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GAME PREVIEW: AMERKS HOST ROCKET AGAIN TONIGHT AT BLUE CROSS ARENA

GAME PREVIEW: AMERKS HOST ROCKET AGAIN TONIGHT AT BLUE CROSS ARENA

Jan 18, 2023

The Rochester Americans (19-12-1-1) and Laval Rocket (14-18-4-1) clash for the second time in a week tonight in a North Division showdown at The Blue Cross Arena. Game time is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start and will be carried live on 95.7 FM/950 AM The Fan Rochester as well as AHLTV.

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Tonight’s matchup is the fourth between the two teams this season and the second in Rochester after the Amerks took a 3-1 victory last Wednesday night. Following tonight’s contest, the North Division rivals will meet three more times over the second half of the season with another get-together slated for Friday, Feb. 24 at The Blue Cross Arena.

After the Amerks claimed the first three meetings in 2021-22, the Rocket have responded with points in six of the previous eight meetings between the two teams, posting a 5-2-1-0 record over that span.

The teams split a two-game set earlier this season in Laval which saw the Amerks rebound with a 5-1 win on Oct. 29 on the strength of a three-goal first period after dropping an 8-1 decision the night before. Brandon Biro and Jiri Kulich each have three points (1+2) against the Rocket this season. 

Rochester boasts an 19-7-1-0 record all-time against the Rocket, which includes a near-perfect 9-2-0-0 mark at home dating back to the start of the 2017-18 campaign. 

Despite three-point efforts from Mason Jobst (3+0), Michael Mersch (0+3) and Anders Bjork (0+3), the Amerks allowed three goals in the final four minutes, including the go-ahead goal in the closing seconds of regulation, in a heartbreaking 7-5 loss to the Toronto Marlies Saturday on home ice.

Defensemen Jeremy Davies (1+1) and Lawrence Pilut (0+2) both notched two points while Jiri Kulich (1+0) and Linus Weissbach (0+1) added one to complete the scoring. 

Goaltender Malcolm Subban (9-3-0) saw his career-long seven-game win streak halted as he suffered his first defeat since Dec. 7.

After suffering a defeat in his season-debut on Nov. 18, Subban has gone 9-2-0 since, including seven straight wins between Dec. 10 to Jan. 14. The seven-game win streak was the longest of his pro career and the third-longest streak among all AHL goaltenders behind Toronto’s Joseph Woll and Calgary’s Dustin Wolf.

He’s was the first Amerks goaltender to post seven straight wins since Jonas Johansson won nine consecutive contests during the 2019-20 campaign.

Subban had arguably his best performance of the season during a…

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