Mar 17, 2023
The Rochester Americans (28-24-4-1) open a brief two-game trek through Pennsylvania tonight as they close out their season-series with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (23-26-4-5) at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Game time is slated for a 5:05 p.m. start and will be carried live on The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM The Fan Rochester as well as AHLTV.
With 15 games remaining in the regular season, Rochester sits in fourth in the American Hockey League’s North Division standings, just two points ahead of the Belleville Senators, who currently occupy the fifth and final playoff spot.
On the strength of a two-point effort from Brandon Biro (1+1) and a stellar 29-save effort from goaltender Malcolm Subban, the Amerks shutout the Laval Rocket 2-0 Wednesday night The Blue Cross Arena.
Biro, who became the first Amerks skater this season to reach the 50-point mark, extended his point streak to five games as he registered a goal and an assist. Since Mar. 4, Biro has logged 11 points on two goals and nine assists while Lukas Rousek, who also scored his 15th goal of the season, has eight points (4+4) over his last four games. Defenseman Lawrence Pilut earned his 10th assist over his last 10 games to complete the scoring for Rochester.
Subban (15-13-1) stopped all 29 shots he faced, including 19 through the first two periods, for his second shutout of the season.
After being swept in the two-game season-series in 2017-18 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Rochester has gone a perfect 8-0-0-0 in the eight meetings since, the team’s longest active win streak against any opponent.
The Amerks have scored 11 power-play goals in their last eight games against the Penguins dating back to the start of the 2017-18 season, going 11-for-37 (29.7%) with the man-advantage over that span. Conversely, Rochester’s penalty kill unit has successfully cleared 24 of the 25 shorthanded opportunities (96.0%) against in that same time frame.
Since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, Rochester has outscored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 38-15, while also outshooting the Penguins 253-243.
After suffering a defeat in his season-debut on Nov. 18, Subban has gone 15-12-1 since over his last 28 starts, including seven straight wins between Dec. 10 to Jan. 14. The seven-game win streak was the longest of his pro career.
He was the first Amerks goaltender to post seven straight wins since Jonas Johansson won nine consecutive contests during…
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