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Amerks Host B-Sens Tonight

April 3, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Rochester Americans News Release

Tonight, the Rochester Americans kickoff their three-game weekend as the Binghamton Senators return to The Blue Cross Arena for the second leg of a home-and-home series between the two teams. The 7:35 p.m. contest will be the eighth and final meeting of the season between the intra-state rivals and will be broadcast live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK, and AHL Live.

Promotions: The game falls on the next installment of the Amerks' $7 Fridays, where fans can purchase tickets in the 200 Upper End and 200 Balcony for as low as $7. It's also Star Wars Night courtesy of Bodine Unlimited Tours. Fans can meet their favorite Star Wars characters and have the opportunity to take photos and get autographs.

All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts along with their families, and friends can purchase discounted tickets to see the Amerks take on the Senators. Tickets can be purchased at $10- $12 depending on seating arrangements.

It's 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).

Tonight marks the 12th night of the Amerks' and Dick Ide "Star Toss," with all net proceeds of the promotion going toward the recovery of Rochester police officer Anthony DiPonzio. The promotion will run during the second intermission through the Amerks' remaining three home games. Stars can be purchased at any Amerks home game for just $1 each or in groups of six for $5. The 23 year old Officer DiPonzio was shot in the line of duty on January 31st. He faces a long recovery following brain surgery.

Head-to-Head: The matchup is the eighth and final meeting of the season between the regional rivals. The Amerks fell short in a 3-2 shootout loss in the previous encounter with the B-Sens on Saturday at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena to remain winless on the road against the Senators this season. Binghamton holds the advantage in the season series with 5-2-0-0 record and has outscored Rochester 21-15 in the seven previous matchups. Rochester is 21-27-5 all-time against the Ottawa Senators' American Hockey League affiliate.

Amerks Notes: Rochester (26-40-0-8, 60 points) enters the contest after dropping a 3-2 shootout loss in the first of back-to-back tilts with the B-Sens last Saturday. Binghamton finished the season series against Rochester with a flawless 4-0-0-0 record on home ice. Karl Stewart and Kenndal McArdle scored the Amerks' pair of goals in regulation while goaltender David Shantz, in his first start since December 5th, posted a season-high 50-save effort to garner first star honors.

First-year forward Michal Repik, who shows 26 points (11+15) in his last 29 games, currently paces Rochester's offense with a team-high 45 points through 69 games and remains 15th among AHL rookies in scoring. Further, his 18 goals tie him for the team lead with Stewart while his 27 assists are equivalent to that of rookie defenseman Jason Garrison, who remains Rochester's top scoring defenseman with 34 points overall, good enough for fourth on the team and 18th among league defenseman.

Rookie forward Michael Duco is first on the team with 147 penalty minutes (PIM). Goaltender Mike Brodeur, who has started five of the last six games between the pipes for Rochester, boasts an 18-13-4 record in 38 games for the Amerks. His 2.45 goals-against average and .921 save percentage currently rank him 12th and seventh among AHL netminders, respectively.

Player Moves: Amerks General Manager Jody Gage announced today that the team has signed goaltender Miguel Beaudry to a 25-game professional tryout (PTO). The 26 year old Verner, Ontario, native arrives in Rochester after spending the season with the Rapid City Rush of the CHL. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound netminder earned a 16-20-6 record with a 3.30 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 48 games.

Binghamton Notes: Binghamton (39-27-5-4, 87 points), comes into the matchup the winners in two of their last five, with the most recent win coming over Rochester last Saturday night. Ilya Zubov paces the Sens' offense with a team-high 52 points. First-year blueliner Mattias Karlsson, recently named to the AHL's All-Rookie team, is first on the team and ninth in the AHL with 41 assists, 29 of which have come on the man advantage, a league best. He is also fourth among defensemen in overall scoring. Former Amerk and current Binghamton captain Denis Hamel, the newest member of the AHL's 500-point club, has found the back of the net 25 times this season for the team lead. The special teams' extraordinaire has scored just under 50 percent of his goals on the powerplay, good enough for 14th best in the league. Matt Carkner is first on the team and 10th in the AHL with 194 PIM. Goaltender Jeff Glass is 15-17-3 with a 3.15 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in 36 games for the B-Sens. Binghamton currently holds a fourth place standing in AHL's East Division.

Next Game: The Amerks hit the road on Saturday, April 4th for a 7:30 p.m. North Division showdown with the Syracuse Crunch at the War Memorial at Oncenter. The contest will be the 10th of 12 scheduled meetings between the longtime I-90 rivals and can be heard live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK, and AHL Live. The Amerks are winless on the road against the Crunch this season and currently trail in the season series with a 3-6-0-0 record, being outscored 31-14. Rochester, however, still maintains an 81-73-15 lifetime record against Syracuse.

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