The Rochester Americans finally return home after a five game road trip – and they face off against their interstate rivals and one of the league best Syracuse Crunch. This will be the ninth time the I-90 Rivals meet, and the Rochester Americans hold a solid 6-2 lead in the series.
Heading into tonights game, both teams need the two points to cement their position in the standings. Syracuse can regain the league lead in points, as they trail the Texas Stars of the Western Division by one point.
For the Rochester Americans, it is a long road to the end of the season. While comfortably sitting in the playoff picture, they are six points behind the Toronto Marlies for the division lead, with the same number of games played. They can move up as far as fifth in the standings tonight – as they are only two points behind the Houston Aeros.
Tonight’s contest will be televised live on Time Warner Sports Channel – as is Friday nights game against division leading Toronto.
As Rochester closes in on the end of the season, it has been a season of highs and lows, ups and downs. From callups to the struggling Buffalo Sabres, as well as the loss of their coach to the big club, Rochester has endured. On the recent road trip, Mark Mancari became the first Rochester player this year to eclipse the 20 goal mark.
Both clubs come into tonight’s contest on winning notes, with Rochester playing to a 3-0 victory – without David Leggio in net; and Syracuse coming off a 3-1 victory.