The Rochester Americans, despite a decent start to the season – have hit a rough skid that has plummetted the Amerks in the standings. They are hoping a busy December will right the ship and get them back into winning ways.
December starts for the Rochester Americans with the Adirondack Phantoms. Tonights contest is the third of four meetings between the two clubs, who have split the previous two. Despite splitting the series thus far, the Amerks are outscoring the Phantoms 7-3 through two games.
When the Rochester offense is scoring – the Amerks don’t have an issue winning. Only one time have they scored three or more goals and not won this season.
T.J. Brennan is inching closer to the 40 year old Amerks record for most goals in a single season by a defensemen. Last year he came two goals short of the record, hitting 16 goals in 52 games.
After playing tonight, the teams will not see each other again until the end of the season, the final game of the four game series occurs on April 6th.
The Amerks need to capitalize against opponents they have had success with – their next matchup is against the Toronto Marlies – the defending Western Conference champions and a tough opponent for the Rochester squad to play against.
One team will be stopping a skid tonight, as the Phantoms also enter into tonight’s tilt on a three game skid. The Phantoms and Amerks records are almost mirror like, with the same number of wins. The Amerks have two additional losses in OT/shootout scenarios, giving them the two point legup. The Phantoms have also played one more game than Rochester.
Despite the busy schedule in December, only two games are televised this month. and they both occur around the busy Christmas time of the season.