, although they have played five more games.

Transactions

  • December 7, 2019 - Pasqal Aquin (F) - ⬇️ from Rochester to Cincinnati
  • December 7, 2019 - Brady Vail (F) - ⬇️ from Rochester to Cincinnati (Released from PTO)

Video Room

Game 21 - 12/4/2019 - Home Win vs Toronto

Game 22 - 12/6/2019 - Home Win vs Charlotte

Game 23 - 12/7/2019 - Home Loss vs Charlotte

Injury Report

  • Remi Elie - Lower Body - Day-to-Day. This one is a mystery, as he’s missed multiple weeks at this point.
  • Scott Wilson - Upper Body - Week-to-Week.

Farmville

The Cincinnati Cyclones are 15-6-2-0 in their quest to return to the top of the ECHL and avenge last season’s premature ending. They finished 2018-2019 with the best record in the league but fell to rival Toledo in the second round of the playoffs.

After a slow start, the Cyclones are rolling and are right in the thick of the hunt for the division lead.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (G) is performing great in his return from offseason surgery, with a 7-3-1-0 record, 2 shutouts, 1.81 GAA, and a .928% save percentage. The timetable for his promotion to Rochester remains somewhat unsure, but it’s likely that will come sometime after the new year.

Old Friends

  • Justin Bailey: 9+7=16 in 25 games with AHL Utica
  • Nicholas Baptiste: 3+3=6 in 15 games with AHL Toronto.
  • Kyle Criscuolo: 4+3=7 in 7games with AHL Lehigh Valley
  • Jack Dougherty: 1+4=5 in 23 games with AHL Belleville
  • Brendan Guhle: 1+3=4 in 4 games with AHL San Diego, 1+3=4 in 18 games with NHL Anaheim
  • Hudson Fasching: 7+7=14 in 23 games with AHL Tucson
  • Alexander Nylander: 4+6=10 in 29 games with NHL Chicago
  • Danny O’Regan: 6+12=18 in 25 games with AHL Hartford
  • Matt Tennyson: 0+0=0 in 1 game with AHL Binghamton, 0+3=3 in 19 games with NHL New Jersey
  • Scott Wedgewood: 7-4-1-0, 3.00 GAA, .891 SV% in 14 games with AHL Syracuse