INSIDE HOCKEY » Rochester Americans Get Inside! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:49:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Late 2nd Period Surge Powers Wolves to Semis Mon, 05 May 2014 18:48:17 +0000

Following a 7-2 home loss in game four, Chicago Wolves head coach John Anderson was asked if he was nervous heading into an ensuing do-or-die game five situation against the Rochester Americans.

“We just got beat 7-2 at home, so I’m not nervous at all,” said Anderson sarcastically Friday night.

Those nerves were intensified in the decisive game five after Rochester held a 2-1 lead nearing the conclusion of the second frame.

After Shane Harper scored the opening goal of the game just a few minutes in, the Americans responded with the next two and grabbed the lead. Both Rochester tallies came via the power play.

However, a late-second period surge from the Wolves sprung Chicago back into the lead and into the Western Conference semifinals, where they will face the Toronto Marlies.

“Sometimes you have to go through a little hell to get to heaven,” said Anderson.

Brent Regner found a loose puck in the slot after Michael Davies lost the puck on a wraparound attempt and sniped it past Rochester goaltender Andrey Marakov for the equalizer. The power play tally came with two minutes, 32 seconds to play in the period.

With just 26 seconds to play in the frame, again on the man-advantage, Dmitrij Jaskin tapped home a centering pass from the side of the net to put Chicago ahead.

“Nobody cared on our team who was going to score that one,” said Jaskin. “We just tried to play for each other.” Jaskin’s power play tally proved to be the game-winner, his second of the series.

“They kind of had us on the ropes there,” said Regner. “The power play came up huge.”

From there, it was all Jake Allen for the Wolves. The AHL’s most outstanding goaltender made a crucial pad save on a one-time attempt at the side of the net with the Wolves on the penalty kill to preserve what was then a 3-2 lead for Chicago. It was an impressive rebound performance for Allen after surrendering five goals on 17 shots in game four.

“I told myself after that I wasn’t going to allow them to score again,” said Allen.

Taylor Chorney added an empty net goal with a tick over one minute to play in the game and was mobbed in front of the Chicago bench before time ran out.

“They gave us all we could handle,” said Allen. “We closed it down when we needed to and that’s all that matters.”

Chicago improved to 8-3 all-time in postseason elimination games with the win.

Game one between the second-seeded Wolves and third-seeded Marlies will take place Friday night at Allstate Arena. The two teams split the season series, with each game being decided by a single goal.

“We’re going to have our hands full there,” said Allen. “It’s going to be a challenge but I’m sure the boys will be ready.”

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Amerks Hammer Wolves to Force Game Five Sat, 03 May 2014 15:48:55 +0000

It was just one of those nights for the Chicago Wolves. Recently named the Bastien Memorial Award winner as the AHL’s top goaltender, Jake Allen had a less than impressive performance Friday night at Allstate Arena and the Rochester Americans rolled over the Wolves 7-2 in game four of the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

“We haven’t had one of those games for a long time,” said Allen. “Just one of those nights.”

Allen had allowed just two goals in the opening periods through the first three games of the series, but saw a four go up on the scoreboard after 20 minutes in this one. The first two tallies for the Americans came just eight seconds apart, less than two minutes into the game. The Wolves trailed 4-1 after the first.

Chicago had chances to close the gap, but failed to convert on consecutive power play opportunities midway through the second frame. Seconds after serving his time, Frederick Roy stepped onto the ice and wristed a breakaway shot past Allen to give Rochester a 5-1 lead. Allen would exit after giving up five goals on just 17 shots and was replaced by Matt Climie.

“We still thought we had a chance even after the end of the first period, but we gave them a chance to add on to it and they did,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson.

Christian Hanson redirected a point shot off a offensive zone face-off win to cut the lead deficit to 5-2, but minutes later, Brayden Irwin tapped home a loose puck in front through traffic and past Climie to give the Americans a comfortable four-goal cushion heading to the final period.

“When you’re down by that much you try to hang in there as long as you can,” said Anderson. “We just couldn’t recover.”

Johan Larsson tallied Rochester’s third power play goal of the game in the final frame to add insult to injury. The seven goals allowed set a new season-high for the Wolves.

