UTICA COMETS (30-25-5-2) vs. ROCHESTER AMERICANS (38-18-3-2)
Blue Cross Arena, 7:05 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets hit the road to take on the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.
Last Game: The Utica Comets went back and forth with the Laval Rocket during a spirited affair, but it was Laval who earned a 5-3 victory on Saturday night at Bell Place. Kole Lind, Vincent Arseneau, and Brendan Woods scored for Utica. Michael Leighton made 25 saves in the loss.
Head-to-Head: This is the final meeting between the Comets and Amerks this season. Rochester leads the season series 6-3-0-0 and won the most recent matchup 3-1 back on February 27. The Comets have been outscored 34-23 through nine games.
Scouting the Americans: Rochester comes in with a record of 38-18-3-2 and sits in first place in the North Division. They most recently topped the Binghamton Devils 6-1 this past Sunday. Victor Olofsson leads the offense with 51 points, followed by C.J. Smith and Zach Redmond with 48 points apiece. Scott Wedgewood is the top netminder with a record of 24-10-2, a 2.55 goals-against average, and .914 save percentage.
Tough Task: Utica has their work cut out for them tonight. Rochester has won three straight games, all in convincing fashion. Additionally, they are outscoring opponents 16-4 during this streak. The Comets’ defense will need an almost perfect performance to come away with a win tonight.
Milestone Watch: Carter Bancks is closing in on a Comets team record. Bancks is two games shy of tying Darren Archibald for the most games played as a Comet (304). He has the chance to break the record this Saturday against Hartford.
Finding A Groove: Kole Lind has stepped up his offensive game. Lind has three points in his last three games, including a two-assist night against Syracuse last week. The rookie forward has 14 points (3-11-14) in 43 games this season.
Bouncing Back: Don’t expect Zack MacEwen to stay off the scoresheet for long. MacEwen has not recorded a point in two straight games, but he has played very well against Rochester. He has tallied eight points (2-6-8) in eight games against the Amerks this year and five points in his last two games against the Amerks. The second-year forward has 47 points (20-27-47) in 55 games this year.
Next Game: The Comets are back in action Friday night against the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center is at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to use the ticket exchange site, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.