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Amerks Faceoff Against Divisional Rivals This Weekend

March 9, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) Rochester Americans

(Rochester, NY)... After coming up winless this past weekend to kickoff the final two months of the regular season, the Rochester Americans look to rebound this weekend with three games in as many nights, all of which are against North Division opponents.

The Amerks remain at home on Friday, March 13th as the Toronto Marlies make their fourth and final stop of the season at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:35 p.m. contest will be the seventh of eight scheduled meetings between the two teams this season and will be broadcast live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK, whtk.com and AHL Live. The game will also be broadcast live over the NHL network. Toronto holds the advantage in the season series with a 5-1-0-0 record this season and have outscored Rochester 24-13 in the previous six encounters. The Amerks are 11-20-1 all-time against the Toronto Maple Leafs' affiliate.

The game features the next installment of the Amerks' $7 Fridays, where fans can purchase 200 Upper End and 200 Balcony tickets for just $7. The game also falls on AAA Discount Night. All AAA members can bring their cards to The Blue Cross Arena Box Office to receive 100-End Seating for $12 each (Reg. Price $18.25) or 200-End Seating for $9 each (Reg. Price $14.25).

The Amerks hit the road the following night as they travel east down the I-90 Interstate en route to the War Memorial at Oncenter for a North Division showdown with the Syracuse Crunch. Faceoff between the longtime rivals is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start and can be heard live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK, whtk.com and AHL Live. Rochester dropped a 4-0 decision to Syracuse in the previous meeting between the two teams back on January 22nd at The Blue Cross Arena and have been outscored by the Crunch 21-9 in the past six games. The Amerks are 2-4-0-0- this season and 80-71-15 lifetime against Syracuse.

Rochester returns home on Sunday, March 15th to play host to the Hamilton Bulldogs at The Blue Cross Arena. The 6:05 p.m. contest will be the eighth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs and will be carried live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK, whtk.com and AHL Live. The Amerks earned a 4-1 victory in the last meeting with the 'Dogs on February 27th at Copps Coliseum to improve to 3-3-0-1 on the season. The Amerks are 63-49-9 all-time against the Montreal Canadiens' affiliate.

The game features the next installment of the Amerks' Red Hot Sundays. All fans who wear red to the game can receive tickets for as low as $5 for 200-end seating and best available seating for $10. As part of the festivities, the Amerks will be wearing their red jerseys.

Fans can take advantage of the Zweigle's Family Four Pack, which consists of four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for $55. The package can be purchased through Ticketmaser.com or at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office. Call the Amerks at (585) 454-5335 for more details.

Fans can also enjoy the Buy One, Get One Half-off special. Fans can purchase a ticket and get another for half the price in any seating section for any Sunday through Thursday game. Tickets can be purchased online only through Ticketmaster.com.

It's also the next Tickets for Troops night. Active military and veterans can present a Military ID, VA Card or an American Legion or VFW membership card and receive premium seating for just $10 or 200 End seats for $5, at least a savings of $12.25 per ticket. All tickets can be purchased directly at the Box Office window at The Blue Cross Arena. Lastly, fans can head down to The Distillery on 1142 Mt. Hope Ave. immediately following the game for the Amerks' official postgame party

Rochester (24-36-0-5, 53 points), enters the week currently on the heels of a three-game skid after coming up empty-handed this past weekend. The Amerks suffered back-to-back losses to the Lake Erie Monsters as part of a two-game set, falling short 4-3 Friday night and then again 6-2 Saturday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena. The Amerks closed out the weekend on home ice with a 2-1 setback last night to the Providence Bruins. First-year forward Michal Repik scored a goal in each of Rochester's three games to extend his current goal streak to four games.

Repik, who shows 22 points (11+11) in his last 20 games, currently leads the Amerks with 18 goals and 41 assists and is 11th in scoring among American Hockey League rookies. Rookie blueliner Jason Garrison has a team best 26 assists and continues to remain Rochester's top scoring defenseman with 30 points overall, good enough for fourth on the team. Further, his 30 points presently ranks him 19th among league defenseman.

Duco currently leads the team with 135 penalty minutes (PIM). Goaltender Mike Brodeur boasts a 16-9-3 record in 31 games for the Amerks. His 2.34 goals-against average and .925 save percentage currently rank him fifth and third among AHL netminders, respectively. Further, his two shutouts tie him for fifth in the league. Tyler Plante is 5-5-0 since his return to the Amerks and is 5-10-0 on the season with a 3.20 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.

Amerks General Manager Jody Gage announced today that the Florida Panthers have reassigned defenseman Luke Beaverson to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Beaverson, 24, returns to the Everblades after his third stint with the Amerks this season where he has one assist and 21 PIM in 15 games. In 21 games with Florida, the 6-foot-5, 227-pound blueliner has registered three assists.

Rochester also released forward Mathieu Roy from his PTO today after a brief one-game stint with the Amerks. The 22-year-old native of Amos, Quebec made his AHL debut last night in Rochester's 2-1 loss to Providence, notching one assist.

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