It was just Chicago’s second regulation loss at home over its last 30 games at Allstate Arena, where the decisive game five will take place Sunday afternoon.

“It’s a new game, that’s all it is,” said Allen.

The Wolves are 7-3 all-time in do-or-die situations during their postseason history.

“There’s so many things that go in your mind,” said Anderson. “That’s why it’s the playoffs.”

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Amid Miller Trade, No Distractions for Allen Sun, 02 Mar 2014 14:18:47 +0000

On the evening of the Ryan Miller trade to his NHL counterpart in St. Louis, Jake Allen did not need to be perfect, he just needed to be focused. Allen stopped 22 shots en route to a 6-2 Chicago Wolves victory over the Rochester Americans Friday night at Allstate Arena.

“Ryan brings that great experience so I think it was a great move for the team,” said Allen. “For me, I’m just playing my game down here.

St. Louis also acquired Steve Ott in the deal and sent Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, and draft picks to Buffalo.

Chicago (32-17-4-2) improved to 14-0-2-0 in its last 16 games at home on the strength of four goals in the second frame, backed up by Allen’s performance in net.

“We’re really confident here and enjoy playing at home,” said Shane Harper who notched his ninth and tenth goals of the season. “I think that shows in our record.”

“The year we needed a leap year,” said a joking Wolves head coach John Anderson after his team finished off an excellent month of February.

After a sluggish first period that saw no score, the Wolves opened up play and were clicking on all cylinders. Rochester (28-19-3-4) scored the opening goal on a rebound by Luke Adam, however, Chicago responded quickly, scoring the next three goals in a span of seven minutes, 34 seconds.

“We came back with some firepower, got the ball rolling and showed some mental ability there,” said Allen.

Rochester would cut the lead to 3-2 in the second, but the Wolves would tack on three more unanswered goals to put the game away with ease. Cundari gave the Wolves a two-goal cushion on a 5-on-3 power play goal, and Sebastian Wannstrom and Harper would add two more goals and the Wolves cruised to the 6-2 win.

Unfortunately for Allen, the Miller trade means he will likely not see NHL action this season barring an injury. He was 9-4-0 last season with the Blues during 15 appearances.

“I don’t think he’s too worried,” said Harper. “I think the guy is the best goalie in the American Hockey League.”

Chicago will be back in action Sunday afternoon when it hosts Iowa to conclude a four-game home stand.

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Photo Gallery: Americans @ Penguins (2/01/14) Sun, 02 Feb 2014 14:43:54 +0000

At the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday 02/01/14, Rochester American’s  Luke Adam had 1 goal and 1 assist and goalie  Nathan Lieuwen stopped 26 shots on goal to help their team defeat the WBS Penguins by a score of 4-0. The “3 Stars of the Game” #3 RCH – Frederick Roy, #2 RCH Luke Adam, #1 RCH Nathan Lieuwen. Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Sens Can’t Hack It, Fall to Amerks Sun, 26 Jan 2014 05:31:03 +0000

BINGHAMTON – The Rochester Americans came to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena Saturday night with one goal: Spoil the Binghamton Senators in front of their largest crowd of the season. They succeeded, as they steamrolled the Sens 5-2 in front of 4505 fans, many there to celebrate the induction of Danis Hamel into the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame.

Rochester (19-15-3-3 44 points, 2nd North) made their presence known early, as for the second time in two days, Senators goalie Andrew Hammond allowed a goal in the first two minutes. Brayden Irwin scored his first goal of the year at the 1:45 mark this time on a rebound off his own initial shot. The second chance went high over the already outstretched pad of Hammond, who had no chance. Johan Larsson and Luke Adam assisted on the early goal.

“We’ve been talking about getting better starts,” Coach Luke Richardson said. “Tonight we just didn’t react.

“…We just weren’t prepared to play as hard as they did today,” he continued

Binghamton did not go down easily, as 4:49 into the period, Jean-Gabriel Pageau knotted the game up at 1 on a powerplay goal. Chris Wideman had the shot from the center point, and Pageau was in the slot to put home a long rebound past Matt Hackett to get the game back to square one. Mike Hoffman was credited with the second assist on Pageau’s seventh of the year.

The Senators looked lost during the course of the game, coughing up the puck in their own zone, giving the Amerks multiple opportunities to take the lead. On the defensive end, Rochester kept the pressure on, closing the passing lanes and giving Binghamton fits in the offensive end.

Rochester took command of the game 8:28 into the opening frame when Kevin Porter scored his eighth of the year. A shot was blocked by Derek Grant, but the puck ricocheted right to Porter in the slot, who let go an easy shot past Hammond to put Rochester up 2-1.

With Mark Borowiecki in the box for high sticking, the Amerks doubled up their lead as Jamie Tardif scored his 12th of the year at 12:14. It was another block that led to the goal as Wideman blocked Brayden McNabb’s shot right to Tardiff who scored to make it 3-1. Binghamton came within one just a minute later as Shane Prince scored his 10th of the year to make it 3-2. He let go a hard wrister from the slot that frustrated Hackett. Andre Petersson helped get the puck loose to the slot and was credited with an assist.

Binghamton escaped a lackluster first period down one, but Pageau had a chance to tie it with mere seconds remaining, but the puck hit the inside post and rebounded out to keep the game at 3-2.

“We weren’t on mentally,” Richardson said. “And that effects physically.”

That was the end of the scoring for Binghamton, and Rochester added quick insurance as Larsson scored his fifth of the year 1:26 into the second stanza. Hammond made two saves, but Larsson poked it in on the third chance to make double up the lead at 4-2. Irwin and Adam assisted.

Binghamton just could not get anything going, and only mustered eight shots in the period. Meanwhile, Rochester made their 11th of the frame count, as they scored the dagger at 19:52. After David Dziurzynski took a penalty for closing his hand on the puck, Adam scored his 18th goal of the year with McNabb and Porter helping.

Binghamton played a noticeably better period in the third, outshooting the Amerks 13-7, but their momentum came too late, as Matt Puempel and Kevin Sunder dropped the gloves at the 7:49 mark, but it was too little too late, as Hackett was dialed in in the third and sent the Sens fans home angry in the a 5-2 decision favoring the Americans.

Binghamton will face a rematch of Friday night’s victory in Albany on Sunday afternoon while Rochester returns to action Wednesday night at home against the Chicago Wolves.

“We have to make sure we rebound,” Richardson said. “Even though we’re tired, we’ll be playing three games in less than three days.”


  • Derek Grant left the game near the end of the 1st with a muscle pull. He is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow.
  • Scott Greenham will get his first AHL action of the season on Sunday as he is scheduled to start against Albany. Nathan Lawson is still day-to-day.
  • Denis Hamel was inducted into the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame. The former Captain is the leading goal scorer in team history and was a fan favorite in Binghamton for parts of 6 seasons. He also played for the Americans at the start of his professional career. The Lachute, Quebec native also played 192 NHL gamesscoring 19-12-31. He is the only Binghamton Senator to score 50+ goals, scoring 56 in 77 games in 2005-06


1. Luke Adam (ROC) G, A

2. Kevin Porter (ROC) G, A

3. Johan Larsson (ROC) G, A

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Photo Gallery: Americans @ Bears (1/04/14) Sun, 05 Jan 2014 23:14:16 +0000

At the Giant Center on 01/04/14, Hershey Bears Brandon Segal had 2 goals and 1 assist together with goaltender David Leggio’s 20 saves help defeat the Rochester Americans by a score of 5 to 1. The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 HER Cameron Shilling, #2 HER Casey Wellman, #1 HER Brandon Segal. Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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One Week Later Frontier Still Frozen in Minds Sat, 21 Dec 2013 22:20:20 +0000

Sure, it wasn’t shorts and t-shirt weather, but for the 40 players and 11,015 fans at Frontier Field, it didn’t matter as the AHL returned outdoors last Friday night in the Rochester Area Honda Dealers Frozen Frontier Presented by Labatt Blue.

“It was a great experience, first and foremost,” Amerks’ captain Mark Ellis said after the game. “Besides the game. The atmosphere, playing at home, being outside like this is second to none.”

“What a game,” an elated coach Rochester Chadd Cassidy agreed.

“Unbelievable,” Goal scorer Phil Verone added. “It’s something we’ll never forget.”

Now, a week later, many are already calling it the best outdoor event hockey has put on. The game itself didn’t disappoint, as the Rochester Americans took the 5-4 win over the Lake Erie Monsters in a very fitting shootout.

“Going out of the tunnel was pretty special and pretty cool to play,”  Amerks’ goaltender Matt Hackett said. “I may never get another opportunity in my life to play outside.”

The game was like a commercial for Buffalo Wild Wings, as with just one tenth of a second left in the third period, Lake Erie tied the game with a prayer, setting up a scoreless overtime and six-round shootout.

The event started with 20 degree weather and some light snow during warmups. Most fans had not taken their seats yet, but the excitement was visible in those that were. Many of the fans were acting like kids, enjoying a cold adult beverage while moving their arms and legs to stay warm. Still, most fans were smiling from the moment they sat down (or stood up, as most did for a mjaority of the game).

Very close to face-off time, the tempature dipped down to 18 degrees, where it remained the rest of the night. Most of the seats were filled, with other fans walking through the concourse.

“Sure it was cold,” Elllis said “But when the adrenaline’s pumping and puck’s dropped, you really don’t feel the elements.” 

“It was a little cold,” Verone added.

“I’m just trying to  keep warm, skating to the corner nonstop,” Hackett agreed. “Seeing  all the fans go nuts…they’re all bundled up. It’s different but it was a great time.”

“The atmosphere was great,” Lake Erie head coach Dean Chynoweth said. “The conditions ended up being better than we anticipated.”

Players, coaches, spectators, and media were buzzing on December 13, along with the other days of the week and a half long event that will conclude at a much warmer Frontier Field on Sunday (it is expected to be 51 degrees and rainy for the high school games scheduled.)

The game started with excitement, as Derek Roy and Mitchell Heard battled it out in the game’s lone fisticuffs matchup just 2:05 into the opening frame. Roy riled up the crowd as he skated into the open air penalty box.

This game was different, but in many ways it was the same. The same as the players grew up playing. The same as it was two of the AHL’s longest standing rivals playing in a crucial divisional match. The same in that at the end of the night, one of these two teams would be skating away into the clubhouse (I’m using the baseball term for effect!) with two points.

Ellis fittingly opened the scoring up with a goal, his fifth of the year, 3:36 into the opening period. The already amped up crowd quickly was on cloud nine. However, consecutive penalties and the ensuing powerplays, led to two quick goals for Lake Erie; within a minute of each other (Mark Oliver’s fifth at 10:34 and Matt Hunwick’s fourth at 11:39) sending the crowd into a deep freeze. The teams went into the locker room with a 2-1 Monsters lead.

While the fans warmed up in the concession areas (hot chocolate and chili were the order of the night, but beer was also a hot seller)and team store, Rochester had to figure out how to get the wind knocked back into their sails. They couldn’t lose to their rivals in an outdoor game they were hosting!

It took half the period, but the Monsters’ increased their lead to two as Garrett Meurs scored his third of the year at 9:02. It was going to take a monumental comeback for Rochester to get the two points they coveted.

“We kind of loked down at each other and said we’ve ogtta figure it out,” Verone said.

Somehow, the Amerks managed to tie the game in the second half of the period. First, Jerome Gautheir-Leduc scored at 14:57. Then Varone evened things up at 17:09. Going into the second intermission, it was Lake Erie that had some thinking to do. How do they keep it tied? How do they get momentum back?

“At the end of the day every time we kept talking about simplifing the game,” Chynoweth said. “The ice is different, the puck moves slower. All of that kicks in once you get into the earlier mid part of the game”

Rochester kept the pedal to the metal to start the third, and it paid off early, as the unlikeliness of goal scores appeared. Colton Gillies scored his second of the year at 3:07, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

The rest of the period, fans danced and screamed. Some say it was because of their excitement. Others claim they were just cold and needed to move their bodies to stay warm. Nearly 3 hours into a game with the temperature holding steady at 18 degrees, either explanation seems logical. Everyone was ready to cheer for a victory until a very late interference call (19:05) on American’s defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.

The game was nearly over. In fact, if you ask most everyone, it was over. With one-tenth of a second left, Hunwick was credited with his fifth goal of the season and second of the night, sending the game to overtime and eventually a shootout. Groans were heard among the fans, many of whom just wanted warmth.

“I knew the clock was ticking down and we had a couple of chances before that,” Chynoweth said. “I couldn’t see whether it went in. When they were raising their hands you knew it went in…we didn’t hear the horn, we didn’t see the green light go on. We saw the red light go on.”

In all honesty, the game couldn’t have ended better. It took six shootout rounds, with Lake Erie scoring in two of their first three chances. In true Frozen Frontier fashion, however, Rochester scored three unanswered to cap off the game with non other than Ellis clinching the victory and sending the fans home happy.

“It kind of reminds you of the [Penguins-Sabres] one a couple of years ago,” Verone added. “it’s fitting for [Ellis] to seal the deal for us too.

“It’s different. It was a different game, different feeling out there. Obviously it’s something all 40 of us have to go through.”

“It’s something that will be [a] great memory,” Chynoweth reminiced. “It’s something you will cherish and having played or coached in it, it’s a good experience. It’s the history of the game and how everybody started playing with the old outdoor rinks around the lakes.”

Some of the fans may still be thawing out, but they will never forget what some might call the greatest outdoor game in AHL history. At least for now.

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Prince, Sens Speed past Amerks Sun, 17 Nov 2013 03:59:55 +0000

BINGHAMTON – Shane Prince is a Rochester native. He likes to remind his hometown team. At the 9:21 mark of the third period, he flew down the center of the ice and scored an unassisted goal to effectively seal the deal for the Binghamton Senators as they handled the Rochester Americans 7-3 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in front of an announced crowd of 3564 Saturday night.

Rochester (7-4-2-2, 18 points, 1st in North Division) got on the board first during what was an effectively even first frame. After Nick Crawford’s penalty for interference 8:30 into the game, the Senators found themselves with a few good powerplay chances. Mike Sdao had a chance off a faceoff at the end of the powerplay. The shot from the left point was stopped by Matt Hackett, who let a rebound go right back to Sdao. Unable to control the puck, Sdao fell and the loose biscuit went to Mike Zigomanis, who flew down the right side, and on a 2-on-1 shorthanded opportunity let go a hard wrist shot from the right wing circle. The shot went past Andrew Hammond to make it a 1-0 Amerks lead that they took with them to the locker room. It was his sixth of the year.

Coach Luke Richardson had a talk with his team, despite a period that saw them only outshot by three (13-10), and anything but poor play. The Senators (11-4-0-0, 22 points, T-1st East Division) responded in dominant fashion, scoring four unanswered goals.

“We talked about it before the game and we really didn’t execute what we wanted,” Richardson said. “We wanted to set the pace at our pace and physicality and I thought that we were feeling it out [in the first]. That’s not the way we’re going to play in this building.

“So we challenged them on that and they came out strong and reacted in a positive way. That’s the way we want to be known to play in our building and put a little fear into other teams. Not only cane we put pucks in the net, but we play physical and outskate the other team.

“I think we were just there [in the first period]. If we’re going to be mediocre than that’s ok. We challenge these guys and they keep showing us that they want to be the best.

“We just told them, we can’t make them do that. We didn’t sit anybody out. We just told them and they did it.”

Binghamton pressed hard the entire period, and their hard work in front of the net paid off. 3:02 into the period, the re-energized Senators got a goal from Corey Cowick. Wacey Hamilton came in on the left side and tried to score a wraparound. The puck wouldn’t lift over Hackett’s outstretched left pad, but Cowick was there to push the puck past him and tie the game at 1 goal apiece. Andre Petersson was credited with the secondary assist on Cowick’s second goal of the season.

Just a minute and change later, at the 4:44 mark, Binghamton charged the net again. Mike Hoffman had the puck down the left side and instead of trying the wraparound, he let go a hard shot from the left circle. Hackett made the save, but Cole Schneider gained the puck in the right slot. His shot went off the post and right to Hoffman, who had moved to the slot and had a wide open net to score on. It was Binghamton’s first lead at 2-1 and there was no looking back, but there was more where that came from. It was Hoffman’s team leading ninth goal of the year.

About two minutes later, at 6:26, Buddy Robinson got on the scoresheet. A night after being benched in favor of Andre Petersson, he decided to make the most of his opportunity.

“He just told me [Petersson's] back,” Robinson said of his talk with Richardson after the benching Friday. “He’s going to get in the lineup and I’m OK with that. He’s a great player and we’re happy to have him back.[There's] a little bit of a fire there when you get back into the lineup and want to prove yourself.”

Hamilton came in shooting in the left slot, the rebound came right back to him. Instead of trying for a second chance, he made a nifty pass through traffic to Robinson, who scored from the right slot to make it a 3-1 game. Sdao was credited with the second assist. It was Robinson’s fourth of the year with more to come later.

Binghamton concluded their second period scoring at the 12:29 mark, as Hoffman came in on the right side and passed the puck, again through the crease, to Stephane Da Costa, who let go a rare and beautiful backhanded one-timer that fooled Hackett and made it 4-1. Despite playing only 11 games so far this year in Binghamton, it was Da Costa’s fifth goal of the year.

“Our line rushes in the second period scored two of the four goals,” Richardson said

Despite the flurry of goals, the game was nowhere near over. As a wise hockey prophet once said, the hardest lead to hold is a three goal lead. Binghamton came out flat in the third, and paid for it early, as Joel Armia scored to tighten the lead to 4-2 in Binghamton’s favor. Armia came down the right wing side and got a hard wrist shot to go off the post and in the net past Hammond at the 3:20 mark. It was Armia’s first goal of the year and his first AHL goal.

Give credit to Hammond, who carried the ship as Binghamton went through the motions for the next six minutes. Hamilton made some key saves, stretching his legs just far enough to stop the puck from going into the net on multiple occasions. The Sens looked to be in desperation mode, until Prince took over and scored his third of the season and fifth against his hometown team to make it 5-2.

After Zigomans scored again, this time through the five hole, at 12:03 (his 7th from Luke Adam and Tim Schaller), the Sens remained quiet and again relied on the clutch goaltending of Hammond.

“I thought Hammond deserved a better fate”, Richardson said. “We could have played a little more solid in front of him in the third period and keep the goals down by one or two.

“…He’s getting really comfortable [in the AHL.] It’s a really big step from college to this level. He’s got a lot more confidence…it’s only natural that he’s playing better.”

After a delay of game penalty late in the third sent Prince to the sin bin, Rochester went with an empty net, and Cowick was able to take advantage, scoring his second of the night and third of the year into the untended cage with 1:30 left. Binghamton was determined to make their rivals pay, and were not done.

Robinson came in quickly and took a feed in the slot and let a backhander go past Hackett to make it a 7-3 final just seconds before the final buzzer. It was his second of the night and fifth of the season.

Binghamton and Rochester are both off Sunday. They each return to the ice next Friday. Binghamton travels to Glens Falls to take on the Adirondack Phantoms at 7:00 while Rochester returns home to face the Utica Comets at 7:05.



  • Robinson attempted to get into a fight with Drew Bagnall. Robinson said he fell, thus no punches were thrown and the two were only assessed roughing minors. “Hopefully the next one counts,” Robinson joked.
  • Shane Prince scored not only against his hometown team, but on his 21st birthday. How’s that for a birthday present?
  • Although no power play goals were scored tonight, Binghamton and Rochester came in second and third respectively in the man-up, while both teams were in the bottom third shorthanded.
  • It was Rochester’s second shorthanded goal, and the fourth the B-Sens have allowed
  • The 7-3 score matches that of last Saturday’s game, also between the two teams.
  • Binghamton is on a season-high six game winning streak, three of which have come against Rochester.
  • It was Matt Hackett’s first game in Binghamton since the 2011 Calder Cup finals when he was with the Houston Aeros
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