While we are just hours away from the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens facing off for a 2PM game, the Rochester Americans also skate tonight against the Syracuse Crunch.
After a big win last night over the Toronto Marlies, the Rochester American look to keep the ball rolling against their I-90 cross state rivals. The Amerks are on a four game winnin streak – and hope their successes against Syracuse brings that number to five.
This will be the sixth of ten meetings between these two clubs, and so far the Rochester Americans have won four of the five meetings with Syracuse.
If your looking to keep watching hockey after the Sabres game tonight, tonights game will should be broadcast on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (52 in Buffalo, 218 in Syracuse, and 98 in Rochester). Last nights feed was never broadcast in Buffalo as Niagara hockey was broadcast instead.
While they have won four in a row, the Rochester Americans are also winners of eight of their last eleven contests. While Rochester is trying to surge up the standings, Syracuse is holding close to the top of the conference, but only have three points in their last six games.
David Leggio is the only goalie in the American Hockey League with over 20 victories to his credit thi season. One would think that the Amerks would be higher in the standings given this stat, but like his starting counterpart in Buffalo – Leggio starts the bulk of the games for the Rochester Americans.
Bryan Flynn and Mark Mancari have taken over the scoring duties for the Rochester Americans in T.J. Brennans absence. Flynn leads the team with 15, and with his hat trick last night, Mancari is now second in goal scoring with 14, tying the mark Brennan had when he was called up to the Buffalo Sabres.
Mancari is tied with veteran captain Kevin Porter on the team leading 24 assists. Mancari leads the team with 38 points total.
The Amerks can expect to face Dustin Tokarski in net for the Crunch tonight – he has split the season series with Riku Helenius (Tokarski has three games, Helenius has two) – but Tokarski has the only win against the Rochester Americans.
Game time is 7:30 PM at the War Memorial in Syracuse.
If you missed the game last night, watch the offensive show now: